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Steph Gent and Mark Eves, Anglers with Disabilities World Championship

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  • Steph Gent and Mark Eves, Anglers with Disabilities World Championship

    England Team win Bronze in Portugal

    I know Steph Gent and Mark Eves well so I was really happy to see they both had good results in the Anglers with Disabilities World Championship held in Portugal - another friend of mine Garry Whalley (not disabled physically but laughs too much to be normal!) acompanied Steph as his helper - although this is probably a reason why Steph didnt come home with the gold medal!

    The Angling Trust’s Anglers with Disabilities England Team took part in the 11th Freshwater World Championships at Ponte De Sor, Portugal on 8th-9th August 2009. The Sor River at Ponte De Sor is clear water and slow stream with the main fish specimens present being Barbel, Bogas, Carps and Bleaks.

    The World Champion squad consisted of anglers who had earlier in the year taken part in selection matches that were fished to international rules to help identify anglers who are of international calibre. Fishing at international level is completely different to the way anglers normally fish in this country, and the selection matches gave the anglers the opportunity to prove their skills to deliver success at Ponte De Sor. The squad selected to take part in the World Championships consisted of; Stefan Gent, Mark Eves, Alan Chadbone, Andy Lakey, Terry Naulls, and England Manager, Joe Roberts.

    Joe Roberts, England Manager stated “On day one the top three teams all fished for bleak with weights up to 3kg. England started for bleak, but started slipping behind the leading teams after 1 ½ hours, so changed their method to waggler and long pole feeding Hemp seed, the team managed to pull it back finishing the first day in 5th place.

    On day two the team started for bleak but only for 20 minutes, then changed onto another method for waggler and long pole, going ahead and winning day two with 9 points. The team gelled really well together and I was a little concerned on day one, but the team managed to pull it back on day two and take the bronze medal position and win 3rd place overall. I would like to thank Drennan for donating tackle to the team and offer our appreciation for their support.”

    Day 1
    1st Slovenia 12 pts
    2nd Bosnia 12 pts
    3rd Croatia 12 pts
    4th France 15 pts
    5th England 21 ½ pts

    Day 2
    1st England 9 pts
    2nd Slovenia 10 pts
    3rd Czech Rep 15 pts
    4th Croatia 18 pts

    1st Slovenia
    2nd Croatia
    3rd England
    4th Bosnia
    5th Czech Republic
    6th France
    7th Italy
    8th Belgium
    9th Portugal

    1st Rade Kelecevic – Bosnia
    2nd Rudolf Centrih – Slovenia
    3rd Ota Petracek – Czech Republic
    6th Andy Lakey – England
    8th Stefan Gent – England
    10th Alan Chadbone - England
    Simon Young
    Talk Angling UK fishing chat and tackle
    web design Doncaster - Limitless Digital

  • #2
    Well done Mark, I met him at Marsh Farm at the end of August when he fished the Fish to Win qualifier and he spent a lot of time talking to my son about fishing..

    Well Done Mark and look forward to meeting up again next weekend


    • #3
      well done lads


      • #4
        aney bodey know mark eves phone num would love to catch up with him againe


        • #5
          mick pm sent regards john rhodes


          • #6
            Mick, did you manage to speak to Evesy??
            Simon Young
            Talk Angling UK fishing chat and tackle
            web design Doncaster - Limitless Digital