The Avon Descent Day 1 Grids are Now Available!
The results for the first ever Belmont Belter paddle race are now available!
Congratulations to the place winners and all of the competitors. All valid entrants are eligible for priority grid placement on Day 1 of the Avon Descent
Results are available here or click Competitors > Results > Belmont Belter from the top menu
This Qualifier race pits the top paddle competitors of the Avon Descent against one another in an 11km sprint to claim the top grids on Day 1 of this year’s Avon Descent.
Only entries submitted during Early Bird that nominate are able to compete in the race.
23 July 2017
Scrutineering Starts: 9:00am
Compulsory Safety Briefing: 9:45am
Race Start: 10:45am
Those competing in the Belmont Belter will proceed through a separate line at Scrutineering. Craft stickers will be provided on the day and will be attached to craft prior to their race. Race times will be based on your Avon Descent Race ID number. Without your stickers you will not be given a time and therefore will be ineligible for a place in the top grids.
The race will be a mass start beginning at the jetty at the Bayswater Paddlesports Club, where paddlers will race upriver past Garvey Park to the Guildford Railway Bridge checkpoint in the City of Swan. Competitors will approach and do a loop from right to left around the easternmost pillar of the railway bridge and will then head back downriver for a dramatic finish on the shores of Garvey Park in the City of Belmont.
Support crews may meet competitors at the finish line where winners will be announced, or once the presentation is complete, competitors may opt for a relaxed paddle back downriver to Riverside Gardens, Bayswater.
|6||Double Kayaks and Skis||8-12||Order of placement within each Class listed to be determined by a Qualifying race held in 23 July 2017|
|7||Single Kayaks and Skis||8-12|
|8||Single Kayaks and Skis||8-12|
|11||Team of 2||8-12|
|12||Team of 2||8-12|
|13||Team of 4||8-12|
For ALL Competitors:
Remember Scrutineering on 23 of July in Bayswater is COMPULSORY for all entries (regional and interstate exempt). Those who do not have a valid reason for not to attending will be subject to a late scrutineering fee.
Each year the Avon Descent brings with it many changes and news initiatives and 2017 is no exception. In addition to a revised system of paddlecraft classes and the new requirements for paddler helmets, we have also made changes to the rules regarding paddler safety competency.
As per our Event Rules:
In previous years our competency requirements allowed the consideration of experience from similar races to be used to qualify a paddler for entry. In consultation with local bodies, a revision of the rules has led to us requiring either a full completion of both days of the event in the past five years, an Australian canoeing Award System course or a safety skills assessment.
Safety Competency versus Paddling Competency
It’s very important to understand our requirements are not designed to look at whether or not the competitor can complete the race. We are aiming to ensure that those who compete have a set of necessary safety skills that will allow the competitor to react appropriately and save themselves in the event of a capsize or other incident during the race.
Competitor safety has always been of utmost importance to us and we consider this is a necessary part of our due diligence in conducting the race.
Scheduling a Safety Skills Assessment
A range of options still exist for competitors to complete a safety skills assessment in time for this year’s event and competitors have up until Friday Registration on 4th of August to be signed for competency.
Once you have completed a safety assessment then please forward (or ask your assessor to forward) your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then tick this off in your entry form.
We are aware of the already significant costs and demands of entering and preparing for the event and have tried as much as possible to ensure that these safety changes do not cause unnecessary inconvenience for competitors. We hope that all competitors can find a suitable solution for their circumstances and we will continue to provide further assistance wherever possible.
If you have any further questions please contact email@example.com
Good luck in your training and in the 2017 Avon Descent!
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