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Deveron canoeists enjoy big ‘Tays’ away

MEMBERS of Deveron Canoe Club set off to tackle the mighty rapids of the River Tay in Perthshire last weekend.

Saturday was spent on the section just north of Perth, from Stanley to Thistlebrig. This part of the river in- cludes Campsie Linn, a natural weir that has a fearsome reputation at higher water levels due to whirlpools which form as the river flows over the rock formations.

Luckily for the canoe club paddlers, the water level was much lower and they were able to play at a small drop just away from the main flow before paddling on down to the other features

on the river, including Stanley Weir and Thistlebrig rapids.

One member even managed his first roll on the river after getting flipped at Thistlebrig.

Sunday morning saw the club mem- bers head north to another section of the river, which included the Grandtul- ly rapids, the site of the Scottish canoe slalom championships every year.

As the sun came out, the members paddled down river focusing on skills development as the features allowed. At Grandtully, there were plenty of big smiles and shouts of delight as the paddlers tackled the rapids.