Valley hosts paddlers but does not compete


NEARLY 90 competitors from 37 schools around the state will take to the water over the next four days in the NSW Combined High Schools (CHS) and All Schools Canoeing Championships.

Competition begins with the 500 to 5000m flat water events on the Clarence River in front of the Grafton Rowing Club from 9am on Saturday morning.

On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, a series of disciplines including wild water down river races, slalom, team slalom, wild water sprints and freestyle events will take place at the Nymboida Canoe Centre.

Competitors range in age from 8-18-year-olds.

Two of the more prominent canoeists include Jonathon Davis and Rosalyn Lawrence.

Davis, from Great Lakes College, is the Australian C1 champion and along with Bonalbo Central School's Lawrence, who won nine gold, one silver and two bronze at the 2005 Championships, leave next month for Europe to represent Australia.

The Championships have been conducted since 1972 and despite strong participation in previous years there are no local competitors entered this year.

The convener this year is Tony Koch.

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