International sportspeople enjoyed a taste of Scotland's famed
hospitality, with a memorable Gala Dinner and prize presentations to
celebrate the conclusion of the hugely successful 29th World Fly
Fishing Championships, which took place around the Stirlingshire
village of Drymen.
Sponsored by local distillery, Glengoyne, it was the first time the
World Fly Fishing Champions has been held in the UK, with 27 teams and
177 international sportspeople taking part. Britain did exceptionally
well, with the English team taking gold over all and Scotland securing
a well-deserved third place. English team member, Iain Barr also
received gold in the individual category.
Hosted by the event's international organisers, Neil McCarry and
Alberto Laidlaw and Glengoyne Distillery, the Gala Dinner Championship
presentations were made by guests of honour, Richard Lochhead, MSP and
FIPS-Mouche President, Paul Vekemans. As well as personalised bottles
of Glengoyne Single Malt for
the overall winners, each participant received and exclusive Limited
Edition 10 Years Old bottle and tube marking the historic event.
The World Fly Fishing Championship showcased some of Scotland's most
famous and breathtaking fly fishing locations, including Lake of
Menteith, Loch Leven, Loch Awe and Carron valley, as well as beats on
the River Tay.
Glengoyne 'The Real Taste of Malt' is one of the leading premium
malt whiskies in the world and has been distilled at Glengoyne
distillery since 1833. It has recently released three new single cask
malts in addition to the award-winning core range, which includes a
single malt 10 Years Old, 12 Years Old cask strength, 17 Years Old and
21 Years Old.
For further information on the Championships and full list of winners visit:www.worldflyfishingchampionships2009.com
The gold winning English team with Ian Macleod Distillers' marketing director, Iain Weir (Left to right) John Horsey, Howard Croston, Ian Greenwood (English team manager), Baz Reece, Iain Barr (individual gold medallist), Iain Weir, Ian Macleod Distillers and Dave Parker.
Paul Vekemans, President of FIPS-Mouche presents English team manager Ian Greenwood, with the winning team salver.
Bronze team winner, James Litster (Scotland team) with individual and team gold medallist, Iain Barr (England team) and Simon Cocker, Bronze team winner, (Scotland team).
Richard Lochhead, MSP presents a salver to Iain Barr, from the English team and individual gold medal winner.
World Fly Fishing Championship opened with a traditional toasting of the water by FIPS-Mouche President Paul Vekemans and Dr. Neil McCarry, international organiser of the event.
David Chalmers of team Scotland (left) and Neil Ashman of team Wales celebrate the start of the competition with a wee dram of the limited edition Glengoyne whiskey.
For images and further information, contact:
Alison Liddy / Laura Campbell
T: 0131 554 6111
For information on Glengoyne, contact :
Iain Weir, Marketing Director
Ian Macleod Distillers Ltd
T: 01506 852205
For information on World Fly Fishing Championships, contact:
Dr. Neil W McCarry, International Organiser
Scottish Anglers National Association
Notes to editors:
About the World Fly Fishing Championships:
The World Fly Fishing Championships have been held annually in various
countries since 1981 and Scotland has competed regularly in the
Championship. The Championship was initially held under the auspices of
the International Confederation of Sport Fishing ( CIPS ). In 1989 the
International Federation of Sport Fly Fishing (FIPS-Mouche) was founded
as an Independent Federation within CIPS and now control and oversee
World and European Championships.
In order for a country to bid for a World Championship it must have
hosted a successful European Championship demonstrating the ability to
organise such a major event. The European Championship was held on
Islay in 2003 and was considered by all to have been very successful.