2016 MEDIA GUIDE
Northam’s Avon Descent Association extends a warm welcome to media representatives for the 2016 Avon Descent.
Apart from the spectacle of the annual power boat and paddle classic, there are some significant personal stories and milestones highlighting this year’s event:
- Power dinghy racer Gary McNamara will compete in his 40th Avon Descent, the first competitor to reach this amazing milestone. Gary has not missed a race since 1977.
- Paddling legend Darry Long and his partner Paul Genovesi will pair up once again in a double kayak 20 years after setting a race record for their class. That record still stands today.
- Interstate paddle rivalry returns with the Spirit Paddle Sports Challenge between Western Australia, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia.
NADA has also been keen to make the event as attractive as possible for those who want to watch the action from the riverbank. One of the changes this year is a modification to the rock wall at Extracts Weir, Toodyay, to improve water flow and make it easier for competitors to “shoot” the weir without having to drag or carry their boats.
Trials so far have shown it will be a great spectacle this year. River conditions in the lead-up have been ideal and are expected to stay that way through to race weekend.
Off the water there are some new features that will help the flow of information and help reporters and news crews build an accurate and up to date picture of the state of the race.
RaceHub is now a key feature of the Day One finish at the Boral Campsite, Cobbler Pool, and is the place to go for updates and any help you need.
The following pages contain more information on RaceHub, some Avon Descent facts and figures and a contact list so we can be reached during the event.
We hope you enjoy Avon Descent 2016 and look forward to seeing you on the riverbank.