The Forth Valley, in NW Tasmania, was taken over by nearly 100 paddlers this weekend as sea kayakers, whitewater paddlers and flatwater touring paddlers converged to participate in skills and training courses. Different groups utilised a variety of idyllic venues within the valley and the river mouth, as well as nearby rivers.
On Saturday evening all of the groups came together for a presentation – "Paddle the Possibilities".
Matt Dalziel and Craig Chivers both described how their involvement in all forms of paddling had opened up remarkable opportunites for them. Matt described his career in Adventure Sport Racing and Craig showed DVDs of his first descent river expeditions in Nepal and Tibet.
Matt has paddled slalom, achieved a top ten result in a World Cup Wildwater Race and raced around the world in Eco Challenges and Geo Quest races.
Craig represented Australia as a junior paddler in slalom and wildwater and as a senior paddler in canoe polo and freestyle, however it is in remote expedition river paddling that he now excels.
Both of these high achievers encouraged people to participate in all forms of paddling and to explore the endless posssibilities of paddling.