Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Avon River ready for white-water classic

    25/07/2008 12:00 AM

    High water levels are set to make next weekend’s 36th annual Brookfield Multiplex Avon Descent a thrilling, fast-paced event, with plenty of white-water action.


    Tourism Minister Sheila McHale said about 100,000 spectators were expected on the banks of the Swan and Avon Rivers to witness the white-water classic held on August 2 and 3.


    “With last week’s heavy rainfall and more rain forecast, the water levels and the conditions are looking fantastic for this year’s event,” Ms McHale said.


    “The Brookfield Multiplex Avon Descent is recognised as a world-class event and has been growing each year. This year, 800 competitors are expected, up from 700 in 2007.


    “The race attracts competitors and supporters from around the world, and with $60,000 in prize money, it is the second richest white-water event in the world.”


    Ms McHale said the State Government was proud to be supporting the event, which was recognised internationally for testing the endurance of competitors.


    People can compete in the Swan and Avon Rivers in a variety of power and paddle craft in a two-day time trial over 133 kilometres, ranging from long stretches of flat water through to perilous rapids.


    The race received a special commendation in the ‘Community Event Award’ at the 2007 Sport and Recreation Industry Awards. It won the ‘Significant Festivals and Events’ category for the second year running at the 2006 WA Tourism Awards.


    Minister's office: 9213 6900