Press Release from the Angling Trust
The Tronixpro England World Youth Shore team headed to Castellon in Spain to compete the 16th FIPS-M World Youth Shore Angling Championships between the 8th and 15th October 2016. The England team, managed by Malcom Stote consisted of Callum Graham, Toby Oldfield, Charlie Tudball, Joseph Smith, Rory Eastlake, Tony Mcafee Williams.
Host nation Spain took full advantage of competing on home territory with fantastic individual and collective performances resulting in team gold and further success with individual gold and silver medals. The Italian team finished in second giving them a silver medal closely followed in third place by Portugal while Team England finished a creditable fifth place.
Throughout practice England established that there were limited numbers of larger fish to be caught and any success would depend on finding these fish during the match days.
England ended day one in fourth place, a solid start however day two proved to be more challenging and the team dropped into fifth place. England enjoyed some success on day three as they finished third and gave them a shout of a podium finish if they could find a win or second on the final day of competition.
Unfortunately for England, strong performances from Spain, Italy and Portugal meant England could not displace the top three nations and the team finished fifth overall in the competition. England’s Charlie Tudball finished as highest placed England rod in ninth place followed closely by Callum Graham in twelfth.
Final team positions
Top 5 individual positions
1st Diego Perez, Spain
2nd David Romero, Spain
3rd Federico Spagnoli, Italy
4th Henrique Jesus, Portugal
5th Hector Molina, Spain
The England Youth Team and the Angling Trust would like to thank their official sponsor Tronixpro for the support in helping the team prepare and compete and to Christchurch Angling Centre for their additional help and support.