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CARP CHAT
Award winner from Participation:
Mark Thorneycroft-Gibb
Mark is a retired teacher who is passionate about recruiting people into
angling and giving back to the sport.
He assisted at many large ‘Get Fishing’ participation events last year and
has already supported four events
this year with another two already
planned in his diary. He helps with
the many laborious and non-angling
administration tasks necessary at
‘Get Fishing’ events, particularly
managing the busy registration desk,
always providing a welcoming and
professional reception.
Award winners from Competitions:
David Kent
David is an avid match angler who
cut his teeth in the 70s fishing the
National Championships. He has
held, and continues to hold, many
esteemed volunteer roles and is an
integral voice in representing anglers.
David was part of the National Federation of Anglers’ National Executive
and also held the NFA Vice President
role before taking on the role of Director of the Angling Trust until his official retirement last year. David is the
Chair of the Angling Trust Competitions Committee for all three disciplines, Coarse, Game and Sea, Chair of
the Angling Trust Coarse Competitions Group Committee, Chairman of
Angling Trust Trent Area Forum, Secretary of Long Eaton Victoria Angling
Society and is a volunteer on many
other advisory groups, promoting the
sport in all he does. Throughout
David’s involvement in angling, he
has helped drive and develop many
competitions such as Fish O Mania,
Senior National Championships Division 1, Division 2, etc., events in partnership with Canal & River Trust,
Wo r l d C o a r s e A n g l i n g C h a m p i onships and many more. David is
incredibly hard working and continues to work tirelessly to support hundreds of anglers and volunteers in
Angling Trust competitions.
Mike Storey
Mike is an integral Committee member on the Angling Trust Coarse Competitions Committee and gives up his
own time to help others wanting to
compete in the Angling Trust events.
Mike is a keen and passionate coarse
angler and loves fishing in Ireland and
with Scunthorpe Angling Association
when he manages some welldeserved time off. He is a hard-working individual and his dedication is
unquestionable. Mike will often be
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seen offering to help at very short
notice when others can’t to ensure
the events take place. He brings a
wealth of experience, knowledge and
enthusiasm to his volunteer role and
is always keen to help deliver Fish O
Mania qualifiers and National Championships.
Mark Downes
Mark needs no introduction on the
match fishing scene, having been
both an angler and manager of many
successful teams over the past 40
years. In 1988 Mark was appointed
Team England Manager and he has
been hugely successful bringing back
numerous gold, silver and bronze
medals for Team England at both Senior and Junior levels and managed to
secure world number one ranking for
teams over the years. Mark’s experience is also recognised by FIPS-ed
and he stands as a member on their
technical committee, making significant decisions on the International
stage. He gives up all his time voluntary and works tirelessly with coarse
anglers, world teams and the Angling
Trust bringing strong leadership
skills, commitment and dedication to
make a significantly positive impact
on the sport. Mark has a proven track
record and his reputation has grown
in stature as a fantastic ambassador
for angling.
Dave Harrell
R i v e r e x p e r t a n d A n g l i n g Tr u s t
Ambassador Dave Harrell started
fishing when he was five years old.
Dave represented England in his first
Home International in 1987 and went
on to win gold and silver medals in
World and European Championships
and has been a regular on the match
fishing scene fishing for top match
teams Starlets AS and Shakespeare.
He has worked in publishing for many
years and still regularly writes features for angling magazines. Dave is
the brainchild behind the hugely successful Angling Trust RiverFest competition; in 2013 he approached the
Angling Trust to introduce river qualifiers on venues around the country to
support river anglers and to help promote competition on rivers. Through
his hard work and diligence as a volunteer, his RiverFest competition has
grown into the largest and most successful river-based competition in the
country. Dave has continued to share
his wealth of experience with anglers
and works tirelessly giving up his
own time to promote angling.
Brian Owen
Brian is the Chair of the International
Marine Teams and Competitions
Group for Angling Trust, who select
England teams to participate in the
FIPS-M World Championships and
SALC Home International events. He
is also the lead representing the
Angling Trust and England on the Sea
Angling Liaison Committee (SALC) in
the selection of the SALC Home Internationals. Brian gives up many hours
of his own time to help support
angling and his communication skills,
strong work ethic and pleasant
demeanour are widely recognised.
Following serious illness, Brian has
continued to work tirelessly with
marine anglers and the Angling Trust
to support them in the sport and he is
often seen stepping in at very short
notice to help to ensure events can
take place. Brian goes the extra mile
to ensure all the marine anglers can
participate in the World and Home
Internationals and is an excellent
ambassador for the sport.
Chris Clark (BCA)
A former World Champion sea angler
who has gone on to win 23 world
medals (gold, silver, and bronze) during a lifetime of fishing, Chris Clark
invests a wealth of knowledge and
expertise to sea angling. Chris has
dedicated his time and effort to help
to inspire hundreds of youngsters
wanting to fish for their country. He is
a main selector for England teams on
t h e A n g l i n g Tr u s t I n t e r n a t i o n a l
Marine Teams and Competitions
Group and is also on the FIPS-M
Technical Commission for Shore
Angling in Luxembourg representing
the Angling Trust. Over the last four
years, Chris has taken a lead role in
developing and coaching on the
Angling Trust Sea Angling England
Talent Pathway programme, which is
designed to help junior anglers transform into world class anglers, and he
has also held numerous voluntary
posts representing anglers. Over the
years, Chris has worked tirelessly to
support juniors through the sport,
taking teams across the world to
compete in major events and often
going the extra mile to help cover
costs, as he believes the sport should
be available to all and not to those
who can afford to fund themselves. In
2018 Chris was recognised for all his
hard work and awarded the British
Citizen Award (BCA) which recognises exceptional individuals who
work tirelessly and selflessly to make
a positive impact on society. n

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