De­ter­mined duo suc­ceed

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

WENDY White is bet­ter known as a hum­ble Kens­ing­ton Pri­mary School teacher by day, but out of school, she is a fiercely com­pet­i­tive sportswoman.

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 Prima- ry 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.”

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

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