Tom primed to de­fend Avon power­boat ti­tle

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

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.

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