England manager Tommy has chosen the team to take on the best in the world this July.
Tommy Pickering announces line up for 2012 World Feeder Championships squad.
The England team for the 2012 World Feeder Championships has been announced by team manager and former World Champion Tommy Pickering.
Essentially the same squad that fished in the 2011 championships, the only change to the line up sees Steve Hemingray replaced by Phil Ringer. The rest of the team remains the same with Steve Ringer (last years overall individual silver medalist) Mick Vials, Dean Barlow, Darren Cox and Tommy Pickering himself, along with coaches Glenn Lawrence and Adam Wakelin completing the line up.
Hand picked by Tommy to improve on last year’s team position of fifth overall, the anglers will take on the rest of the world this July, fishing at the Water Sports Centre, Ghent, Belgium.
“This year we have made one change from the 2011 line up with Phil Ringer replacing Steve Hemingray, who I would like to thank for his contribution as part of the squad last year, and hope we can call upon him again in the future,” said Tommy.
“Because the venue is only an hour and 20 minutes away from the Channel Tunnel it would be fantastic to see quite a few English supporters watching the World Feeder Championships in 2012."
A further event for the England feeder team is also planned for 2012, with a friendly international taking place in April, also on the venue at Ghent. For this friendly England will be putting in two teams, the World Team and also a B Team of younger angler in order for coach Glenn Lawrence to develop them on to international standards.
The lineup for the B Team includes Match Fishing’s very own Alex Bones, along with Adam Wakelin, Rob Wootton, Kieron Rich and Adam Rooney.
England's International Events Manager Dick Clegg, OBE, commented on the team choice, saying: “Tom has selected another strong team for Belgium, and I applaud his forward thinking in developing a pathway and an academy style programme for the future of the feeder team.
“The rowing course in Ghent is no stranger to international competitions and England have fished the venue on at least two occasions when both the Juniors, and more recently the Veterans held their own World Championships there.
"The fishing in Belgium should suit our English style of feeder fishing, and I expect this team to make the podium in both the team and individual events."
The 2012 World Feeder Championships will be held at the Water Sports Centre, Ghent, Belgium on July 7 and 8 with the England team continuing to be backed by top tackle firm Preston Innovations.