Commonwealth Championship 2004

Lloch Fitty, Scotland

Commonwealth Championship – Loch Fitty, Scotland
Two other Welsh National Teams were also in action last weekend in the Commonwealth match on Loch Fitty. One of the Welsh eams won Bronze in an eleven team championship. The team comprised of Gareth Dixon, Maesnant (Captain), Spencer Williams, (Pontardawe) Roy Pascoe,(Pontardawe) Aled Evans,(Maesnant) Anthony Crocker (Thorn) and Steve Dixon (Maesnant). This made it the third time for Wales to win Bronze in a Commonwealth Championship. Spencer Williams triumphed by winning the Individual Gold Medal. This was a fabulous achievement for Spencer who fished well and won through in a highly competitive match.The English team that won the team gold was a star studded one with Dave Shipman, Bob Church, and Dave Crowe to the fore.One interesting feature of the two matches (Commonwealth and International) both being run simultaneously was that one family had three members in action in the two matches. They were members of the talented Dixon family from Machynlleth. Dad- Stephen Dixon was a member of the Commonwealth team captained by his son Gareth. His other son Aled was a very prominent member of the Welsh Team that won gold in the International Fly Fishing championship on Llyn Brenig. Aled’s contribution to the team was over fifteen pounds weight of fish.

Both Aled and Gareth have appeared in Welsh National Fly Fishing teams on previous occasions but this was the first time for dad, Stephen, to fish for his country.
Although this is certainly a Welsh record – having a father and two sons in Welsh National teams simultaneously, I do believe that on one occasion an Irish team had Chris Deacy (dad) and his two sons appear in the same team. I wonder if the Dixons can equal that. I would not give any odds on it not happening!