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Week 1 /November
Thursday, 6th November, 2008

Movember is Upon Us!
Do your bit for Men's Health issues and propagate your finest piece of facial furniture. Paddler, Ty Stedman, along with other WA paddlers such as Dave Worthy, are donning the "mo" in an attempt to raise as much money as they can for Prostate Cancer Research and Depression Awareness. You can get involved by joining their team or donating to the cause at <http://www.Movember.com.au>www.Movember.com.au .

For more information please contact Ty Stedman <mailto:ty@precisionpaddling.com.au>ty@precisionpaddling.com.au.
To join: Movember Team # 1554371.
To donate: <http://www.Movember.com.au>www.Movember.com.au -> Donate tab -> Donate to Team -> Team name: Precision Mo's

Movember - First Fundraiser
Big social paddle - Sunday, 16th November, with all registration costs going to Movember. Ty says, "It's a bit of an epic as we will paddle from Middle Swan Bridge to The Left Bank in Fremantle. Besides the 43km, the paddle won't be too full on. The aim is paddling together in a social group and getting to paddle with guys, or gals, that you might not normally paddle with. There will be four checkpoints along the way so paddlers can choose to partake in sections if they are not up to the full distance."

There are some requirements of paddlers, with some details on the website, and further details provided on registration.
All the details and how to register for the paddle, as well as joining the team and making donations are on the following webpage, <http://www.precisionpaddling.com.au/movember.html>www.precisionpaddling.com.au/movember.html.

Summer Slalom
Training on Sunday this week is at Point Peron.  Summer Race #3 is on 14th December, so mark these dates in your diary. Joy Lowther

What a way to spend the weekend!
Dave Boldy, AKC, says, "I'm running a simple webpage on a paddling trip I'm doing this weekend to New Zealand. It's at http://sites.google.com/site/wapaddling/Home/paddling-adventures/bolders-shotover-nz  . " The Shotover looks to be a great white water paddling river.

Syd's in Flood
There's some pics of this year's flood conditions at Syd's Rapid during the Descent <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/sydsat09m.html>here. They were taken at the same locations as the pics already on that page (@ 0.3m and 0.9m) so you can see what a difference some rain makes! You will have to click on the links to the "flood pics". Our thanks to Elaine Lennox, Brad Jones and Colin Scully for their photos.

New Front Page Pic
<http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe>Here's a group enjoying a day on the Moore River: from left, Helen, Laraine, two visitors, Jim and Jan. (If the visitors email me their names I'll add them!) They're about to return upstream with the help of the afternoon sea breeze.  Marathon #2 takes place here, Sunday, 16th November. It's a 12.5km or 7km course. No car shuffle required.  Registration 7:30 - 8:30am at Guilderton boat ramp. 

What's On in Canoeing?
The state association, Canoeing Western Australia, has released the canoeing program for the rest of this year and next.  It is available as a pdf file <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/Canoe%20Events,%202008-2009.pdf>here.  (You will need Adobe Acrobat for this.) Many thanks to Peter Martin's efforts.

Fun for Young Families
The "Peekaboo" is a sit-on water craft with a see-through window in the bottom, so young kids can explore the underwater world without goggle and snorkel. Terry Bolland tells us he has them in stock at Canoeing Down Under.  He's also well stocked with lots of other craft at present, and those imported are priced at the former more favourable exchange rate.

Website Updating
Thanks to Alex Campbell for letting me know about a couple of obsolete river level links which I have now adjusted.  If anyone comes across other out-of date links or info' etc., please let me know.

Another Interesting Evening with Mountain Designs
7pm, 11th November, Social Science Theatre, UWA. 
Tim Cope journeyed from Mongolia to Hungry on horse back travelling in the "Footsteps of Genghis Khan" and taking over three years to complete this amazing journey.

Tim won Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year Award in 2006, he has presented to National Geographic's Annual Adventure Awards in Washington, his documentary "Off the Rails' has been screened on the ABC and "The Yenisey Expedition", about his rowing expedition across Siberia to the Arctic Ocean, has been screened on the National Geographic channel.

"We are doing this presentation to help Tim raise $7000 for quarantine services to bring his faithful dog Tigon out to Australia. Tigon, which means 'Hawk' or 'fast flyer' in Kazakh, accompanied Tim on his epic journey guarding his three horses and keeping Tim safe from wolves and bandits."

Tickets $20, available from Mountain Designs, 862 Hay St., Perth, 9322 4774. Bookings are essential.

2nd Hand 3 seater canoe for family, similar to Bushranger or Reflection. Please send pics and price to - <mailto:pandrdawson4@optusnet.com.au>pandrdawson4@optusnet.com.au .
2 x Fibreglass Canoes, sound condition. 2 seats. Contact Julian on  <mailto:julian_ilich@yahoo.com.au>julian_ilich@yahoo.com.au .

Week 3 /November
Thursday, 20th November, 2008
Crossing The Ditch
Tuesday, 25th November, 7pm. (Doors open, 6:45pm)

Come and meet James and Justin and learn about their famous epic journey when they paddled from Australia to New Zealand. See footage of this journey and listen to stories about massive waves and sharks. Learn about the mental toughness required and what inspired these adventurers to complete such a task! It's to be held at the City of Perth Surf Life Saving Club, Challenger Parade, City Beach. $10 for CWA Members; $15 for Non CWA Members.

Tickets are available at Mountain Designs, Perth, and at the door on the night, if still available. Light food and drinks available, bar open. Don't miss this opportunity, all are invited! Ash Nesbit
(Organised by Canoeing Western Australia and Mountain Designs)

Mainpeak Paddlesports Bay 2 Beach
Sunday, 30th November

It's a 17km estuary and ocean paddle race from Mosman Bay to Cottesloe Beach.  Open to all ocean going craft, subject to entrants' self assessment as to ability and fitness to paddle this distance safely. Go <http://www.wa.canoe.org.au/default.asp?Page=10999&MenuID=Events/c13288/10600>here for more info' and online entry. Not paddling?  CWA volunteers can earn $20 for their club by helping out on the day. Contact <mailto:jesse.phillips@canoe.org.au>Jesse for more info'.

Flatwater Coaches' Course
CWA are holding a Level One Flatwater Kayak Coaches' Course on the weekend of 13th-14th December 2008, at Ascot Kayak Club.  The course is suitable for aspiring coaches, unqualified experienced coaches, and athletes wishing to expand their experience base.  Please contact Amanda Simper for further information,  9383 2642, or e-mail <mailto:amandasimper@vellocet.com>amandasimper@vellocet.com .

Sunday Sea Kayaking Training
Les Allen and team from West Coast Kayaks can train you in all the ins and outs of sea kayaking. Lessons are held on Sundays, usually at Shoalwater Bay. They cater for all levels of paddler. All instructors are Australian Canoeing qualified instructors. It's $30 per hour and half lesson. To book or for more info' please phone Les Allen, 0419 900 715.

Win a Spirit Paddle!
Thanks to the support of Spirit Paddlesports, all donations of $10 or to Movember via the Precision Mo's team goes into the draw to win a Spirit Carbon Sport Paddle. All the details are at <http://www.precisionpaddling.com.au/Movember.html>www.precisionpaddling.com.au/Movember.html.

A big thanks to all who participated in the Movember fundraising paddle from Middle Swan Bridge to the Left Bank in Fremantle. We are looking forward to even more paddlers involved in this great charity event next year. Ty Stedman

Down River Boat Building
Dave Worthy and Darryl Long will be attending the Wild Water National Titles to be held from 2nd to 11th January, 2009, in Tasmania. To coincide with this event Dave Worthy is building a new boat for the race and has offered to demonstrate to Down River enthusiasts the process of constructing a WWK1 boat. If you have an interest in this and would like to attend please contact Richard Molek, <mailto:wwdr@iinet.net.au>wwdr@iinet.net.au . Numbers are limited and will be restricted to CWA members and those who can attend all sessions: 9am - 2pm, for four Sundays, commencing 30th November.

Here's the link to the document which has all the details: http://www.ascot.canoe.org.au/site/canoeing/ascot/downloads/WWR/Boat%20building%20session%202008.pdf  .

Shotover River
The story and pics of Dave Boldy's "wow!" weekend of white water paddling in New Zealand are here: http://sites.google.com/site/wapaddling/Home/paddling-adventures/bolders-shotover-nz  .

Whitewater Park
Here's some background info' for those new to canoeing/paddling and to this email news.  Local white water paddlers of renown such as Robin Bell and Kynan Maley started their paddling careers at a picturesque, natural, but challenging white water course situated below the Stirling Dam on the Harvey River. Though paddlers had been using this course for decades, it was lost a few years back.

Since then, aspiring and talented paddlers, usually young, have had to go east to continue their training. The rest of us have had to make do with what the heavens send us each winter or head to the Collie River when irrigation water is released in summer.

There have been long standing efforts, however, mainly by Colin Thorpe, SCC, to acquire a "white water park" right here in Perth, along the lines of the one at Penrith, NSW, to take the place of the Harvey course. There's a rather large pile of dirt, left over from the excavation of the excellent Champion Lakes course, which is mooted to be the site of such a facility.  All that is needed is some $ to build it.

There's a website devoted to this project <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/>here and if you'd like to show your support become a 'Friend' - it's easy and does not cost you anything. Just go to the website and click on "Register Now". It all helps!

West Oz Polie Visits Penrith
Terry Waldron, Minister for Sport and Recreation, accompanied by Ron Alexander, Director General, Dept. of Sport and Recreation visited the Penrith White Water Course in NSW this week.  They were hosted by a "who's who" of WA white water paddling, Robin Bell, Robbie Jeffery and coach Zlatan Ibrahimbegovich as well as Jack Hodge and coach, Richard Fox. Kynan Maley is overseas at present.

Canoeing Programme and Registration Times
Please note the event times advertised in the Canoeing Western Australia program which was released recently are "water booking times".  Registration times for each event will be advertised closer to the event or are to be found in the relevant handbooks and on websites.

You can get an online copy <http://members.iinet.com.au/~rokhor/canoe/Canoe%20Events,%202008-2009.pdf>here. (pdf)

Sydney 2009 World Masters Games - Perth Roadshow
Tuesday, 25th November, 6:30pm
The Games will be held 10th-18th October, 2009 and there's plenty of <http://www.2009worldmasters.com/Canoe-Kayak/default.aspx>canoeing events listed: canoe polo, marathon, slalom, flatwater. All potential participants are invited to attend the "Perth Roadshow" where you can learn more about becoming involved in the world's largest multi-sport event. It's to be held in the Caroline Room, Mercure Hotel, 10 Irwin Street, Perth. Topics covered include: sport and venue information, social events, how to register, travel information.

Places are limited, so book now.  RSVP 20th November.  Please advise as to how many persons will be attending, including name and email address. Email this info' to: <mailto:rod.dowler@2009worldmasters.com>rod.dowler@2009worldmasters.com .

For more info' regarding the roadshow please email: <mailto:info@2009worldmasters.com>info@2009worldmasters.com .

Lynne Bates, Chief Operating Officer, Sydney 2009 World Masters Games Organising Committee

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