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A 300-Mile canoe trip on the world's most dangerous river faces a British team who Featured 19 May 1971 Print

A 300-Mile canoe trip on the world's most dangerous river faces a British team who

A 300-Mile canoe trip on the world's most dangerous river faces a British team who met in Leamington yesterday for their final briefing. Twenty-five of them plan to paddle through the Colorado Canyon in July. Another ten will follow on rafts carrying supplies. Pauline Squires, a 24-year-old Leamington secretary, who has become a top international canoeist, will be the first woman to tackle the river. "I am really looking forward to it. I would not have missed the chance to do this," she said. Two other local members of the expedition are Peter Robinson, of Coventry, and John Liddell, of Knowle. Only one member has seen the river before. He is Chris Hawkesworth, of Yorkshire, who joined an American team which made the first canoe journey down the river in 1969 to mark the centenary of the river's exploration. Chris planned the British attempt and held a meeting in Leamington last night to explain the hazards in detail. Since 1869, 127 persons have lost their lives trying to navigate it. The main dangers are the rapids and storms which can produce tidal waves. The team, which flies from Dublin with its canoes on June 30, will practice on American rivers before setting off down the Colorado. An American club will help them with accommodation, but the two-week expedition will cost each member 260. Because of their amateur status individuals are banned by Olympic Games rules from accepting sponsorship. No-one the expedition organisers approached wanted to sponsor the whole event.
Our photograph shows Midland members of the team, left to right, Alan Donnelly (Oxford), Chris. Skellern (Worcester), Don Charlesworth (Nottingham), Albert Woods (Nottingham), Roger Crane (Shrewsbury), John Liddell (Knowle), John Goodwin (Newcastle. Staffs.), Michael Jones (Birmingham), Peter Robinson (Coventry) and, seated in the canoe, Pauline Squires (Leamington).
19th May 1971

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