Local kayaking champion Brea Roadley completed a successful win in Australia’s most difficult kayaking races, the Hell or Highwater 124km Western Australian Avon Descent, last weekend.
It was the second time Brea also tackled the gruelling Avon Descent this time finishing first with Team Spirit as part of the 2017 Spirit Paddle Sports Interstate Challenge at the Avon Descent.
As the name implies the Avon Descent is not for the faint hearted, competitors must negotiate rapids, fast flowing water and the notorious tea trees.
Brea Roadley and partner Casey Haynes made up the team of two for Victoria against other state teams mainly made up of male only participants from sprint or surf back ground. Brea’s recent experience of huge waves at the World Surf Ski Classic in Mauritius and weeks of training on the rapids had prepared her for what was about to come.
After competing for two days Brea and Casey held off the fast finishing local Western Australian team to win the event by just over two minutes to complete the 128km in a time of 10 hours and 31 minutes.
Brea said; “Following Mauritis and the week training in Perth I was really confident in using my strength and speed to just go for every time I felt sacred, this gave me a ten-minute advantage in the tea trees as I knew if I paddled hard I would get through.”
Brea will now prepare for 2017 ICF World Canoe Marathon Championships to be held in South Africa early this September. It will be the second time Brea has made the Australian team for the World Canoe Marathon Championships.
Brea will pair up with Montannah Murray from Cronulla’s Sutherland Kayaking Club. Despite living in separate states the girls will be working hard making the commitment to travel so they can train and compete in events in the lead up to representing Australia in the Open Female K2 event in early September.
Brea has received great support from businesses including CLIC Eyewear and McDonalds Yarrawonga along with CMCU, Club Mulwala , Mulwala Water Ski Club, Burkes Hotel, Rich Glen, Priority Fitness, Judds Mensland and Lekeal Builders.
Local girls battle on
Yarrawonga Mulwala Amateur Canoe Club young female paddlers showed great courage and determination in Nagambie over the weekend.
On Sunday, 11-year-old paddlers Kristi Hardman and Casey Moloney competed in their first Canoeing Victoria Winter Series race together in a highly unstable K2 racing kayak.
After training right through the winter to ready themselves for the 8km races, things didn’t go as planned due to a technical issue that left the course without a turning buoy. Unfortunately the girls and the rest of field continued paddling upstream on the Goulburn River. But the girl’s determination to keep up with the rest of group saw them paddle until they were completely exhausted in the cold and wet conditions.
As the leading group were on their way back downstream the elite paddlers using the event as a lead-up to the World Championships forgo their own race to assist the girls with each double paddlers swapping and returning the girls back to finish line safely.
“Our girls showed great determination and spirit on the weekend and they should be so proud of themselves, our club is fortunate to have such a great female role models, and hopefully this will attract more young girls to come along to our paddle sessions and experience what paddling has to offer,” local canoe club coach Tim Roadley said.
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Canoe Club will be holding come on try paddles on Monday and Wednesday evenings when day light saving starts. For further information please contact Tim Roadley on 0417 373 376 or [email protected]