International squad devastated after team member diagnosed with cancer hours before team is set to leave UK.
Just 72 hours before the England Veteran squad is due to travel to Portugal for this year’s World Championship competition the team has been devastated by the news that one of its key anglers has been hospitalised with bowel cancer.
The shocking disclosure that famous Trent man, highly respected match angler and member of the English Vets team Don Slaymaker had been diagnosed with the life threatening condition emerged earlier today (August 2).
Due to travel with the team a week ahead of the international competition being staged on Portugal’s river Mondego, the loss of the 62-year-old so late in the day has left management team Joe Roberts and Dick Clegg with few options. However, as Joe revealed to Match Fishing, the change could well see one of England’s most respected angling figure come back to the international stage.
“It’s a major set-back for the team and of course we’re all very concerned about Don who has been a good friend for 30years,” said Joe who is fishing in the Vets team. “However, only four members of the squad are needed to fish, and if we need him we have Dick (Clegg) as a wild card who will now be packing his kit for the competition.”
Without Don the England Vets squad now consists of Roger Marlow, Dicky Carr, Terry Lancaster and Joe Roberts.
The Veterans World Champs event will take place over the weekend of August 11 and 12.