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Week 2/February

Experienced paddler wanted for Rottnest Channel swim team, Sat. 22nd. They'll look after you.
Contact Adam 0412 926 372 or <mailto:adamgrok@bigpond.com>adamgrok@bigpond.com for more info.
Coming . . . Avon Descent Info Night - Terry Bolland
If you know someone that is thinking about entering the Avon and wants to know how to go about it, tell them about the info' evening:
Thursday evening 20th Feb., 7pm at the shop, 144 Railway Parade, Bassendean. Cost: Free. Ring Terry on 9378 1333
Diabetic Sportspersons Take Note - from Craig Wallis
If you know someone who is diabetic please pass this on:
"MAD (Mountains for Active Diabetics) is a group of outdoor adventure sports enthusiastic diabetics, which has now joined forces with other international groups such as IDEA 2000 (<http://www.idea2000.org>www.idea2000.org) to inspire other diabetics and service providers into confident self diabetes management and also the promotion of adventure pursuits with diabetes management specifically in mind."
Learn to Paddle
The two largest canoe clubs in WA hold informal sessions for members of the public wanting to try paddling before committing to club membership. Contacts are Arnold Drok at Ascot Kayak Club, 9364 4056 h, and Brad Reed at Swan Canoe Club, 9430 4540 h. Ascot holds monthly courses on Wednesday evenings (small fee) and Swan has a "come 'n try " the last Sunday afternoon in each month (no charge).
Event Reminder
From Cathy Fry - Marathon 5, The Barker's Race
Sunday, 16th Feb 23 km or short course 12 km Start & Finish - Ascot Kayak Club - to Barker's Bridge & return either once or twice. Registration: 7 - 7:55 am. Briefing 8 am. Sausage sizzle after. Enquiries 9277 7489 (6:30 -7:15 am or 7- 9pm only)
Event Results + Photos
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html>XXXX & Western Shoot Out
Reminder that as organisers of events post results/photos on their websites the URLs are placed on<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/locpad.html> Local News page asap afterwards.
For Sale
Sea Kayak - Raider X
- fully equipped expedition boat, 5. 8 m. Very good condition, $1500. Contact Les Allen, 0417 445 149
Spraydeck - new - suits Dagger. $65 ono. Call Neville 0418 929 733 or <nevholden@smartchat.net.au>nevholden@smartchat.net.au
There's heaps more 'for sale' items on Bulletin Board now that paddlers are looking for Avon boats.
Old or broken surf skis
, kayaks etc In any condition, don't even have to float! Please donate to our university club. Contact Tim 0409 664 030, or <mailto:tj@perthmail.com>tj@perthmail.com
Affinity (Finn sit on top ) in good condition - one or two wanted - phone 0414 587 595 or <mailto:debbiej@ozzienet.net>debbiej@ozzienet.net 
Ace 515 Explorer
touring double, for this year's Avon Descent. Please contact Samuel at <mailto:samuel@blue-ferret.com.au>samuel@blue-ferret.com.au or ph 0418 925 714
Spirit CTR surf ski wanted. One or two. Please call Peter (08) 9319 3331
Week 3/February
Urgent - Paddler Needed for Rottnest Swim this Saturday

Team desperately seeking a replacement paddler in the 100+ mixed 4 person relay, 2 guys & 2 girls, team #426. Contact is Glenn Paddick on 9534 8343 or 9535 5966, email <mailto:glenn-p@mandurah.wa.gov.au>glenn-p@mandurah.wa.gov.au. The team will pay the paddler's return ferry fare and be eternally grateful.
Calling all northern adventurers . . . from Brendan Oversby
"I am looking for info' on good whitewater runs in the Kimberley region. I have heard that the Fitzroy is excellent when the level is up and have paddled parts of the King Edward but that is about the extent of my knowledge. I am really keen to find out any info' soon as I am heading up in April with my kayak. If anyone is wanting to join us for some ocean and whitewater kayaking in the Kimberley at this time then please contact me <mailto:brendan.oversby@wrc.wa.gov.au>brendan.oversby@wrc.wa.gov.au or phone wk 9690 2629, h 9621 1222, m 0438 927 052."
Perth2Darwin Fundraising Marathon
Huw Kingston from NSW is tackling this by kayak, bike and walk. He leaves Perth by kayak on 9th April. " I hope to paddle out from Perth as far as Cervantes for the first few days. Any info on this section is welcome. Happy to have company along the way if there are some sea kayakers free." You can contact him <mailto:huw@polarismtb.com.au>huw@polarismtb.com.au
Spirit Paddle Sports
have joined the list of businesses which support this website and the paddling news. Thanks to Spirit as well as: Canoeing Down Under, Finn Kayaks, KJs, Main Peak Paddlesports, Mandurah Sportz, Rivergods, Thule.   
Fun paddling programmes for kids 
Ascot Kayak Club
- series of four week courses starting Monday, 3rd March, for ages 10 - 15 years, from 4:45pm to 6pm - $20. All gear supplied. More details Contact Eve 9274 4876 or Ann 9451 3372.
Swan Canoe Club - juniors, 10+yrs are welcome to try out free for 3 weeks then need to join the club to continue, plus course fee of $20 - Wednesday nights, 5pm to 6:15pm - More details Contact Colin 9446 5505.
Change of Scene . . .
There's a new front page on my website - check it out
Finn Kayaks Avon Descent Info Night
This is for novices, support crews & interested persons - to be held at Swan Canoe Club, Johnson Parade, Mosman Park (Next to Mead's Fish Café)
Tuesday, 11th March 2003, from 7.30pm - 9.30pm
Presented by Alwyn Duke who has completed 15 Avon Descents.
All you need to know! The Event, Training & Commitment, Equipment, Paddling Technique, Diet/Hydration, Support Crew Information, Accommodation. For more information please phone Carolyn or Alwyn on 9314 3109 or 0402 817 041.
Sprinter or Panther kayak. Contact Ian 9448 1452 or <>iangarthwaite@primus.com.au
Week 4/February
Summit Homes Avon Descent News

Avon Co-ordinator for the last two years, Deanne Jones, will be moving on from the Descent organisation to take up a position with a building company. We're sorry to see her go - if you'd like to send a cheerio you can do so : <mailto:avondescent@wn.com.au>avondescent@wn.com.au (Deanne is about to purchase her first kayak, having been inspired by Avon paddlers). The Avon Descent Committee is currently negotiating with the sports organisations to take a greater role in the event's conduct as well as appointing an overall event co-ordinator shortly.
Avon Descent Website
<http://avondescent@wn.com.au>www.avondescent.asn.au has just been updated -our thanks to volunteer, Merv Francis. There's some new pics from last year's Descent - check out the <http://www.avondescent.asn.au/avphoind.htm>photo Gallery It seems registration will not be possible online this year owing to complications with signatures required on your reg forms.
New Website Sponsor - Access Food Bars
Burn more fat, enjoy more energy, recover faster, and experience less muscle fatigue with Access food bars. They also help you lose weight and they're a great-tasting bar !  <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/access.html>For more info or to try Access Bars contact: Alan Hardman phone  08 9296 1202  - mob   0418 947 935 <mailto:sguard@bigpond.com>sguard@bigpond.com
Recreational Paddlers Take Note! Canning Canoe Trail - City of Canning
Stage 1 of this new venture goes from Riverton Bridge, west side, to Hester Park and consists of signage at certain spots and a brochure with historical, cultural and environmental interpretive notes about the river and environs plus canoeing safety. The brochure will be available online soon (<http://www.canning.wa.gov.au>www.canning.wa.gov.au), otherwise pick it up at Riverton Bridge Kiosk, libraries or the Canning admininstrative centre. Stage 2 to Mt Henry Bridge should be completed by the end of winter. More info: <mailto:satwell@canning.wa.gov.au>satwell@canning.wa.gov.au
Water quality on the Canning is now safe for paddling, according to the Swan River Trust, but do avoid any areas of slimy/scummy water!
Position Vacant - Sea Kayak Guide - Capricorn Kayak Tours
We are looking for a qualified and experienced sea kayak guide for our Ningaloo Reef season.
We do half day , full day, 2 day camping, 5 day Sea Kayak Safaris, and multiday expeditions.
Guide needs great personal skills, as well as sea kayaking experience and must be over 25 yrs (due to insurance restrictions). We have a base/office/home in Exmouth town, so accommodation is an option - to be negotiated.
Local knowledge is desirable. CV and references are a must.
FREECALL 1800 625 688 or <mailto:halpaine@capricornkayak.com.au>halpaine@capricornkayak.com.au
Event Reminder - State Marathon Titles
This weekend - start is soon after the briefing at 8am, both Saturday (singles) & Sunday (doubles) from Ascot Kayak Club - breakfast along the banks upstream to Middle Swan and watch the contenders for "fastest paddler" in WA.
Spirit Cross Trainer
- contact Jan Hudson 9339 5574

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