The Avon Descent is Western Australias own unique sporting event that attracts competitors and spectators from throughout Australia and overseas. Competitors challenge the Avon and Swan rivers in a variety of paddle and power craft in an exciting two-day time trial over 134 gruelling kilometres.
The Avon Descent was first held in 1973 with just 49 competitors, no rules, no officials, no checkpoints and very few spectators. In the years since, over 25,000 people have competed in the Avon Descent, from novices and families, to World and Olympic Champions.
Preparation, planning and management for the Avon Descent is undertaken throughout the year by members of Northams Avon Descent Association. The race itself is supported by over 2000 Western Australian volunteers. Communities and community groups benefit directly and indirectly from the Avon Descent and it is estimated that more than $5M was injected into the local economy in 2001 as a result of the event and the additional visitors attracted to the regions. (2002 Summit Homes Avon Descent Social and Economic Impact Study)
The Avon Descent has all of the ingredients of a highly visual, interactive and spectacular event.