Legends

Nominations for 2017 are now open. If you think you know someone who deserves to become a Legend of the Avon Descent and they met the Selection Criteria (at the bottom of this page) please submit your nominations here.

 

Avon Descent Legends

KEVIN HARRISON (2016)

 

TERRY BOLLAND (2016)

Terry has been involved in the Avon Descent for 38 years as a competitor, trainer, assessor, and mentor – and, for many years,  as a sponsor of the Event.

He has competed in 26 Avon Descents as a paddler and over that time has scored numerous place wins in a variety of craft and notched up several top 10 placings.

 

Terry has written six adventure books, been commissioned by the NT Canoe Association to train their instructors, and been commissioned by Malaysian authorities to train their river rescue teams.

Terry Bolland has had and continues to have an enormous impact on the Avon Descent.

He has encouraged literally thousands of paddlers over many years to participate in the Descent.  He motivates people by taking the time to talk to them  and answer questions that they have when first taking up kayaking; he encourages them to consider taking part in the Avon Descent.

His encouragement, training, education and mentoring of competitors in the Descent over many years, his publicising and support of the Event over many years, and his dedication and participation record over many years truly make Terry Bolland a worthy LEGEND OF THE AVON DESCENT.

 

KIM EPTON (2013)

Kim Epton has been selected to be a Legend of the Avon Descent.

Kim has had a long association with both the sport of Power Dinghy Racing and the Avon Descent. He has strongly promoted both over many years and continues to be a worthy ambassador for both.

Kim was a founding member of the Power Dinghy Racing Club (PDRC). He was directly responsible for the creation of three major power dinghy races in Western Australia, leading to the PDRC being the power craft club representative for the Avon Descent.

Kim’s commitment to power dinghy participation has been demonstrated by his continuous involvement in the Avon Descent for 40 years as either a member of the NADA Board, an official, a competitor or in a support crew. His role at the time of receiving Legend status was Deputy Race Director-Power and Starter for  Power Craft on Day 2.

Kim has demonstrated a positive and lasting effect on many aspects of power dinghy racing and the Avon Descent over many years.

Kim Epton you deserve to be recognised as a Legend of the Avon Descent.

GREG KAEDING (2013)

Greg Kaeding has been selected to be a Legend of the Avon Descent.

Greg has had a long and distinguished involvement in the sport of canoeing at the local, state, national and interstate levels. He has been an office bearer at each level. Of significance has been his responsibility for high performance in canoeing, both for Western Australia and Australia, from 1976 to 2000.  He was President of Canoeing Australia from 1999 to 2006.

Greg has also had a long and distinguished involvement with the Avon Descent, having only missed the first event. He was a competitor for 10 years, from 1974 to 1983; a 3 times winner with Ray Holt in the K2 category in the years 1980, 81 and 83. In the years following, Greg has been involved in every event, as a starter, start and finish line coordinator, timekeeper, scrutineer and as a commentator. As timekeeper Greg introduced electronic timekeeping and the computerisation of results and records.

Greg has demonstrated a positive and lasting effect on many aspects of paddle craft competition and has been a worthy ambassador for the Avon Descent.

Greg Kaeding you deserve to be recognised as a Legend of the Avon Descent.

IAN WILLIAMSON (inaugural)

Ian Williamson, sadly, passed away suddenly in April 2016, while he was working hard on planning another Avon Descent. He was selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent.

Ian was a long serving member of the Power Dinghy Racing Club.  He held many office bearer positions and was the Club Commodore in 2002/03.

Ian unselfishly gave of his time to the development of the sport of power dingy in Western Australia.  His advice, assistance and encouragement was well known.

Ian successfully competed in thirty two (32) Avon Descents,  achieving a top three (3) finish on thirteen (13) occasions, and with his son Todd, as a father and son racing team, they were the holders of the course record in the ten (10) HP Sport category.  Ian competed in the Murray River Marathon and was active in encouraging overseas and Interstate participation.

Ian’s 12 years of management service for the Avon Descent had a strong focus on research, experimentation and development.  He was a contributor to the evolution in power dinghy design, was instrumental in upgrading the chute at the Northam Weir and his initiative led to the experimentation with the Vinidex tubes at Extracts Weir.

Ian Williamson, deservedly qualifies to be recognised as a Foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends, may he rest in peace and in the knowledge that the race goes forward from strength to strength.

NEIL LONG (inaugural)

Neil Long has been selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent.

Neil has had a thirty (30) year involvement with the sport of canoeing.  He has competed in many National White Water Championships and has represented Australia at White Water World Championships on four  occasions.  Neil has always been a strong club member, undertaking significant tasks that have contributed to the high success of his club.  Among his outstanding contributions have been the running of intermediate courses for club members and managing the white water discipline committee.  He has also coached many paddlers to state and national levels in white water paddling.

Neil has been either a competitor or an official for twenty five (25) Avon Descents.  He has won several Avon Descents in different categories such as under eighteen (18) male, mixed double kayaks and open double kayaks.

Neil has been many things to the Avon Descent.  He has been and still continues to be a canoe controller, an announcer, a master of ceremonies, a spokesperson and is a past member of the Avon Descent Board.

Neil has been a great ambassador for the Avon Descent and has inspired many men and women to participate in the event.

Neil Long,  in recognition of your contributions to the Avon Descent, you deservedly qualify to become a Foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends.

DARRYL LONG (inaugural)

Darryl Long has been selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent

Darryl has had a thirty (30) year involvement with the sport of canoeing and with the Avon Descent.

In canoeing, his achievements have been:

  • Competing in thirty (30) Avon Descents.  Winner ten (10) times.  Held the singles record for twenty (20) years that was only broken in recent years.  Still holds the K2 record.
  • Competed in four (4) overseas world championships
  • Competed in twenty five (25) interstate white water championships
  • Competed in every national championship in white water and in marathons that have been held in Western Australia.
  • Competed in the Fish Marathon in South Africa in 2011 where he came second in the veteran class doubles and thirty third (33) overall.

Off the water Darryl’s contribution to the sport of canoeing has also been outstanding.. He has :-

  • Had a thirty year (30) involvement with the Ascot Kayak Club, serving in many office bearer positions and undertaking many leadership and developmental roles.
  • Served as a Board Member of Canoeing Western Australia for three (3) years.
  • Given many information lectures at numerous forums applicable to canoeing and / or the Avon Descent.

Darryl Long,  in further recognition of your achievements in the Avon Descent, you deservedly qualify to be selected as a foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends.

JIM SMITH (inaugural)

Jim Smith has been selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent.

Jim  has been associated with the Avon Descent for thirty eight (38) years.  His initial involvement, as a member of the Northam Lions Club, was the creation and manning of check points.

In 1975 overnight camping was introduced, first at Northam and then at the Western Quarries site in West Toodyay with Jim undertaking management responsibility.

With Jim’s increasing knowledge of the river environment, he was appointed in the Deputy Race Director in 1998 and then in 2000 Race Director,  a position he has carried out with distinction to this day.

Jim Smith was also responsible for the early management and development of rescue and recovery functions, a task currently carried out by the Avon Support Unit.

He has also played a major role in the development of the race rules and by-laws, and of the management of emergency practices and policies.  He has developed a close relationship and regular liaison with all of the property owners along the river.  He has been the quintessential ambassador for the event and has regular contact with the media.

Jim Smith, you have previously been recognised for your contribution with the award of Life Membership of Northam’s Avon Descent  Association as a Freeman.  In further recognition of your service to the Avon Descent, you deservedly qualify to be selected as a Foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends.

REX ADAMS (inaugural)

Rex Adams has been selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent.

Rex Adams was a member of the management committee for the inaugural event held in 1973.

From inaugural Secretary / Treasurer to the current manager of financial resources Rex has the singular distinction of continuous service, and, like the event itself, 2012 represents the fortieth (40) anniversary of Rex’s outstanding commitment.

Rex has participated both as a paddler and as support crew in the event, his motivation being that firsthand experience is a desirable trait for successful event management.

One of Rex’s strengths has been his astute management of the Avon Descent’s financial resources, particularly during the lean financial years, playing a key role to the sustainability of the Avon Descent and its recognition as one of the Western Australia’s iconic events.  His background in Local Government has helped break through and expedite decisions at all levels of government.

Rex has displayed an unequaled commitment to the Avon Descent and has been recognised with the award of a “Freeman” Life Membership of Northam’s Avon Descent Association.

Rex Adams, in further recognition of your commitment to the Avon Descent, you deservedly qualify to be recognised as a Foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends.

JOHN KING OAM (inaugural)

John King OAM has been selected to be an Inaugural Legend of the Avon Descent.

For his contribution to Surf Lifesaving, both at state and national levels, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal

John has also made an outstanding contribution to the Avon Descent.  His thirty nine (39) year continuous association (he did not know about the inaugural 1973 event) has been as follows:

  • Fifteen (15) years service on the rules committee
  • Thirty (30) years service as a scrutineer for the ski and sundry classes
  • Twenty five (25) years as a competitor
  • Eleven (11) years as ground crew support

John was instrumental in introducing surf skis to the Avon Descent.  He made most of his own fibreglass skis and helped many others to make or repair theirs, including repairs to fibreglass power craft.  His developmental skills included the flip up rudder he pioneered for the long surf ski class.

John has demonstrated a very strong passion to surf ski, be it on the ocean or the Avon Descent.  It could be claimed that the current strong representation in the Avon Descent by ski paddle craft is due to John’s encouragement and ambassadorial efforts.

John King, in recognition of your contributions to the development and sustainability of the Avon Descent, you deservedly qualify to become a Foundation Member of the Avon Descent Legends.

Selection to become a Legend of the Avon Descent

The Board has determined the procedure for nomination and the selection criteria to elevate a person to the status of Legend of the Avon Descent.

  1. Selection Panel
    1. An independent Selection Panel may annually select up to two persons for elevation to Legend of the Avon Descent status.
    2. The Selection Panel shall comprise the Chairman of the Board, and three other persons selected from:
      • Freemen;
      • Past or present Board Members;
      • Retired competitors who have completed 20 or more events.
    3. The Selection Panel shall have the power to interview Nominees, and/or nominators as well as seek advice from other parties as and when deemed necessary.
  2. Selection Criteria
    1. Number of years of participation in the Avon Descent as:
      • a competitor;
      • a support person for the event (not support for a competitor/s);
      • a member of the executive/management of a canoeing club, surf lifesaving club, power dinghy racing club or other organisation supplying competitors to the Avon Descent;
    2. a member of the NADA Board.
    3. Level of achievement or nature of tasks undertaken as:
      • a competitor;
      • a support person for the event (not support for a competitor/s);
      • a member of the executive/management of a canoeing club, surf lifesaving club, power dinghy racing club or other organisation supplying competitors to the Avon Descent;
      • a member of the NADA Board.
      • an interstate and/or international representative.
    4. Initiatives / Developments, if any, attributed to the Nominee and subsequently brought to and/or used in any part of the event.
    5. Any ambassadorial / public presentation / promotion/s made by the Nominee on behalf of the Avon Descent.
  3. Attestation
    1. Integrity, sportsmanship and character will be a consideration for any Nominee to Legend of the Avon Descent status.
    2. A secondary party will be required to attest to these qualities on behalf of a Nominee if called upon by the Selection Panel.
  4. Operational
    1. All nominations will remain on a ‘live’ listing for inclusion in future years’ selection deliberations.
    2. Nominators will be able to update a Nominee’s details, as necessary.
    3. The announcement of any new inductees to Legend of the Avon Descent status will be made at an event function.

 


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