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Week 1/April
Congratulations to Lee Davey

who has just won the U18 K1 Australian Marathon Championship.
In K2 he and his NSW partner got the bronze. This gives Lee a place in the Aust Team for the World Champs in the Czech Republic later this year. Further details on the AC site.
It's On Again-- the Down River Series
Lack of water has not stopped Perth's white water paddlers from holding the most exciting race series in the whole of the world.The first race will be held at Ascot Kayak Club this Sunday -while we are not actually expecting any white water at all that will not stop us from holding the first race of the season. So come along and have a go- all craft are welcome. We would love to see some of the double kayaks out for the event - the challenge is there for the taking !! Here are the details -
Date Sunday 7th April
Venue Ascot Kayak Club
Time 1pm
Cost $ 10.00
Course 3 km flat (flat-out?)around buoys twice
More Details Penny Bates 9299 6512
For White Water Paddlers - Into the Tsangpo Gorge 
In a bold mid-winter expedition, an international Dream Team of the world's top kayakers completes the first whitewater descent of Tibet's legendary Tsangpo Gorge - deepest gorge in the world. 
Go to :<http://www.outsidemag.com/tsangpo/index.html> http://www.outsidemag.com/tsangpo/index.html
Thanks to Paul Smith for sending this in.                    
Stolen Kayaks, Skis, etc.
Here's an update from Andrew Linton. "A friend of a friend went and looked at a kayak for sale through the Quokka.
A day or so later she was approached by the Police who asked her to set up another look at the boat as they were tracking a gang that seemed to be specialising in stealing boats from locked sheds. She helped in the "sting" and a couple of likely lads were nailed over the thefts.
So, I hope we will see some boats going back to their rightful owners soon. Will Bird's ski, etc."
University of Western Australia - Paddle Challenge : 2002
Sunday 26th May 2002

Bayswater to Caversham - 18 km $4,000 worth of prizes
Entry :-           Standard Entry Fee : $25:00 per paddle - Canoeing WA members : $20:00 per paddle.  Late Entry : $30:00
Classes : K1, K2, Ski 1, Ski 2, Short Rec,, Long Rec., Corporate Challenge Relay
Rego : 7:30 am, Briefing : 8:30 am
Starts : 9:00 am ( Slower classes first )
Contact your canoe club or the Canoeing Association for entry forms.
PAWA Katherine Red Cross Canoe Marathon
Katherine River, Northern Territory (321 kilometres south of Darwin) 8th and 9th June, 2002
81 kilometres over two days.
Details of this event have just been updated on my website. Go to http://www.iinet.net.au/rokhor/canoe/kathmara.html or click on "Other Events" on my home page.
Week 2/April
Fantastic Shark Bay Paddle!

Four paddlers from Perth took part in this unique event, from Gladstone to Monkey Mia via Faure Island, during Easter, including me! Both Sue Swain (who organised the Perth paddlers) and I have written stories about the paddle - read them at: http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/yarnindex.html or click on 'Paddlers Yarns' on the front page of website. There's also some pics. It was organised by Lee Wright of Carnarvon who can be contacted at: <mailto:%20wilt@wn.com.au>wilt@wn.com.au if you want to register your interest in a future event.
Avon Descent Demo Day
Mainpeak Paddlesports will be holding an Avon Descent Demo Day, Sunday 21st April, 9 am until 12 noon at Freshwater Bay.
There will be boats and paddles to demo, expert advice on all the gear and a display of Avon essentials such as helmets, pfds, booties, clothing, hydration systems and food/drinks and more. More info' contact Ken, 9284 3759.
Down River Paddling Technique Tips
(New on website) Though nothing takes the place of on-the-water tuition, read some helpful notes with diagrams from a workshop given by Dave Worthy. The notes are intended for new down river paddlers and much of the info applies to plastic boats as well, particularly "How to Handle the River". Please note that they are copyrighted and are not for distribution though you are welcome to download them for personal use. Link from Local Paddlers' Page or go to: <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/downrivpad.html>http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/downrivpad.html
New paddlers! - all of the races in these newsletters are suitable for all levels of paddler - they're not just for the elite few - as a beginner you learn such a lot by participating!
On Again! - Snowgum Series Races
#1 Hester Park to Shelley Bridge & Return Race - This Sunday!

(The start this year will be at Kent Street Weir)
Sunday, 14th April, at Kent Street Weir, end of Kent Street, off Fleming Road, Wilson
Rego : 1:00 pm, Briefing : 1:45 pm, first start ASAP after briefing
All classes & age groups - ALL welcome!
Entry Fee : $15:00 Senior $12:00 Junior Canoeing WA Members - $10:00 Senior    $7:00 Junior
Organisers: Ascot Kayak Club on behalf of Darling Range Canoe Club 
Further info' please contact Peter Martin : 9277 4704 or <mailto:ascotkayak@canoewa.asn.au>ascotkayak@canoewa.asn.au
Canoeing Down Under - Down River Series
Results of Race 1, Ascot Kayak Club, email Burky at  <mailto:burky@iinet.net.au>burky@iinet.net.au He will send you a Word attachment - or go to: <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/drrace1res.html>http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/drrace1res.html   
Next Race is 28th April, The Drain Race, a popular one despite the name! Meet at 12 noon, end of Mason Street, Cannington, unless advised otherwise in the meantime. More details closer to the event.
Read what Dan the Weatherman has to say about what's left of April . . .
forgot to put a phone no. for those wanting to have a go at the UWA Paddle Challenge (Sunday 26th May, Bayswater to Caversham - 18 km - teams or solo). You will need an entry form - obainable from your canoe club or else phone the charming Caroline 9285 8501 at the canoeing association and she will pop one in the mail for you.

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