18 November 2014
On Saturday 15th November at Loughs Agency, 7 ladies were proudly awarded their CAST Level 1 Certificate for angling achievement. This is the first time the certificates have been issued in Ireland. The certificate is for angling achievement and is awarded by First for Sport, SportNI, Angling Trust and Loughs Agency.
Ladies Event at Loughs Agency
Receiving the first certificate in Ireland was Caroline Jeffrey. Caroline, a wheelchair user, has undertaken 6 weeks of coaching with professionally qualified angling instructors to hone her skills. After the first week of training, Caroline caught her first salmon whilst fishing in the River Roe. Caroline puts her successful catch solely down to the coaching and an adaptation to her chair during the coaching sessions at Loughs Agency. 5 weeks later and she is unstoppable and can’t wait for the rivers to open again! After receiving her award Caroline said ‘thanks to all the staff and instructors for their time and patience’. Caroline now wants to progress onto CAST Level 2.
The second person to receive the CAST Level 1 was Dr Pauline McClenaghan. Pauline is an experienced angler who represented Ireland in the Ladies Home International Fly Fishing Series in Wales and earlier this year was named Sports Person of the Year in the Derry Journal People of the Year Awards.
Lionel Knobbs, Angling Development Manager at Loughs Agency said ‘The CAST awards are written as a series of progressive steps to enable anglers to strive to meet their full potential and go from Starter to CAST 6. They enable anglers in all disciplines to develop skills at their own pace and with recognition of their efforts at each stage. We’re very proud at Loughs Agency to have 7 ladies as the first people in Ireland to receive these certificates.’
This Saturday (22ndNov) at Loughs Agency you too can participate. The sessions are open to anyone (aged 8+) who would be interested in learning how to fish and achieving their Starter Certificate or Level 1. There are sessions at 10am, 12pm and 2pm which must be booked in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 02871 342100. The coaching is complimentary and there is a £1 charge for the certificate which will be used for angling development programmes.