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Footy legend Jack hosted fishing day for local disabled anglers this Summer

October 3, 2013

Disabled youngsters and adults across Cumbria were offered a free day out, and the chance to meet a soccer legend Jack Charlton this Summer.

Football legend Jack Charlton hosted a special day out for local disabled anglers in the Lake District this summer. Charlton, who won the World Cup with England in 1966 and later managed the Republic of Ireland in the finals, is patron of the local Disabled Anglers Association.

The fishing competition funded through Active Cumbria’s Access to Sport Programme, was free of charge and included a meal laid on for those who took part. The event which took place on 19th August at Bessy Beck fishery, was a fishing day for disabled adults and juniors, mainly for a fun day out. Participants didn’t need any previous experience of angling because free tackle and tuition was available on the day.

Invitations were sent out to the anglers e.g. Rules & forms to fill in with their details. The Disability Fishing Association provided rods & reels for the day to the worm anglers. They also provided each angler with a cap and name badge and at the trophy presentation each angler is given a commemorative medallion.

The event included a competition and prizes but was more about having a good day out — and people didn’t have to know how to fish to take part.  This event was held at Bessy Beck in August 2013. A total of 57 anglers (11 young disabled people and 46 adults with disabilities) took part in the competition (6 Fly Fishers & the rest on Worm). The worm anglers caught a total of 79 fish weighing 100.55 lbs!   Anglers came from across the county including, Hawthwaite Lane in Barrow, Carlisle Mencap , Eden Mencap, Edington Centre in Penrith, Hensingham Day Service in Whitehaven and  PAVE in Barrow.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves including the 55 anglers with 28 of their personal helpers.  Some people didn’t come, because of ill health. There were also a number of extra helpers for people who needed help with the fishing. The following anglers won trophies

  • The Jack Charlton Cumberland Trout Cup was won by Geoffrey Robinson,  from Hensingham Day Service.(2 fish 5lb 1oz)
  • Northern Game Angler J.C.D.A.A.  – Best catch on fly (Island Lake) was won by Robert Cameron. (12 fish, best fish 6lb 1oz)
  • Trout & Salmon Association Cup – Heaviest Fish on Fly was won by Alistair Corps Bell. (5lb)
  • Northern Bait Farms Cup – Angler of the Match was won by Mary Hughes, Hawthwaite.
  • Northern Bait Farms Cup –Heaviest Fish on Worm was won by Thomas George, Hensingham Day Service. (2lb 8oz)                                                                      
  • A.N.C. Rosebowl – Heaviest Bag on Worm (Mallard Lake) was won by Colin Woodend, PAVE Jubilee House. (2 fish 3.7lb)
  • William Armstrong CUP – Heaviest bag on worm (Heron Lake) was won by Daniel Whitehead, Eden Mencap (3 fish 4.65lb)
  • John Redfern Memorial Trophy – Best Junior Angler was won by Dale Hodgson from Carlisle Mencap (3 fish 3.65lb)
  • Carlisle City Council Shield - Best Wheelchair Angler was won by Nelson Bailey a Fly Angler from Northern Ireland.
  • Lowther Caravan Park Shield – Winning Club was Eden Mencap. (Average 3.40lbs)                
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