History will be made in 2020 as England has been chosen to host the inaugural Ladies World Carp Angling Championships.
Women’s participation in angling is on the increase and following the success of a number of international events spearheaded by Carp Team England, FIPSed, the international governing body of sport fishing, have recognised the growth and importance of women’s competitive carp fishing and have awarded it a place on the international world championships calendar.
Following this exciting news, the Angling Trust submitted a bid to host the inaugural event which was approved at the recent annual meeting of FIPS delegates.
Carp Team England Manager Rob Hughes co-ordinated and headed up both the bid to host the event and the ratification process. He said: “This is a significant step forward for women’s competition and I’m over the moon that FIPS have endorsed the proposals and that we have won the honour of hosting the inaugural event.
“When you think that this discipline of the sport is only four years old and it’s gone from not existing to becoming fully ratified at world level in such a short period of time, it is truly something to be proud of.”
The women’s competitive movement started off in England in 2016 when the first female international was held between England and Wales. That evolved into a Tri-Nations event and then an exhibition World Cup competition hosted by France last year. The elevation to World Championship status on the FIPSed calendar is a clear marker that women’s competitive carp angling is growing.
Bev Clifford, Manageress of the ladies team added: “We’re really pleased that FIPS have recognised the importance of ladies carp angling as an international sport. We are also really looking forward to competing and we will be doing our utmost to win historic gold on home ground.”
The dates and venue will be announced early in the new year and it’s expected to be held in September. Teams from as far afield as Russia, America and South Africa have already expressed an interest and discussions are being held with TV companies about broadcast options. Apart from lure fishing, this is the first coarse fishing World Championships to have been held on English soil since Bob Nudd won gold at Holme Pierrepoint in 1994.