Richard Gormley has won a silver medal at the 35th World Shore Angling Championships held in north Wales. This incredible success for the Team Ireland and Tralee Bay SAC member follows on from the great performances of the Ireland under 16s who won a team silver in the recent World Championships in Portugal (see here).
Richies’s terrific personal achievement came in spite of a tough competition for Team Ireland who placed 11th overall, with Portugal, England and Spain taking gold, silver and bronze respectively. Fishing was slow with small whiting and the occasional dogfish the mainstay of many anglers catches.
The 26th World Ladies Shore Angling Championships were also held this week in Wales with Lisa Gormley (Glengormley SAC, Newtownabbey) and Nikki Foley (Tralee Bay SAC) finishing in a very respectable 9th and 12th place. The Ladies team – which consisted of Lisa, Nikki, Alisson O Sullivan, Janet Snoddy, Linda Manton and Pat Shortt – got off to a great start on day 1 but also found the fishing tough going at times and finished 7th, several places above home nation Wales. France, South Africa and England took the top three places, respectively.
The high level of performances and results on the world stage by the youth, ladies and men’s Irish teams in recent years bodes very well indeed for the upcoming World Championships in 2020 which will be held on home soil.
Well done to all of Irish teams from all of us here at the magazine!
A full breakdown of al the results are available by clicking on the FIPS-M site here