Werner Team Member Tanya Faux Completes First Decent to Raise Awarenes

Friday, 11 April 2008
Werner Paddles LogoCompleting the first ever decent of the two most remote rivers in Australia, Australia's World Cup Champion and Werner Whitewater Team Member, Tanya Faux returns to raise awareness of the "Save the Kimberly Campaign."

This expedition is the greatest exploration of the Kimberley region in modern time. The team, comprised of, Tanya Faux, Anthony Yap, and Caleb Feasby, believe this expedition to be the longest "‘self-supported" whitewater kayak expedition ever completed in Australia. "Werner is proud to support great paddlers doing great things. Tanya is not only an inspiration as a paddler but her desire to raise social and environmental awareness of the Kimberly region, which is threatened by mineral and oil exploration, is what makes her such a great ambassador of the sport," says Jim Miller, Werner's Marketing Manger.

Throughout the 18 day exploration of this unknown region, the team witnessed no signs of man made structures or other humans and discovered amazing new indigenous art and remains while viewing many wild animals, birds, fish, frogs and insects. The team endured constant 35 degrees centigrade temperatures and 100% humidity. They paddled great class 5 whitewater rapids in spectacular ‘Grand Canyon like' sandstone gorge walls on the Moran River and then carried all their equipment for three days over a range of mountains to the Mitchell River before paddling to the famous Mitchell River Falls.

A defining moment came when they realized the Kimberley was so rugged and beautifully wild that any exploitation of the mineral and oil resources would be the ultimately travesty. Now Tanya is even more determined to travel the world promoting the ‘Save the Kimberley' campaign and the importance to protect this vulnerable region for World Heritage listing.

For information on how you can help protect the Kimberly region from exploitation visit www.savethekimberley.com.

Werner Paddles is the leading manufacturer of high quality kayak, canoe, and stand up paddles, operating near the banks of the Skykomish River in Sultan, WA. For more information call 800.275.3311 or visit us at www.wernerpaddles.com.
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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