Avon Descent: Lower Chittering local going for sixth ride

Kayaker Steve Bolger is going for his sixth Avon Descent. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d471921
Kayaker Steve Bolger is going for his sixth Avon Descent. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d471921

LOWER Chittering resident Steve Bolger will take on his sixth Avon Descent this year.

The 55-year-old has taken on the challenging 125km race three times solo, once in a team and once in a double.

This year he will take on the two-day event solo.

He said the sport was challenging, but very rewarding.

“It’s a lot of fun and gives you a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

“Only 10 per cent of people go in it to win, the rest are there for the social aspect and to have fun and keep fit.”

Bolger credited kayaking to improving his health.

He said although it was a challenging race the feeling of accomplishment was worth it.

“It’s such a good way to keep healthy and fit and something I would encourage anyone to try, “ he said.

“The first 30km and the last 30km are toughest, but once you get through it and finish the race, it’s a great sense of self-accomplishment.”

The Avon Decent is from this Saturday August 5 from Northam and finishes on Sunday in Bayswater.