28th June 2013
The British Ladies Sea Angling team are delighted to be wearing MacWet gloves for all of the competitions and during training. The 'all grip, no slip' technology is ideal for the sport and the gloves have certainly come in useful for them.
Wendy Metcalfe, competitor and the Ladies Team Manager spoke to us about the team’s journey and their next competition date.
"When I first joined the England Ladies Sea Angling squad in 2002 the only match on offer was the World Championships. Although travelling abroad was a fantastic experience I became increasingly frustrated with our governing body then known as the National Federation of Sea Anglers (NFSA) for not allowing the Ladies team to be involved with the Home Championships which at that time had Men’s, Junior and Youth teams entered. Because of the fact there was no sponsorship from the NFSA, travelling overseas is very expensive and although there are many good lady anglers in this country, not all can afford the expense and so it made sense to me to fish in the UK to allow the ladies a chance to fish for their country.
The Welsh Ladies team were also keen to enter and I got together with them and began to arrange 'friendly' matches which were very successful for a number of years.
The Sea Angling Trust took over from the NFSA and eventually took notice of the fact the ladies were serious about competing in the Homes and this year is the first time we are entered.
The match is to be held in Wales at Abererch beach near Pwllheli between 8th and 12th July.
Ireland and Wales have also entered teams and it is hoped that next year the Scotland ladies will come on board.
The teams all stay at a holiday centre close to the venue. There will be one practice day, an opening ceremony and then two day matches with a gala dinner and medal presentation on the last day.
The target fish will more than likely be Corkwing Wrasse, Garfish, Bream, Bass, Dogfish and Rays all, of course, depending on the weather. If it chucks up then dogfish will be around and if flat calm and sunny then it is expected that Corkwing Wrasse will be the order of the day. This is why we need to be ready for anything. So we carry a wide range of tackle with us to cover for all.
I am very pleased that for the first time my Sister Kay has been selected as reserve.
The team is as follows: Adele Smith (Captain) Rachael Jarman, Nicky Frewin, Becky Adams, Wendy Metcalfe (Competitor and Manager) and Kay Brown (Reserve)
The team is very much looking forward to fishing the Home Championships and winning the gold medal is our sole aim!"
Everyone at MacWet wishes the team the very best of luck and hopes that our gloves help them on to victory, no matter what the weather has instore for them As ever, we are delighted to support our home grown sporting talent and we cannot wait to hear how the team get on!