The 2008 National Championship’s for Anglers with Disabilities takes place next weekend on 2nd August at Heronbrook Fisheries in Staffordshire, where seven regional teams and almost 70 anglers will compete for the prize of National Champion.
Heronbrook is one of the country’s most well known venues and will prove a tough test for the anglers taking part. Talking to Neil Dale, at the fishery he commented, “The fishery has been fishing very well recently, and I have been running practice matches all year for the competition. We recently saw our biggest turnout of 40 anglers and everyone has caught fish and are looking forward to the match itself. Here at the fishery we have invested a lot into developing the facilities so that they are suitable for anglers with disabilities and can’t wait for the national in two weeks time.”
Current reigning champions, the Yorkshire and Humberside team will once again be one of the teams to beat with two international anglers in their ranks. Talking to Paul Cartwright the Regional Officer for the Yorkshire and Humberside region he added, “We would like to think that we can do a hat trick of victories, however only time will tell. We have some new anglers in the team, however there are still international anglers competing for us and I have every confidence in the team that they can do what they need to win again.”