The Junior shore Home International event was hosted at Aberystwyth on 10th & 11th July. The England Junior team on the day was Michael Dawkins, Dan Warman, Steven Rathbone, Ollie Mears, Callum Graham, Bryony Langley (Reserve), Joyce Rogers (Manager), and John Gardner (Assistant Manager). Although Bryony did not fish the matches she supported her team members by working hard as a runner on the beaches.
All the team proved to be exceptionally good anglers who listened to the advice from their Manager, Joyce Rogers. The tactic was to try different tackle and distances throughout the matches, and to remain focused. After a disappointing first match the team coped under pressure from the competing team, and pulled off an amazing finish to take the Gold medal position and win with 25 points in total. The runners up, Ireland, finished on 22 points (46 fish caught). The bronze medal went to Scotland with 22 points (43 fish caught), and Wales finished in fourth position to take home dark bronze with 21 points. The junior team have now won two gold medals and one silver medal in the last three years.
Joyce Rogers, Team Manager stated, “They worked as a team and asked for advice if they felt they needed it. I was very proud to be the Manager of these juniors who have succeeded in winning the gold medal. We would also like to offer our appreciation and thanks to TRONIX who provides sponsorship of prizes for the team.”