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Sport Discovery Zone for Avon Descent

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by Rhiannon Bristow-Stagg (subscribe)
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Move, think and eat like a champion
The Avon Descent is WA's unique whitewater race covering 124km from Northam to Bayswater. Every year Northam puts on the Avon River Festival the Friday night before the race starts and this year the date also marks the opening of the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Jessica Fox Australian Olympic Kayak Image: IOC/John Huet

To get in the spirit, Wheatbelt Science Hub are coordinating a free Sport Discovery Zone to be held in a marquee on Friday 5th August from 4-8pm at Bernard Park Northam.

This unique event explores how you can move, think, and eat like a champion! The marquee will offer activities to put your body to the test, turn pedal power into electricity, discover how the human body works, and the anatomy of an olympian. It will also look at how technology is changing sport. The first 200 people can re-fuel with 'eat like a champion' giveaways.

The marquee will have qualified health science professionals such exercise physiologists, a chiropractor and dietician. There will also be great giveaways and prizes to be won on the night. The wider Avon River Festival put on by the Shire of Northam also offers a range of family-friendly fun, finishing with fireworks.

A special AvonLink train service will run from Midland and return for the night, more details can be found here. More information on the Sport Discovery Zone can be found on the Wheatbelt Science Hub website.

The event is made possible by Wheatbelt Science Hub, Shire of Northam, Hansen Chiropractic, CorpFit, Wheatbelt GP Network and Woolworths Northam.
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Why? Hands-on activities run by experts
When: 4-8pm
Where: Bernard Park Northam
Cost: Free
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