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Venezuelan Kayak adventure for Brighton medical student
Arthur Norton kayaking down waterfall
Arthur Norton plunging down a waterfall while practicing for the Venezuela trip

A kayaking medical student is preparing to tackle some of the most remote white water rapids in the world during an expedition to the Venezuelan jungle.

Arthur Norton, 20, who is studying at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, is taking part in the extreme challenge with five other university students.

The group hopes to tackle rapids, which have not been touched before.

And Arthur said the six-week expedition will see the team camping on the riverside miles away from civilisation.

I'm into throwing myself off waterfalls and big drops
Arthur Norton

Arthur said: "We're hoping to go to places that are so remote they have never been explored before, discovering new rapids and new sections of the river.

"White water rapids are graded from one to six, with six being unrunable like the Niagara Falls - we're mainly going to be looking for grades four and five.

"There are going to be a few snakes, creepy crawlies and spiders - anacondas are the ones I'm worried about."

Arthur Norton
Arthur Norton was one of six kayakers picked from dozens of hopefuls

The British Universities Kayaking Expedition takes place every two years and has seen students travel to Kyrgyzstan, Siberia and Vietnam.

Arthur, who has been kayaking for seven years, was chosen after taking part in a selection weekend in Wales and he said his team still needs sponsorship.

"I'm into throwing myself off waterfalls and big drops," he said.

"It's an adrenaline sport and they're quite extreme positions we put ourselves in. We're going to be spending six weeks completely relying on each other."




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