Commonwealth Event Results 2010

Thanks to all who made it so

The Commonwealth Camaraderie shines through in mid-Wales

On Wednesday 23rd June the market town of Rhayder hosted the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship which was to be held on the lakes and rivers of mid-Wales on the following three days. Rhayader and Elan Valley AA had worked very hard to ensure it would be a memorable occasion for all and WSTAA is greatly indebted to them for making it such a huge success.

The opening ceremony itself was held at Rhayader Leisure Centre and the hall was full to capacity. A welcoming address on behalf of the Town Council was given by the Mayor, Cllr Lee Jones followed by words of welcome from Roger Williams M.P.(Brecon and Radnor); Kirsty Williams, AM, (Leader of the Welsh Lib-Dem Party); Nick Bourne A.M (Leader of the Welsh Conservative Party)and Cllr Kevin Curry. Also present was WSTAA’s President the Lord Moran accompanied by Lady Moran.

The compere for the ceremony was Moc Morgan and he and Julia sang a song of welcome to the competing teams. The Rhayder Male Voice Choir had a standing ovation after singing their unique and memorable selection of songs of welcome to the teams.
Jill Mandeno from New Zealand, chairman of the Commonwealth Committee, thanked the residents of Rhayder and mid-Wales for their warm welcome before declaring the Championship Event open.
The Teams took part in a parade around Rhayder town accompanied by members of the the Town Council, Nantmel and Brytirion schoolchildren, the Girl Guides, the Army Cadets, St John Cadets – led by the energetic and nimble Rhayader Samba Band. The welcome and applause along the streets was second to none

The Ceremony and the Parade were meticulously organized by Pauline and Alan Lewis, Hardware Store, and to end the evening the teams and the guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet at the Elan Hotel arranged by that connoisseur of fine food and wine Trevor Jones – also of Rhayder (who also took on the huge responsibility of arranging all the travelling associated with the teams and the championship)

The Fishing and the competition
There were eleven teams of five in the competition (9 all male teams and 2 all female teams) and they came from: Australia (2 teams), Canada, England, New Zealand, Scotland (2), South Africa (2) and Wales (2)
They fished the following fisheries: the river Wye (bank), Talyllyn Lake (boat), Clywedog Reservoir (boat and bank) Craig Goch reservoir (bank)
Each competitor fished the five venues – which called for subtle differences in presentation and technique – and the butterfly weather meant that our fisheries were not seen at their best.
The teams from ‘down under’ have superb fishing abilities and they proved themselves very difficult to beat. It was interesting to note that two lady anglers came to the fore on two occasions with Helen Philps (Scotland) in the lead after session one and Cherylee Powell from South Africa (who happened to be on her honeymoon) winning her session on Talyllyn lake.
After very tight competition the Aussies came out on top beating a very able English team into second spot and the highly experienced Scottish team into third. The top rod at the championship was a young fisher from Scotland – Michael Lowe – and it seems that a Bibio on the still waters and a brown bodied fly with a Cul ‘de Cennard wing on the river were his secret weapons.
The Commonwealth Championship’s motto is ‘Fishing in Friendship’ and this year the Friendship Trophy was won by the team of five lady anglers from South Africa.
One of our own – who only came in as a substitute but proved to be a super-sub – won the Fly-tying Competition.Warmest Congratulations to Andrew Banner.– member of the Red Kite Team
WSTAA is greatly indebted to the Head Controllers for giving of their time and for the efficient way in which managed the sessions on their waters. They were:
Lance Burton on the Wye; Dallas Davies on Llyn Clywedog; Phil Wood om Talyllyn; John Felton on Craig Goch.
A huge, huge ‘Thank You’ also to the forty-five controllers who turned up daily at the venues thereby ensuring that the competition could go ahead fairly and smoothly! Your contribution to the success of the event is really appreciated.
WSTAA would like to thank the small committee that comprised of Chairman, Euros Jones; Treasurer: Mike Heckler; Eric and Dion Davies (fisheries liaison officers) for all their hard work over several months. Also Moc & Julia

Thanks too to Kaylene Cross (Tasmania) and Jill Mandeno (NZ) for all their assistance
The next Commonwealth Fly Fishing Championship will be held in Tasmania in 2012.

Moc & Julia Morgan