Kayaking Swan River

Question – reckon all 202 centimetres of West Australian quick Simon Mackin can fit in a kayak? Only just, as Scotty finds out! He took the Warriors and Scorchers’ spearhead out for a paddle on the Swan River, to check out Perth’s newest sporting hotspot, Optus Stadium, from a different angle.

She’s a good-looking thing, we’ll give you the tip, and Simon is happy to speak on behalf of his cricketing cohort when he says it’s even better to watch a bit sport from.

“Yep, an absolute ripper, I think if anyone gets a chance in Australia to come over to Perth and watch a bit of sport there, it’s great viewing, it’s state of the art, massive big screens, every seat in the house is a good seat.”

Think of your classic Aussie quick, and Simon is your man. Tall, menacing and fast, it’s no wonder he has become part of the furniture in the West Australian side.

A boy from the bush, Mack grew up in a town of only 300 people, so finding a local cricket club was a tad difficult.

“Moving to Perth was probably the first step where I started taking my cricket really seriously, at about eleven or 12 years old, and trying to play for some city teams….And yeah I’ve been with the Warriors for about six or seven years now so it has been good fun.”

Mack initially made headlines by dismissing Ian Bell, Matt Prior and Joe Root in a Chairman’s XI game back in 2013.

Aside from his cricket, Simon loves all things outdoors, and enjoyed our time on the water with Leonie, from Water Wanderers. She was informative, friendly, and more than happy to cater to our idea of paddling up to Optus Stadium. Definitely worth a look the next time you’re in Perth!

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