Determined duo succeed

Wendy White and husband Kevin paddle hard to achieve victory during the Avon Descent.
Wendy White and husband Kevin paddle hard to achieve victory during the Avon Descent.

The South Perth resident and her husband Kevin recently took out first place in the Avon Descent double kayak mixed division.

The couple paddled a gruelling 50km on the first day in four hours and six minutes and 70km on the second day in five hours and 43 minutes.

This is the third Avon Descent for Wendy White and sixth for husband Kevin, both having previously competed in South Africa, something they say is in their blood.

�We have probably raced for the past 20 years in various canoeing and multi-sport events, so it is just part of our lives, so when we got to Australia, the natural thing was to find an extreme event here,� White said.

The couple begin their training for the Avon Descent around January each year by running, bike riding and keeping a healthy diet.

�It is doable for anybody, you have to put your mind to it and have the commitment,� White said.

�There are clubs and groups that you can get involved with and people are very encouraging and supportive, if you want to do it put yourself out there, I really do believe can do it.�

The staff, students and parents at Kensington Primary School egged on their local hero as did their two children Emily and Adam.

�We have two children who have also been very supportive and enthusiastic and are happy to sit by the side of the river bank cheering us.

�My son does kayaking, so hopefully we are setting a good example of how to have a healthy lifestyle.�