Maylands’ Baillie Liddle hoping to defend title at Avon Descent


Baillie Liddle competing at last year’s Avon Descent.
Baillie Liddle competing at last year’s Avon Descent.

MAYLANDS paddler Baillie Liddle is looking for her second consecutive long plastic title at the Avon Descent in August.

Avon Descent is a sporting event for national and international kayakers, canoeists and paddlers to compete in a two-day race lasting 124km from Northam and finishing at Riverside Gardens, Bayswater.

Paddler Baillie Liddle (29), has been competing in the event since 2014 and is the reigning women’s long plastic champion.

The Ascot Kayak Club member said her preparation had been smooth so far.

“It has been really good this year, we had quite a lot of rain early in the season which is fantastic compared to last year,” Liddle said.

“We have been doing a bit more white water than what we would normally do.

“I switched over from my kayak back to my Avon Descent boat about a month ago.

“I think the competition is very tough this year and I think the water levels as well; there will be a lot more people competing, so I guess I am hoping to do as well as I can,” she said.

She said kayaking was simply a fun sport.

“It is an individual sport but the way the community set up, it still feels like we have got a very strong team feel about it,” she said.

“My favourite part of it is things like the Avon Descent, the white water and the adrenalin rush that you get from it.”

Liddle said she would be competing in a few major and longer races in the lead-up to the event.

The 2016 Avon Descent will be held on August 6-7.