It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Mike Childs, a great angler who gave so much of his life to representing his country and organising the international fly fishing competitions for seniors and juniors.
Mike was central to the England International and World squads for many years and became a very succesful team manager. In particular he developed close relationships with other European angling organisations arranging many exchange trips for the senior and youth teams and served as President of the International Fly Fishing Association.
Latterly he was the President of the England Youth Flyfishing Association and gave many years to supporting the younger generation of anglers through national and international competitions.
Mike will be sadly missed by so many anglers across the world and our thoughts are with his wife Valerie.
Mike's funeral will be held on Tuesday 2nd October 2012 at 11.00am and will take place at St Francis RC Church, 110 Warwick Road, Kenilworth CV8 1HL. The service will be followed by cremation.
Mike's family have stressed that all Mike's fishing friends from over the years are very welcome, have asked that no flowers are sent, but very kindly suggested that any donations can be made in his memory to England Youth Fly-fishing.
Any donations can be sent to The EYF Treasurer, 23 Fines Road, Medomsley, Consett, Co Durham DH8 6QR (cheques made payable to Angling Trust).
September 6, 2011 | Author Kieron Jenkins
The Welsh Youth World fly fishing team headed off to Sansepolcro, Italy on Friday 26th August to compete in the Fly Fishing World Championships along with another 11 countries. The Youth World fly fishing championships was just a small part of the Sport Fishing World Championship being held in Italy, along with 24 other disciplines and 51 countries competing. The categories ranged from Disabled Carp fishing through to long distance casting with beach casters, and every thing in between.
by Tomáš Adam
Originally, I did not want to take part in this year´s Championship and the nomination for my sixth championship I gave up mainly for family reasons. But when I had a call from Roman Heimlich that he had torn cruciate ligament in his knee during his last skiing trip, I agreed with my wife Hana that if the Czech team asks me again, I will go and I did not have to wait so long.
On Sunday, 27 May, we set out in two cars in direction to Bohinjska Bystrica and our team consisted of the Captain Tomáš Starýchfojtů, Ivan Vančura, Tomáš Cieslar, Luboš Roza and me. Tony Pešek should have joined us due to his workload on Monday evening. After 6 and a half hour long journey, we arrived in the place and got accommodated. Then there was an introductory evening, where we set the plan for the following day, when we decided for the training on the Sava Bohinjka downstream from the venue II. Then our one-week practice camp before the World Championship in Slovenia started.