Tom primed to defend Avon powerboat title
CONSISTENTLY low run-off levels have forced the Avon Descent organisers to make a few changes to the popular competition, but that will not stop East Fremantle’s Tom Hodgkinson from trying to defend his powerboat title.
Northam’s Avon Descent Association (NADA) chair Kim Epton said they needed to adopt a fresh approach to keep the event running in the future, saying they were doing everything they could, short of putting water into river.
“The fact is that the Avon Descent is often not a true white water event and if this is the reality we are dealing with, we need to change our thinking,” he said.
“Perhaps sometimes it will be more like an ironman challenge, even for the power boat crews.”
For Hodgkinson, there would be very little that could keep him out of the water come competition time in August.
The reigning champion in the 10hp sport category, and also having won in 2013 and 2014, Hodgkinson said there was a lot of preparation that went into the race.
“It requires 12 months of planning and preparation, and you must be dedicated to engineering a craft capable of winning, then be committed to knowing every obstacle in detail over the full course of the race,” he said.
“I love the river; every year it never fails to throw up a different experience. I also love the challenge of competing against great people from our sport and using every trick in the book to try to come out on top.”
The Avon Descent is on August 6 and 7.
Tom Hodgkinson, of East Fremantle.