Trib­ute to kayaker

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

MORE than 100 kayak­ers raised their pad­dles in a trib­ute to kayaker and Kings­ley ve­teri­nary nurse Su­san Quick on Wed­nes­day evening last week.

The fe­male win­ner of last year’s Avon De­scent died at the Black­wood River out­side Bridgetown, with her body found on Aus­tralia Day af­ter a two-day search by emer­gency ser­vices.

About 200 peo­ple at­tended a pad­dle-out cer­e­mony on the Swan River hosted by As­cot Kayak Club, where Ms Quick had been a mem­ber since 2007.

A kayak pro­ces­sion in­clud- ed her sons Liam and Si­mon, part­ner Daryl Long and the club’s down river group, who trav­elled 1km be­fore they re­turned to line up in front of the club­house and raise their pad­dles in salute.

A crowd on the shore in­cluded Ms Quick’s par­ents and col­leagues from Kings­ley Ve­teri­nary Hos­pi­tal.

As­cot Kayak Club vice-pres­i­dent Jane Lid­dle said they dec­o­rated the club ca­noe with flow­ers and can­dles.

“We pushed that out into the wa­ter and formed a big sort of arch around that and had a minute’s si­lence, which prob­a­bly went on for five min­utes­mu­ni­ d449377 be­cause the mo­ment was just so beau­ti­ful,” Ms Lid­dle said.

“It gave the fam­ily and any­body on­shore the op­por­tu­nity to spread petals out on the wa­ter. It was just un­be­liev­able… I don’t think any of us will ex­pe­ri­ence any­thing like that again.”

Ms Lid­dle said peo­ple shared sto­ries about Ms Quick, the 2015 Wildwater State cham­pion, at a bar­be­cue af­ter the pad­dle-out.

The club mem­bers also formed a guard of hon­our at her fu­neral last Thurs­day at Pin­na­roo Val­ley Me­mo­rial Park.

Toyah Shake­speare

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Pad­dle-out trib­ute to kayaker Su­san Quick.

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