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Week 1/July

The all important Water and Rivers Commission website with river levels is being reorganised, as have been the government departments (now the Department of the Environment), so I have updated my shortcut links to telemetry readings for Great Northern Highway and Toodyay, Baden Powell on the Murray and the table for all the rivers whose information is available. There will be a new interactive map for all the rivers in WA coming soon. My thanks to Chris Frick at the Department of the Environment for helping with the update of the links.

Paddler available for Teams
"I know it's the eleventh hour but are there any teams in need of a fourth member for the Avon Decent? I completed last year's but have had other commitments that have interferred with training for this year's. Will do any leg. If there is anybody, please call me 0428 24 2659" - Dave Ellery

Training Run + Barbecue Afterwards: Toodyay to Posselt's
As expected this was not held last Sunday due to lack of water in the river, but come along this Saturday, same time, same place : be on the water, 9am, Duidgee Park, Toodyay. Bull asks the slower to medium paddlers to be on the water by 8.30am if possible.

Fundraising Film
Support the WA Olympic Appeal by attending this <http://www.canoewa.asn.au/courses/Film%20Flier.pdf>remarkable film, "Touching the Void": Luna, Leederville, Thursday, 22nd July, 7pm - $13. Contact Pirra for tickets: 9285 8501 or <mailto:pirra@canoewa.asn.au>pirra@canoewa.asn.au

Paddle, Anyone?
Finn Kayaks, Sainsbury St., O'Connor has the following range of paddles, if you're in need:
Rapid Paddles- super durable, all purpose, plastic blades $120
Las Vegas Propeller Paddles - full carbon + kevlar epoxy blades and full carbon shaft, $350
Skee Conventional Racing Paddles - full carbon blade, carbon shaft, $280
Tyronsea Break Down Paddles - alloy shaft, $100
Open Mon-Fri, 9-5 and Sat, 9-3. Phone 9314 3109

Marathon Dinner
Saturday 17th July, 2004
6:00pm Belmont area (early finish - 10am race next day). Set menu: garlic bread, choice of 6 pasta/pizza dishes, choice of dessert from cabinet. Licensed premises. $25.00/head (juniors by arrangement). Entry by pre-paid ticket only.
Contact Cathy Fry, Ascot Kayak Club Wednesday evenings 6-7 or phone between 6 and 8 am 9277 7489
Book and pay on 4th July at Upper Swan race preferably.

White Water Park
The campaign to develop a white water park for Perth has been much in the news lately: The Comment News June 1; The Armadale Examiner June 3; The Post Newspaper June 21;The West Australian June 21. <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/pages/News.html>How is the campaign going? (Don't forget to get your friends to support this worthwhile project simply by <http://www.whitewaterperth.org.au/pages/Register.html>signing on to the list of supporters).

Huw's Tales
<http://www.polarismtb.com.au/city2city>www.polarismtb.com.au/city2city. Here you'll find reports from the journeys, summaries of routes, a small selection of piccies, links to sponsors, even a dictionary of City2City idioms. So take a visit. (Huw from NSW cycled, walked and paddled between Australian capital cities, including Perth-Darwin).

More Bell's Break-ins
"Our car and a friend's car were broken into back on Saturday, 5th June, at Bell's, but in this case they smashed the window" - Joel Ferguson.

Event Reminders
Sat, July 3
, 8:30/9:00am on the water - Toodyay to Posselt's training run + barbecue (see above). No need for a car shuffle beforehand.
Sun, July 4, Marathon #7, Upper Swan to Ascot Kayak Club, 27 km: meet at 7 am at Upper Swan Bridge.

K1 kevlar/carbon suitable for Avon Descent, Please contact Levis_1@hotmail.com

Week 2/July
Unwind after the Avon!

What better way to unwind than a weekend escape to beautiful Balingup? A little gentle stretching/basic yoga to sort out all those overused paddling muscles, a little bushwalking, relaxing around a fire, eating good food (that you don't have to prepare) and great company. Inspiration Outdoors, operated by paddler, Pam Riordan, is offering a "Tracks and Treats" weekend August 13-15. It is based at Mullalyup Lodge near Balingup and the price of $260 includes 2 nights accommodation, all food, activities and transport once at Mullalyup. There is a repeat weekend on September 17-19. Ph Pam 9378 2523 or  <mailto:inspire@multiline.com.au>inspire@multiline.com.au or check www.inspirationoutdoors,com.au

Mainpeak Collie Marathon Relay
Get your teams together for 27km road bike, optional 15km horse ride, 10km flat water paddle, 1km swim, 25km mountain bike and 10km run, 26th September. 'Earlybird' entries should be in by 15th August. For more info go to Marty Wallace's website where you can also download your entry forms:

Bliss Stick at Finn Kayaks
Now available are the Bliss Stick RAD* 185 and the shorter RAD 175: $1,495. There's a demo RAD 185 on hand for you to try. Phone Andy 9314 3109 for more info.
Also - EW spraydecks fit all playboats. They're kevlar reinforced and have heavy duty shockcord: $165.
Please note Finn Kayaks new email address: <mailto:info@finnkayaks.com>info@finnkayaks.com
*RAD = "Radical Aerial Device"!

Canoe Polo News - Ewen Macgregor 0419 377 722
Ian and Trish Plummer from WA have been selected as members of the Australian teams participating in the
6th Canoe Polo World Championships from July 20 this year in Japan.

The team will leave for Myoshi, Japan, on July 13 to participate in the Awara Championships on July 17 and 18. Our men's and women's teams are ranked 4th and 2nd respectively and will be strong medal contenders for these Championships. The World Championships begin July 20. The girls will be up against some strong competition with teams from France, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Canada and Hong Kong competing whilst the men will face up against Italy, Sweden, Malaysia and USA. Results will be posted to the official website throughout the Championships, <http://www.canoepolo2004.jp/english/e_a1.htm>http://www.canoepolo2004.jp/english/e_a1.htm

Canoeing Down Under Valley Trips and More
This Saturday and Sunday
, 10th and 11th, Posselt's Ford to Hart's Farm, 7.30 a.m. $100. Booking is essential.
Support Crew Information Evening at 7.00 p.m. on Wednesday 21st July. Venue is to be confirmed. Again, booking is essential.
Phone Canoeing Down Under 9378 1333 for either or both events.

Lost Paddles, etc
It is unlikely that the lost paddles from 2003 white water season would be any good by now if found, but I will leave those adverts on the lost/found page of website as - you never know - stranger things have happened! They are now located separately below 2004 items.

For the information of new paddlers there is a lost and found page <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/lostfnd.html>here - but the best way to get your paddle (or other gear) back is to make sure your name and phone number are on everything and ledgible. Most paddlers are scrupulously honest when it comes to returning 'found' gear.

Prescription glasses in attractive pink case, at Amiens Cr. (Upper Swan Ti- trees put-in if you're paddling upstream), early July, '04 Contact Cathy between 6 and 8 am 9277 7489.
. . . overboard! . . . a good Epic breakdown paddle just after Emu's, Sunday, 4th July (had my name and ph number on it - 0412 796 632)- Liam Twigger

Event Reminders
Wildwater Series, Race #4: Walyunga to Bell's. this Sunday, 11th July. Meet at top car park, Walyunga for Rego, 8-8:30am.
Wildwater Series, Race #5: Katrine to Dunbarton. Sunday, 18th July. Meet at Katrine Bridge, lower car park for Rego, 10-10:30am. (This is a new race on the calendar)
Sponsored by Canoeing Down Under

Week 3 /July
Help Needed

Pair of inter-state paddlers (one from Melbourne and one from Sydney) looking for person(s) to be support crew for Avon Descent. Need someone to drive the hire car for us on Saturday/Sunday and be there to generally help out during the race. If you can help, please e-mail Damon Goerke at <mailto:DGoerke@caltex.com.au>DGoerke@caltex.com.au

Aussies in Action
- again the official photographers at the Avon Descent this year. You can still view and purchase 2003 photos <http://www.aussiesinaction.com.au>here. Click on "latest events".

Quiz Nite / Auction - from Janice Linardi
7pm, 24th July
, Sorrento Surf Life Saving Club, West Coast Drive, Sorrento.
Tickets $10.00 each; tables of eight; bar facilities but BYO nibblies. There will be some great prizes and auctionable items and a great fun nite.
Please contact Dave Russell 0427 003 515, Janice Linardi 9370 5772 or Val Cockbrun 9279 7315 for tickets or donations of prizes.

"This is a major fundraiser by the Sprint Committee for the athletes going to the Athens Olympics and also to help towards the purchase of a new trailer to transport the kayaks to and from the East for national events. I don't
think the old trailer will make another trip!"

Level 1 Coaching Course for Slalom and Wildwater - Margaret Jeffery
will be taking place at Swan Canoe Club and on white water at Walyunga (in place of slalom race no 4 which has been rescheduled - see below).

Slalom Race Number 4
Sunday 25th July at Walyunga

(UNLESS there is a conflict with another paddling discipline).
Registration: 9am - 10am
Briefing and issueing of bib numbers: 10:30am
Run 1: 10:45am
Run 2: 11:30am (depending on numbers of entries)

Depending on entries, there will be classes for C1, C2, plastics and playboats. If there are not sufficient entries to constitute a class, then classes will be mixed. More info' Margaret Jeffery 9293 1909 or artgraph@iinet.net.au

Hey Gals!
Getta loada these two hunks at Syd's last year - new pic on the <http://www.iinet.net.au/rokhor/canoe>front page.

Spirit paddle
at Bells, on Sat 17th has name and Phone # engraved on blade hilt. Please phone Ian 0438 863 542 if found.
Paddle at "Championships" on 11th July. SKEE "dihedral" with "smart-shaft" breakdown connector. contact Wayne 0418 946 795 or 9336 6575.
Watch, light blue digital "Roxy" brand, at centre passage of Devil's Den rapid, in between Moondyne rapid and The Wall. Strap may be broken. Pls contact Catherine 9364 2324 or 0419 160 067.

in the valley . One half of carbon Wing breakdown paddle. contact Wayne 0418 946 795 or 9336 6575
Watch at Amiens Cr., (Upper Swan ti-trees) on Saturday morning, 10th July. Contact : Wayde - 9278 8341 8am - 4pm

 Week 4 /July
Quiz Nite - Change of Venue - Janice Linardi

Saturday 24th July. it is now to be held at the SCARBOROUGH SURF CLUB, not at Sorrento as previously advised.
SCARBOROUGH SURF CLUB is to the right of the clock tower right on the beach. Heaps of good prizes please come along, should be a good night.

Blackwood River Revisited
One of the best sections of accessible white water in the state is to be found at Bridgetown where the annual Geegelup Cup is held by SW Canoe Club (also doubles as the State Wild Water Championships - this year, 28th and 29th August). There's a new map and description of the 7-8km course plus pics now <http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe/blackwrbrdgdwn.html>available here.

Record Entries - from Dave Hunt 15/7/04
"Entries for the 2004 Multiplex Avon Descent have passed the 800 participant mark and we still have calls indicating a few more to come. The number of teams' entries has doubled so the extra participants have placed no extra burden on the river environment in terms of craft. Congratulations and thank you to all who have assisted in creating another milestone for this icon Western Australian event." 

A forgetful, cold, tired and very hungry paddler left his blue DuraGal bag, striped towel and a few bits 'n pieces at Middle Swan Reserve on Saturday,17th July, at about 1pm. Any info. please contact Peter on 0419 210 790 or <mailto:pkirkham@smorgonsteel.com.au>pkirkham@smorgonsteel.com.au No name or phone number on it but there will be next time!!!

I Lost Your Email!
This is addressed to the person(s) wishing to be Avon support crew for a paddler as their paddler pulled out. Email was received a week or two ago. If you still wish to help out, please resend your details and I won't lose them this time.

Another support person available
"Are you still looking for a support crew for the Avon? I will be happy to assist if you're in need." <mailto:Debbie.Barrington@dhw.wa.gov.au>Debbie.Barrington@dhw.wa.gov.au or 9792 2123 (w)

Canoeing Down Under - What's on for training this coming week?
". . . depending on the water levels after this week, we are hoping to be doing something in the valley during next week. Give us a call to register your interest, 9378 1333."

White Water Park Report - The FOWWP Team, Canoeing WA
"Registrations of Interest" to develop the White Water Park have closed. Currently the Department of Sport and Recreation is considering the registrations.

FOWWPs (Friends of White Water Park) are growing steadily with over 3500 registered so far. Thank you very much for your support. Please get your friends to register at <http://www.whitewaterpark.org.au>www.whitewaterpark.org.au as we need more support!

We are seeking assistance from people to gather FOWWP registrations during the Avon Descent. If you can help would you please contact Colin Thorpe on 9386 6842, 0409 88 7011 or  <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au

Terry and Ed on the Yukon
Read the latest on Terry Bolland and Ed van Eer's Yukon River paddling adventure: <http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au/journal/entry2.htm>http://www.canoeingdownunder.com.au/journal/entry2.htm

Cleaver X - Carbon/kevlar. light wieght.in good cond. Contact - Steve: 9275 5475

Paddling News Extra
Support Crew without Paddlers

"We have two paddlers who have both pulled out and we now are a crew without paddlers, available to be support for two others. We have been crew in 2002 and 2003 and have own vehicles with canoe carrying roof racks. If you need us call Alan Dallison 9430 9679 or 9281 6800 or email <mailto:a.dallison@ndy.com>a.dallison@ndy.com

 Week 5 /July
Helpers Wanted . . .

for Junior Avon Descent which runs on Sunday, 8th August, from Sandalford to Bayswater, finishing at the Avon Descent finish line. We need check point marshals, safety boat drivers and timers. It's a very casual race with the whole idea being fun for the U18's. For more info call CWA 9285 8501.

Found - by Kevin Kelly
Anaconda-2000, in thick trees on edge of the river, small rapid 5-10 minutes before Moondyne. It has been suggested that maybe it was lost overboard by a rafting group? It was placed higher up the rocks just past the rapid on the right bank (heading downstream), by a concerned paddler.

Paddler Wanted
Blackwood Marathon
- competitive female team looking for female paddler. Accomodation at Donnelly River with sponsorship to help cover the cost. Reply to Caroline, <mailto:calywaly21@hotmail.com>calywaly21@hotmail.com

New Front Page Pic
<http://www.iinet.net.au/~rokhor/canoe>Here's another great pic which captures (I believe) Walker & Williams (mixed plastic double) looking concerned at Syd's in last year's Descent (courtesy of Aussies in Action). They went on to come a commendable fifth in their class. <http://www.aussiesinaction.com.au>View last year's pics: click on 'latest events'.

Multiplex Avon Descent Weekend - reminders from NADA
Dont' be late!

Cameras and traffic police will be well placed to catch paddlers/support crews speeding to their river rendezvous so watch the speedo on the major roads and at Toodyay and Northam.
Please take your banana skins home!
We are told that the condition of river bank sites 'before' and 'after' will be under scrutiny by environmental agency so remember to take care with rubbish and trampling the bush, etc.

White Water Park News - from Canoeing WA
is growing strongly now with over 4000 Friends of the White Water Park (FOWWPs).
Help Sought:
1 People to assist in recruiting more FOWWPs over the Avon Descent weekend on 7th and 8th August. It is anticipated they would move through the crowds watching the race, inviting the onlookers to express their support for the White Water Park by registering as a FOWWP on our registration form.

2 Volunteer (s) to enter our new FOWWPs from the registration forms into our database. This is done through our web page so can be done by anyone with access to the internet.

If you can help please contact Colin Thorpe: 9386 6842, 0409 88 7011, <mailto:thorpec@icenet.com.au>thorpec@icenet.com.au

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