Features added to Descent

The popular event is in its 41st year and will have new lively attractions.
The popular event is in its 41st year and will have new lively attractions.

The one-day course will run from Northam to Toodyay and includes Extracts Weir, Toodyay Rapid and Alby’s Ford, all squeezed into a single day.

Organisers are hoping to get more competitors and spectators involved in the white water race by including a number of different elements this year.

Canoeing WA and Northam’s Avon Descent Association are also offering a women’s only training course. It costs $100 and includes 10 hours of tuition, a specific training program, all equipment provided and a reduced entry fee to the 2013 Avon Descent.

A fun Fashions on the Mud Fields competition will also be held for the first time this year at the family fun days. Prizes from Karrinyup shopping centre will be awarded to spectators wearing the most fun and stylish gumboots.

CIC Events managing director Craig Smith-Gander said the new elements hadbeen introduced to make the event more accessible, fun and comfortable for participants, support crew and spectators.

‘The Act-Belong-Commit Avon Descent is now in its 41st year, and we therefore thought it was time to add some new lively elements to the iconic event to further develop it as a highly visual, interactive and spectacular event for everyone involved,’ Mr Smith-Gander said.

The Avon Descent is on August 3 and 4.