2009 Canning Classic Paddle Race Results

The Canning Classic was held on Easter Monday in overcast conditions with gusty breezes for the first half of the race. We had a good turnout with fifty five paddlers participating, forty six doing the full course and nine doing the short 4 km course. 

The mass start was spectacular with 46 colourful craft sprinting to the first turn, Brendon Rice, Darryl Long and Liam Thompson battling for the early lead. By the turn at Fifth Avenue the breeze had picked up a lot making the conditions very unstable for the K1s. At the half way mark it was Brendon Rice who had taken a comfortable lead of 200m over the others however Brendon headed up river into the maze of tributaries and unfortunately took a wrong turn and was lost. To his credit he beached his boat, got out and ran across an island to look for the correct channel, found it and was then chasing in fourth spot. Brendon was still in fourth spot at the final turn at Kent Street Weir with only 3 km left. It came down to a sprint finish under the Riverton Bridge and it was Brendon Rice who held off the others to take line honours and this years Canning Classic. Class winners are shown below;






Open K1

Brendon Rice


Darryl Long


Liam Thompson 


Ladies Open

Lara Taylor

Judy Darbyshire 


Julie Camell




Dave Boldy/Josh Singleton


Steve & Timothy Coward 


Richard Tempest & Rudy Pope



Kevin White 


Trevor Longwood 


Kelvin Shortte 



John Hilton

Graham Hush 


Andrew hayden 




John BreedÊ

Terry Boalland 


John Vanmanan 



Alexander Graham 


Coran Longwood


Jaymee Naughton 


Short Course


Max Gipson


Christopher Stewart 


Danielle Naughton 



Many thanks to our sponsors who put up some great prizes and donations for the day, these include Jolimi Preston Beach House, Supa IGA Thornlie, Canoeing Down Under, Perth Kayaks, Spot on for Fishing on High Road, Bakers Delight Southlands, High Road Newsagency, Andree and Roy Martin, Phil Anning.  The major prize of two nights accommodation at Jolimi Preston Beach House was won in a raffle draw by Harrison Stewart.

Thanks to all Canning River Club members who helped make the day so successful.