Paddler Profiles


Frazer Pearce, 31, Durham

Frazer Pearce has partnered Adrian Healy throughout the past decade. In addition to many joint trips he has also spent time surfing in Ireland and open boating in one of Canada's great parks. Along with appearing in the `White Water Nepal' video, Frazer has also been featured in promotional videos for both Prijon and Eskimo and helped to make the video diary for the 1997 Tyne Tour, the largest paddling festival in the UK.  He also runs one of the most acclaimed (and visited) kayaking internet sites; http://star-www.dur.ac.uk/~frazerp/kayak/ , has spoken to the London River Rats and is a recognised contributor to the international paddling newsgroup rec.boats.paddle. In his spare time Frazer is a research astrophysicist working at Durham University.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1988-1998 France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovenia Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz, Biasse
1992 Norway Sjoa, Bua
1993 Nepal Tamba Kosi, Marsyandi
1994,1995 Ireland
1994 Costa Rica Reventazon, Pacuare
1996 Chile Bio-Bio, Fuy
1996 Zimbabwe Zambezi
1997 California Cal. Salmon, Giant Gap, North Fork Yuba
1997 Canada  Algonquin park
1998 New Zealand Whitcombe, Hollyford
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth


Adrian Healy, 32, London

Adrian has had to withdraw due to work commitments.
 

Mat Upton, 31, Dunedin

Mat Upton grew up paddling around the UK and got a thorough grounding in the alps before journeying further afield.  In the early nineties he competed in slalom events in K1, C1 and C2 divisions but promotion made this logistically impossible. His first big trip was the BCU expedition to Alaska in June 1996,  the report of which appeared in Canoe Focus, followed a year later by a trip to California. He also has first aid qualifications, was a member of the AKC beating world champion cardboard boat designing team in 1990 (Llangollen, Wales) and has given talks to both the Manchester and London River Rats.  His work as a research microbiologist  took him to Dunedin University for two years with an intervening year working at Bristol University. He currently lives in
Dunedin.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1989-1997 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz
1996 Alaska Willow, Tana, Tsania
1997 California Cal. Salmon, Giant Gap, North Fork Yuba
1997-1998 New Zealand Whitcombe, Hollyford, Nevis
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Perth



 
 
 
 
 

Clive Williamson, 29, Cambridge

Clive Williamson was a member of a 6 man trip to Norway in 1992 which also included Frazer and Adrian. Rather than training to go to Nepal the following year he chose to buy a landrover and drive overland to the Cape of Good Hope. Along the way he visited Victoria Falls and never came back. After a season as a safety boater he worked his way up to become the rafting operations manager for Sobek Expeditions and then Raft Quest. He has also worked as a video boater and has advanced first aid qualifications leading to appointments as the Zambezi safety officer and river safety officer for the Camel Challenge in both 1996 and 1997. Two major trips to the eastern highlands of Zimbabwe provided wilderness multiday experience before spending six months living and working in New Zealand before finally returning to the UK in 1999, four years after leaving.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1990-1997 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz
1992,1994 Norway Sjoa, Bua
1995-1997 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1996, 1997 Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands Pungwi, Upper Gairasi
1998 New Zealand Whitcombe
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth


Charlie Mott, 26, Manchester

Charlie Mott is an experienced raft guide and safety kayaker with 4 seasons worth of guiding for Eastern River Expeditions on the Penobscot and Kennebec rivers, Maine, frequently acting as the trip leader in the last two seasons, followed by one season guiding on the Gauley River, West Virginia for North American River Runners. Leaving North America he went to Africa to become a Zambezi safety kayaker and raft guide, working for Sobek Expeditions. His first aid qualifications include British Red Cross Expedition First Aid and he travelled with Clive Williamson to explore the Zimbabwean Eastern highlands to gain multiday wilderness experience. He now works for a computing consultancy in Manchester.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1995-1999 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, 
Oetz, Finstermunster
1992-1994 Maine Penobscot, Kennebec
1995 West Virginia Gauley, New, Russell Fork, Yokegaini
1996 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1996 Zimbabwe Eastern Highlands Pungwi, Gairasi
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth, Whitcombe



 
 

Andy Evans, 24, Nottingham

Andy Evans first visited the alps in 1994. Despite his age he has gained lots of experience and has already completed trips to Norway, Corsica, Alaska, California and Turkey. As he is presently working on a Ph.D. at Nottingham University he is frequently to be seen falling in at Holme Pierrepont and is a keen canoe polo player. Making the most of his time as a student he spent five weeks paddling around the alps in 1998 before joining the early season expedition to Turkey in 1999.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1994-1999 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz, Biasse
1994 Norway Sjoa, Bua, Jori
1995 Corsica Vecchio, Taravo, Fium Orbo
1996 Alaska Willow, Tana, Tsania
1997 California Cal. Salmon, Giant Gap, North Fork Yuba
1999 Turkey Coruh, Barhal
2000 New Zealand Nevis Bluff, Perth, Whitcombe


Dan Peel, 25, Plymouth

Dan Peel brings the total number of Newcastle University Canoe Club ex-presidents on the team to four.  Paddling extensively around Europe and a season safety boating on the Zambezi produced a solid, reliable paddler who has also obtained wilderness experience on a trip to Norway. Dan is also a keen canoe polo player, being awarded university half-royals for his endeavors. He currently works at the Devonport Royal Dockyard in Plymouth,  an ideal location for slotting in runs down the local rivers after work.
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1994-1996 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Ardez, Oetz
1998 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1999 Norway Sjoa, Bua, Jori
2000 New Zealand Perth, Whitcombe



Andrew Laird, 23, Newcastle

Andrew Laird has featured in slalom racing since the age of 17, consistantly maintaining his position in Division 1 (highest placing 13th) and regularly representing his local region. He has also taken part in rodeo and whitewater racing competitions, coming 7th in the 1995 Universities Whitewater race. A competitive canoe polo player he captained the 1997 runner-up squad in the universities championship and was also a member of the 1995 team that finished in the same position. Apart from competions he has paddled extensively in the alps and just returned from an early season high-water trip to Norway, a classic training ground for British kayakers. He now works for an engineering consultancy firm in Newcastle
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1994-1999 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Ubaye Gorge, Dora Baltea, Pitzbach, Oetz, Inn shoot
1999 Norway Sjoa, Bua, Jori
2000 New Zealand Whitcombe, Maruia Falls



Fay Davies, 35, Dunedin

Fay Davies spent several years dominating the scene at Newcastle whilst completing both an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in geography. Several visits to the alps (including running much of the Inn in the "team girl power" topo-duo), time spent in Africa on the Zambezi and a year in New Zealand working at Dunedin university have produced a confident, experienced paddler. In the off season Fay is also a competitive canoe polo player, surprising many a chauvanist with an early dunking; "Woops, sorry, tee-hee".
 
Year Location Notable rivers
1993-1996 France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Germany Rhone, Guil, Ubaye, Inn
1997 Zimbabwe, Zambia Zambezi
1997-2000 New Zealand Hokatika, Glenroy