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Anglers with Disabilities “My biggest highlight over the years was being selected to fish for England in 2008 in Germany for the Freshwater International angling team, managed by Joe Roberts. I came 4th in my section on day one, and 7th the following day. If it wasn’t for the support from my wife Sharon, I would find it really difficult to compete. I am looking forward to taking part in future National Championships for Anglers with Disabilities”. John Holmes

Anglers with Disabilities National Champs

 Angling Trust Anglers with Disabilities National Championship 

Saturday 19th July 2020

Gold Valley Lakes

OPEN FOR ENTRIES from 10:30am on Tuesday 4th February 2020 here ( on the AT Online Events booking site.
Pegs are limited and are served on a first come first served basis.     

The National Championship for Anglers with Disabilities is open to all individual members of the Angling Trust. The event is fished on an individual basis.

ENTRY FEES are £20.00 with optional pools available.

HQ: Gold Valley Lake, Gold Lane, Government Road, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU11 2PT.

Draw: 08:30am.

Fishing: 11:00am - 4:00pm (Duration 5 hours).

Closure of waters for practice: Waters to be closed from 5pm on the Friday prior to the National Championship (Friday 18th July). Please check with the Fishery about their open matches.

Licences: All competitors must be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod Licence. Any competitor reported by the Environment Agency to the resulting team on the day of the match will be disqualified.

Keepnet: Minimum length of 2 metres

Bait bans: Fishery & Angling Trust rules apply.

Refreshments: Available on site

Eligible fish: All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Game Fish, Pike, Zander and Crustaceans.

Fay finesses method feeder to take National.
Anglers with Disabilities press release 2019

(Elliot Fay 2019 Winner)

Please click here for the 2019 Disabled National Championship results.

The Anglers with Disabilities National Championships saw some horrendous conditions at Heronbrook as it rained heavily all day long, however nineteen hardy competitors were rewarded with some good fishing.

Elliot Fay (Matrix) put the disappointment of finishing second last year behind him by smashing the opposition with a great display of feeder fishing to amass a terrific weight of 62.980Kg. This gave him an easy victory to earn him the Championship crown for 2019. Pegged on Island Lake 19, Elliot fished a small method feeder with micros and a red wafter to take mainly carp to 5kg.

Anglers with disabilities press release 2 2019

Runner up this year was Hodnet AC’s Geoffrey Perkins, also pegged on Island Lake at peg 1, Geoff fished expanders over micros at 8m for a succession of F1s, before switching to meat and corn down the edge to catch more F1s and some bonus carp up to 5kg, weighing 37.725Kg. 

Wayne Panting took third place by fishing pellet shallow on just a top kit to take F1s and carp to 4kg for a total of 35.250kg.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Neil Dale and his team at Heronbrook for supporting such a great event. Next year’s match is being hosted by Gold Valley on Saturday 18th July 2020.


1. Elliot Fay Matrix 62.980Kg

2. Geoffrey Perkins Hodent AC 37.725Kg

3. Wayne Panting Mosella Select MG 35.250Kg

4. Peter Craig 31.325Kg

5. Alan Chadbone 27.175Kg

6. Thomas Livesey 25.250Kg

Wayne Panting 1st ind Disabled=

(Wayne Panting Champion 2018)

A look back at 2017

Tremendous Nicholls edge the Anglers with Disabilities National Championships

The Angling Trust Anglers with Disabilities National Championship saw 19 anglers battle it out on the lucrative Molands pool on a muggy overcast day at Packington Somers.

International Silver Medalist Elliott Fay stormed out of the blocks catching F1s on long pole from peg 46, but his early lead was eventually whittled away as Elliott’s fish deserted him and David Nicholls fish on peg 58 grew more confident, slipping up with ever increasing frequency.

David Fished a tremendous match and was crowned Anglers with Disabilities National Champion with 24.175kg, Fay pushing him right to the wire and ending up an agoinising 500g behind him with 23.475kg.

Top 3 Anglers with Disabilities National Champs 2017

(Top 3 individuals - from left to right; Elliot Fay, David Nichols and Steven Parker)

Third place on the day went to Steven Parker who found himself with peg 48 from the draw bag. Steven amassed a very respectable 17.200kg in the Five hours, just edging out Fred Bispham and Ian Black.

The Angling Trust would like to thank John Burchall and his team at Packington Somers for their hospitality and a great days fishing.

Top 6 Individual results;

1st David Nicholls, Forest Town, 24.175kg

2nd Elliot Fay, Kingsteignton, 23.475kg

3rd Steven Parker, Newcastle Under Lyme, 17.200kg

4th Fred Bispham, Kirkby in Ashfield, 15.925kg

5th Ian Black, Totnes, 15.625kg

6th Alan Chadbone, Sandhurst, 15.350kg


A Look Back at 2016

Match Report

Elliot Fay takes the Championship title in the Angling Trust Anglers with Disabilities National Championship

This year’s Angling Trust Anglers with Disabilities National Championship was fished on Arles Lake at Woodland View Fishery near Worcester on Saturday 4th June. 

Fishing for the 28 competitors proved quite difficult on a bright warm day with no ripple on the water.

The winner on the day was Elliott Fay of Kingsteignton Devon fishing peg 37.  He started by fishing the pellet feeder to an island and had just three small carp in the first hour.  Switching to the pole line that he had been feeding regularly proved fruitless so he decided to stay fishing the feeder for the rest of the match. He finished with twenty small carp for a weight of 19.500 kg and a comfortable win.

Phil Bishop Disabled=

Phil Bishop 2nd Place

Second place went to Phil Bishop of Gloucester fishing peg 29.  Just as the winner found out Phil was unable to tempt any bites on the pole line so he fished the pellet feeder with banded pellet on the hook both long and short to catch eight carp and twelve skimmers for a weight of 18.350 kg.

Third place went to Shaun Scriven of Derby fishing peg 22. Shaun fished banded pellet shallow on the pole 16.750 kg catching ten carp.

Top 10 individual results;

1) Peg 37 Elliot Fay- 19.500kg
2) Peg 29 Phil Bishop - 18.350kg
3) Peg 22 Shaun Scriven -16.750k
4) Peg 2 John Holmes -16.550kg
5) Peg 33 Wayne Panting - 12.400kg
6) Peg 5 Richard Rawsthorne -10.300kg
7) Peg 21 Frederick Bisham  - 8.050kg
8) Peg 9 Paul Ainsclough - 7.750kg
9) Peg 18 Ben Speak - 7.600kg
10) Peg 10 David Chilton - 6.450kg

3rd place Shaun Scriven for website

Shaun Scriven 3rd Place

Section winners are;

John Holmes  Peg 2- 16.550 kg
Shaun Scriven Peg 22 – 16.750 kg
Elliot Fay Peg 37- 19.500 kg

The Angling Trust would like to thank Woodland View at Droitwich for all their support and work.

Please click here for Anglers with Disabilities National Championship results for 2016

A look back at 2015.

Richard Rawsthorne Wins the Championship Title for Anglers with Disabilities

26 anglers with disabilities competed for the title of National Individual Champion at the Angling Trust National Championship for Anglers with Disabilities at Lakeview Fishery, Melton Mowbray on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Weights were not expected to be high following practice during the week and returns from the open matches, and far from ideal weather conditions greeted the competitors on the day.  The lakes in use for this match were Lagoon and Serpent with Serpent being the one more favoured by the anglers.

2nd place individual Disabled=

Unfortunately, both of these lakes fished extremely hard but the form book was turned upside down with the winner coming from Lagoon.  Drawn on Lagoon peg 22 and fishing mostly down the track using maggot and pellet, Richard Rawsthorne from Manchester turned out the winner with a weight of 14.040 kg.

Disabled National 2015 fishing

In second place and drawn on Serpent peg 18 with a weight of 8.900 kg was Fred Bispham from Kirkby in Ashfield.  In third place was Mark Russell from Leicester, drawn on Lagoon peg 8 with a weight of 6.680 kg.

Top 6 results;

  • 1st Richard Rawsthorne – Lagoon 22 - 14.040 kg
  • 2nd Frederick Bispham – Serpent  18 – 8.900 kg
  • 3rd Mark Russell – Lagoon 8 – 6.680 kg
  • 4th Paul Leslie Chadwick – Lagoon 24 – 5.860 kg
  • 5th John Holmes – Serpent 12 – 4.960 kg
  • 6th David Mohrhardt – Lagoon 14 – 4.940 kg
The Angling Trust would like to thank Lakeview Fishery for all their help and support in making this championship such a successful and enjoyable event.

For a full set of results click here

Mark Eves

(Mark Eves in action in 2014)

John Holmes weighing in 2014
(John Holmes in action in 2014)

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