Last week was a very important day for the paddling community in the lead up to the Avon Descent.
Families came out to watch their friends and family splash about in The Paddle Challenge, which boasted a great carnival atmosphere in AP Hinds Reserve.
The Paddle Challenge was established in 2001, and has been a strongly supported event since the very beginning by paddlers of all levels.
It has become one of the premier events on the Canoeing WA Annual Calendar.
Many Avon Descent paddlers regard the Paddle Challenge as a great event to kick off their training for the upcoming race.
On the same day, May 14, entries opened for applicants participating in this years race.
The event will be taking place on August 5 and 6 and kicks off in Northam.
The rules for this year have been published and can be found on the website www.avondescent.com.au.