Angling: Lancaster student to represent England

James Atkinson.
James Atkinson.

A Lancaster student will represent Team England in an international fly fishing championship.

James Atkinson, who studies at Newcastle University, will travel to Lough Owel, Ireland, at the end of May to take on the best from Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

It will be the 19-year-old’s first senior event having won multiple junior championships at home and internationally, winning six caps for Team England.

The first-year Marine Biology student said: “I have many friends from the senior team, and we have been practicing together for several competitions.

“It’s terrific to be a part of the team and I hope to finish within top three in Team England.

“I started fly fishing with my grandfather when I was seven years old.

“My father is also an avid fisherman and we have a long-running family competition, which I have been winning for the past two years.

“I am very thankful for the support that my father has always given me. Fly fishing requires time, travel and resources, and I without his commitment I wouldn’t be where I am now.”

The event on Lough Owel from May 28 and May 31 starts with a two-day practice session, followed by the final round, with eight hours fishing time per day.

Anglers will receive points for their daily catch and participants with the highest scores will advance to the next stage until a winner emerges.