The England Veterans team that are to compete in this years FIPSed Veterans World Coarse Angling Championships has been named as Steve Sanders, Joe Roberts, Roger Marlow, Danny Sixsmith, Mark Downes and (Manager), Dick Clegg.
The venue for 2015 will be held on the River Sorraia near the village of Cabecao, Portugal on a venue well known to some of this years selected team members. In the past this section of the River Sorraia has held the European, Junior and World Club competitions and offers a huge challenge for the team.
For this and all subsequent years the date for these championships has been brought forward to early June to help eliminate the excessively high temperatures previously experienced when the competition was held in August. This decision by FIPSed to change the date has influenced the method of team selection and therefore this year trials/assessments will not take place before the event and have been cancelled. Consequently team manager Dick Clegg has selected both squads from anglers who had nominated earlier.
Mark Downes said of his selection: "I love fishing international style events, and have essentially based my last twenty years of match fishing around this style of angling, both in my own fishing and in a managerial capacity. I enjoyed fishing the World Club Championship a couple of years ago with Kamasan Starlets and managed a section win on the second day. I'm really looking forward to being involved with the Veterans team too."