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Week 1 /May
Slalom Winter Series Starts
Sunday, 20th May
at Hester Park, Langford. Registration: 9am; pre-race coaching: 9am; race briefing: 10am. Pre-race coaching will be available for the TID paddlers and beginners. Contact your coaches if attending. Early registrations for racing can be made to Nicky at <mailto:reality.check@bigpond.com>reality.check@bigpond.com . Please register your name, age, category and class. Early registraions help with the smooth running of the day.  

Slalom Judges' Course
Margie Jeffery will be running a judges' training course for all interested persons. We encourage all parents to attend this session for an understanding of how races are run and how the competitors are judged. This course will be run in conjunction with the pre-race coaching so you won't miss out on seeing your child race. Contact Nicky at <mailto:reality.check@bigpond.com>reality.check@bigpond.com if you wish to attend.

Canoeing WA Paddle Challenge - some changes!
Sunday, 20th May
. This year's race has an all new course with a little glimpse of the old and a splash of the new for an exciting distance paddle, without the car shuffle. It will be a great lead in event for those tackling the Avon Descent this year and for those paddlers that are excited about paddling in a big race. It's 19.5km, out and back from Hinds Reserve, Bayswater to Guildford and return to bottom turn via Ascot Waters canals to finish at Bayswater.
Registration: 7:00 - 8:30am; Start: 9:00am. Events include: Full Course, Duo Race ­ 2 x 9.75km, Teams Relay ­ 3 x 3.5km, Guppy Race ­ 2 x 3km

Online Entry will be available from Monday, 7th May. For more info' check the website <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/paddlechallange>www.wa.canoe.org.au/paddlechallange or contact 9285 8501 or email  <mailto:canoe@canoewa.asn.au>canoe@canoewa.asn.au .
Film Night: Pirates of the Caribbean - At World's End
Sunday, 27th May, 5.45pm, Astor Theatre, Mt Lawley, $15.00 This is a fund raiser for Jesse Phillips who has been selected to represent Australia in the 'Under 23' sprint kayak team. He will be competing at international regattas in Europe, this coming June. There will be a raffle and door prizes on the night!  Come along and have some fun and support Jesse at the same time. For tickets contact: Jesse Phillips 0422 678 055
<mailto:styla_numba1@iprimus.com.au>styla_numba1@iprimus.com.au . . . or on the dooror on the water!

Dead Lucky Book Launch (not paddling but very interesting)
Wednesday, 23rd May, 7pm at Social Science Lecture Theatre, UWA. Lincoln Hall made the news having survived a night out at 8,600m on Everest last May after he'd been given up for dead. His first attempt on Everest was in 1984 with Tim McCartney-Snape and Greg Mortimer on the first Australian Everest Expedition After the presentation books will be available for sale and signing. Entry - $15 (part proceeds Australian Himalaya Foundation of which Lincoln is a director and the Bibbulmun Track Foundation. Presented by Mountain Designs. Tickets are available through Mountain Designs, Perth, 9322 4774. Seats are limited and there will only be one lecture.

Avon Water Levels 
Here's the story this year so far . . .
Intrigued by what appeared to me at first glance to be discrepancies in the Department of Water's water level readings on their website I did some research and found out the following:-
A 'good rain event' happened in the catchment of the East and South Mortlock rivers, tributary to the Avon, (enters just below Northam Weir) on 22nd April. Though the Toodyay gauge showed a big 'jump' on 25th April as a result, this water just continued to fill the many pools downstream. Walyunga pool did not react at all. The Great Northern Highway graph shows a very small 'jump' on 29th - a result of local rain, not the Avon filling up! More recently rains in the Dale River catchment (enters the Avon below Beverley) also started filling the pools downstream towards Northam. The pools have all been very low, understandably, after the poor rains last winter. The good news is that it should not take many more good rains for the river to flow.

The Department of Water's readings at Great Northern Highway and Toodyay are of most use as a guide to the 'paddleability' of the river when there is a constant flow from the inland catchment as is usually the case mid winter.

Albany Canoe Club 
May - July calendar has been updated <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/albcc.html>here. They have some most interesting local paddles and welcome northern visitors who would like to join in.

"Nutrition for Avon Descenters", a Lecture by Rae Collis
Monday, 7th May,
7:30pm at Ascot Kayak Club 
Presented by Canoeing Down Under
Rae, who is an exercise physiologist and naturopath, will be discussing important dietary requirements for all stages of your Descent preparation and participation. Terry Bolland says, "Rae has competed in the Avon Descent herself and understands just what it takes to compete in this endurance event." You must book - 9378 1333. ($5 donation to the CDU Junior Fund)

Champion Lakes Opening
All went well - <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>here's a few pics from the day - click on the pic on home page. This international regatta centre will be a wonderful venue for various watersports, including sprint, marathon and canoe polo. Facilities and landscaping are still to come . (That's why there's so much sand and clay in the pics.) It was impressive to have a good crowd of paddlers take off with a big splash in their inaugural race, just as the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure officially opened the course.

Event Reminders
Sat & Sun, 5th & 6th May, Marathon State Championships. Meet at AKC, Garvey Park, Registration: 7:30-8:30am
Sat, 12th May, Wild Water Race (flatwater with some obstacles) at AKC. Registration: 1:00-1:30pm

- not too tippy. Prefer X Lancer or similar, in reasonable condition. Please phone Adrian, 9249 8682 or 

Week 2 /May
Multiplex Avon Descent News

Entries open 20th May, 12 noon. At this time, online entries will be available <http://www.avondescent.com.au/>here with your credit card (a secure section of website). For those who don't already know, the 2007 event date is Saturday and Sunday, 4th & 5th August.
Support Needed for Overseas Entrants
The 2007 Avon Descent is looking for expressions of interest in being support crew for international paddlers who will be making the trip over for this year's event.  If you are interested in providing support at an elite level just for the race, for practice weekend and race and/or anything else, please email <mailto:info@avondeascent.com.au>info@avondescent.com.au
Any assistance would be appreciated. Lisa Lilleyman

Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Sponsorship Bonanza!
Fancy yourself a good show in the Avon Descent? Posted a great result last year? Super motivated, training hard with some good local race results under your belt?

If the above sounds like you or someone you know, we would love to see a Kayaking CV for consideration as a Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Sponsored Paddler. Men's and Women's classes should both apply. We have three boat and gear packages up for grabs including your choice of Multisport, Endorfinn, Afinnity or Finn Kayak.

If the above sounds just a little beyond you but you are super keen anyway, send in your CV as we may even throw up a Wildcard Sponsorship Package as well. Please email all CV's / queries to <mailto:andy@finnkayaks.com>andy@finnkayaks.com .

News of Lee Davey, local sprint paddler extraordinaire
"Paddlers may be interested to know that Lee has been working and training in Norway. He is staying in Asker near Oslo and training near there in Baerum. I have attached (<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/images/baerumkaycl.jpeg>here) a photo of the canoe club which, as you can see, is magnificent! (I agree! - Robyn)  The Foil Kayak designer, Peter Ribe, lives there and so does Erik veras Larsen (sprint world champ). Lee will join Jesse and other Australian Team members in Germany end July before coming home for a while before his job (completed Honours as a Geophysicist last year) takes him away again." Geoff Davey

The Canoe & Kayak Marathon, the Murray 200/100/Relay, South Australia
Queen's Birthday Long Weekend 9th-11th June in the Riverland region
This is one of Australia's premier long distance canoe marathons. Dedicated athletes might chose to paddle the full distance of 208km from Berri to Morgan. This distance, however, can be paddled as a single, a double or in a relay team.  A 100km distance, aptly nicknamed "the gentleman's race", is available for less adventurous paddlers. For info' please contact the Event Promotions Officer, Brad Butler, l <mailto:brad@bbpl.com.au>brad@bbpl.com.au or (08) 8552 241. Alternately, you may contact MCC President, Greg Roberts,  <mailto:mcc@canoe.org.au>mcc@canoe.org.au or (08) 8351 5265. Here's the website:


The Marathon Canoe Club of South Australia 
specialises in long distance paddling and competition on predominantly inland, flat water.  The marathon discipline is considered to be any paddle/race longer than 10km. Venues across South Australia include West Lakes, Onkaparinga River, Patawalonga, Lake and Encounter Lakes as well as a number of races on the River Murray. More information is available from the club's website ­ <http://www.mcc.canoe.org.au/>www.mcc.canoe.org.au

Found . .
on Swanbourne Beach, half of a breakdown paddle, black shaft and black plastic blade. Phone 9384 3623.

White Water Park Debate in Parliament
"The white water park was debated in Parliament again on 9th May. You may recall the Liberal Party motion "That this house calls on the government to ensure that the Water Corporation honours its commitment to provide $10.85 million in financial assistance to Canoeing WA to replace the Harvey international slalom course that it was forced to relinquish in 1998", had three minutes in the previous sitting of Parliament.

This time it was a 68 minute debate. Trevor Sprigg, Shadow Minister for Sport, moved the motion. Terry Waldron, Deputy Leader of the National Party, and Tony Simpson, Liberal, spoke in support.

Mr John Kobelke, Minister for Sport and Recreation, then replied, speaking for about ten minutes. He, too, was supportive. He moved an amendment to the motion which read "That this House supports Canoeing WA in its efforts to find a replacement for the Harvey International Slalom Course". Bob Kucera, Labor, spoke in support. This motion was passed.

A very useful step in the process. Our thanks to the Liberal Party and the National Party for raising the matter. Our thanks to Minister John Kobelke and the Government for their support of the Canoeing WA campaign to get a white water park at Champion Lakes." Colin Thorpe

Among the Gum Trees
The new <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>front page pic is of a group of keen paddlers at the start of a Murray River social paddle, from Ascot and Swan canoe clubs.

Paddle to Work?
"Has anyone ever raised the possibility of providing canoe storage as part of the Swan River redevelopment near the convention centre? It seems a great opportunity to promote the idea of paddling to work. There has been stacks of money spent on bike paths and lockers at railway stations. A small storage facility located near the planned artificial beach could be the catalyst for another non car mode of transport to work." Trevor Glover

Who's Who?
Due to public demand here are the identities of the four charming young ladies in the K4 in last week's new front page pic taken at Champion Lakes inaugural kayak race: from front to back, Helke Thorpe, Julie Morgan, Julie Howlett & Leonie Cockman, all members of Ascot Kayak Club. That pic and the link to the rest of the opening day photos are now lower down the <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>page.

Marcus Demuth - Another Paddling Adventure
The New York City paddler who recently paddled around much of our south west coast writes to us:

"After paddling on the South and West Coast of Australia in February, I will attempt a circumnavigation of Ireland this coming June and July. Before and during the circumnavigation of Ireland, I will raise money for "Ireland's Lifeboat Institution". It provides, on call, the 24-hour service necessary to cover search and rescue requirements to 50 miles out from the coast . . .  It depends entirely on voluntary contributions and legacies for its income . . .  Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboats have saved more than 137,000 lives. To make a donation for the Ireland Lifeboat Institution by PayPal or credit card, please go to <http://www.marcusdemuth.com/>www.marcusdemuth.com, or go to the official RNLI website at <http://www.rnli.org.uk>http://www.rnli.org.uk . Either way, please send me an email  <mailto:marcusdemuth@yahoo.com>marcusdemuth@yahoo.com with your name, and you will be listed on the Ireland website as a donator. Thank you, thank you, thank you!"

Anyone Can Win This Movie Voucher
CRCC (Canning River Canoe Club) meet for training on Tuesday evenings at 5:00pm for 5:30pm start between the Riverton and Shelley Bridges. All paddlers are welcome. Training is a nomination time trial of 4km, $1 to participate - each paddler nominates a time to complete the course - closest to their nominated time wins the movie voucher.

Perth Canoe Polo Club - some fund raising
Ian Plummer is selling the Perth entertainment books to benefit the club. They are $60. If you're interested contact him 9402 7637 or email <mailto:iantrish@westnet.com.au>iantrish@westnet.com.au .

Endorfinn ski -
please contact Matt Palmer, 0417 969 980
Surf ski for Avon Descent. Contact Trevor, 0431 081 257.

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