Waves of fun at this year’s Avon Descent

Baillie Liddle is predicting that next month’s Avon Descent will the best ever.
Baillie Liddle is predicting that next month’s Avon Descent will the best ever.

A MAYLANDS paddler says she expects this year’s Avon Descent will be a bigger festival for paddlers, support crew and spectators than ever before.

The Avon Descent is a two-day 124km race where national and international competitors paddle from Northam to Bayswater.

Maylands competitor Baillie Liddle said she was going to enjoy the upcoming event, which had become a family tradition.

“It is such a nice way to finish the race, it is so nice because you see the inflatable finish line and you can hear some music playing, hear the crowds cheering,” she said.

“It is so nice to have big crowds down there and there are things for people to do, not only just watching the races.

“There is really great food, which is great for us competitors as well.

“My family will mostly be racing and then my support crew will be down there, so they will probably help me carry my gear and me to the car because I can go and get changed.”

Liddle said the wet weather helped her preparation for the race.

“It has been going really well, it has been raining so we had some amazing water to train in this year,” she said.

“It has been really great for the experienced paddlers to get out and do training and also really good for all the new paddlers trying out white water for the first time.

“I think everyone is going to have a really good race preparation this year.”

The City of Bayswater will host the 2016 Avon Descent Finish Line Family Fun Day on August 7 at the Bayswater Riverside Gardens, with carnival rides, face painting, food trucks and the winners’ presentations.

Bayswater Mayor Barry McKenna said the Bayswater Riverside Gardens was a good spot for spectators to witness the action.

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