The 4th annual Wildwater Winter Wash Weekend

Wildwater / May 22, 2014

The aim of the weekend is to provide valuable whitewater experience for national representatives about to compete at world championships in Europe as well as locals displaying their “toughness” at paddling in our chilly winter climate.

This year an open invitation went out to the Tasmanian paddling community in general to share the water and enjoy our premier racing river. Over 50 paddlers took the opportunity to sharpen their river reading skills across all 3 clubs and 1 college over the 2 days.Thanks must go to Hydro Tasmania for their cooperation supplying these ideal paddling conditions.We are extremely lucky to have such a supportive organisation involved in our sport.

Sunday's race is unique in that it is a point score event. The athletes are timed over the standard classic course , with “split “ times being recorded at the “Flying Fox”, “Berlin Wall” and the “Slalom Course”.The paddlers are ranked at each “split “ with the fastest receiving 0 points, second getting 1 point ect. This information is valuable to the kayakers as it lets them know how their work rate varies during the race,

With three time champion Matthew French unable to compete the race was wide open for a young local to get their name engraved on the trophy. This was the case with Tom Mountney dominating the race with the fastest times at every split giving him the perfect 0 score. Lochiel Cameron was in second place and Seb Spinks third. Australian representative Maddie Batters won the woman’s division from Carol Hurst and Louis Wilson the leading junior.

This event has been sponsored by Forestry Tasmania since its inception and their support must be recognised. With the whitewater reserve and Arm River Camp now under the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service we hope they will continue to be as supportive.

name

flying fox

Berlin Wall

Slalom Course

Take Out

overall time

Winter Wash Total

Tom Mountney

5:04 0 pts

3:36 0 pts

5:36 0 pts

3:36 0 pts

14:16 0pts

0

Lochiel Cameron

5:29 1 pt

3:59 2 pts

6:10 2 pts

3:55 2pts

15:34 1pt

8

Seb Spinks

5:41 2 1/2 pts

4:00 3 pts

6:18 3 pts

4:05 5 pts

16:02 3 pts

16 1/2

Maddie Batters

5:41!
2 1/2 pts

3:56 1 pt

6:07 1 pt

3:53 1 pt

15:41 2 pts

7 1/2

Carol Hurst

6:12 5 pts

4:08 4 pts

6:27 4 pts

4:01 4pts

16:16 4 pts

21

Louis Wilson

5:44 4 pts

4:13 5 pts

6:36 5 pts

4:00 3pts

16:20 5 pts

22