Tributes flow for Susan


The paddle out ceremony held for kayaker Susan Quick. Pictures: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d449377
Tributes flow for Susan
The paddle out ceremony held for kayaker Susan Quick. Pictures: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d449377

The female winner of last year’s Avon Descent died at the Blackwood River outside of Bridgetown, with her body found on Australia Day after a two-day search by emergency services.

About 200 people attended a paddle out ceremony on the Swan River hosted by Ascot Kayak Club, which Ms Quick was a member of since 2007.

A kayak procession included Ms Quick’s sons Liam and Simon, partner Daryl Long and the club’s down river group, who travelled 1km before they returned to line up in front of the clubhouse and raise their paddles in salute.

A crowd on the shore included Ms Quick’s parents and colleagues from Kingsley Veterinary Hospital, where Ms Quick was a veterinary nurse.

Ascot Kayak Club vice-president Jane Liddle said they decorated the club canoe with flowers and candles.

“We pushed that out into the water and formed a big sort of arch around that and had a minute’s silence, which probably went on for five minutes because the moment was just so beautiful,” Ms Liddle said.

“It gave the family and anybody onshore the opportunity to spread petals out on the water. It was just unbelievable… I don’t think any of us will experience anything like that again.”

Ms Liddle said they followed the paddle out with a barbecue, where people shared stories about Ms Quick.

Ascot Kayak Club also formed a guard of honour at her funeral last Thursday at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park.

Ms Quick was the 2015 Wildwater State Champion.