Hop­ing de­scent is on the up

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - LOOKLOCAL -

THE first Avon De­scent was held more than 40 years ago and vicecom­modore of Burswood’s Power Dinghy Racing Club David McCon­key hopes it will con­tinue to flour­ish for many years ahead.

The Avon De­scent is a unique WA sport­ing event and at­tracts com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors from all over the na­tion and over­seas.

Com­peti­tors chal­lenge the Avon and Swan rivers in a va­ri­ety of pad­dle and power craft boat­ing over a two-day time trial, cov­er­ing more than 120km.

Mr McCon­key (31) wel­comed his first child into the world two months ago and said he wanted the com­pe­ti­tion to be around long enough to see his son join him in the power dinghy.

“I would like to see him get a pas­sion for the sport and end up racing with me,” he said.

“It’s such a unique sport and any­one can get in­volved and do it.”

Mr McCon­key said he also loved the so­cial side of the sport.

“There are al­ways boats and mo­tors avail­able and peo­ple look­ing for or sell­ing sec­ond-hand gear; new peo­ple can get in­volved quite eas­ily,” he said.

“You give it a go once and you’ll never look back, it’s a very ad­dic­tive sport.”

Mr McCon­key and his brother Chris Den­holm will com­pete to­gether in the Avon De­scent in Au­gust this year.

More in­for­ma­tion on the Power Dinghy Club at www.dinghyrac­ing.com.au.

Sib­lings Chris Den­holm and David McCon­key will com­pete in Au­gust.

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