Best Avon in six years

Third-placed power boat team Andrew Hall and Michael Prosser speed past two kayakers. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Third-placed power boat team Andrew Hall and Michael Prosser speed past two kayakers. Picture: Matt Jelonek

‘The river levels were spot on and the sun was shining all weekend; we really couldn’t have planned it better,’ clerk of course Jim Smith said.

For the fourth consecutive year, world champion canoeist South African Hank McGregor claimed victory in the single kayak category, completing the 124km two-day white water course in just under nine-and-a-half hours.

Bassendean kayaker Simon Roll crossed the line only three seconds behind McGregor in what Avon Descent officials described as the closest finish in the history of the race.

A Queensland entrant is recovering well in hospital from a suspected spinal injury after an incident on Saturday afternoon near the overnight campsite, the only major casualty during the event.

Across the banks of the finish line at Garvey Park in Ascot, more than 2500 spectators gathered to watch competitors at the City of Belmont’s Family Fun Day, nearly twice as many as last year.

Belmont Mayor Phil Marks said it was fantastic to see so many families attend the event and cheer on competitors, while those who wanted to get up close to the actions had the opportunity to go on a helicopter ride around the Ascot area.

‘The City was once again delighted to be part of this iconic West Australian event and Garvey Park provided a picturesque backdrop,’ Cr Marks said.

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