6th august 2018

On Wednesday 1st August, David Cruickshank (SIII) won his first U18 Scotland cap, representing his country in the Youth Fly Fishing International which was held at Draycote Water near Rugby. A total of 56 Anglers took part representing the 4 home nations in teams of 14. Each angler was drawn to fish in a boat with an angler from one of the other countries. David, one of the youngest competitors at the event, was drawn against one of the Welsh top rods, Medi Treharne, who is the current Welsh Bank Fishing Champion. The winners were decided based on total weight of fish caught during the 7-hour fishing session. David beat his boat partner and Scotland won the overall event narrowly ahead of England, Wales and Ireland. The winning margin was one of the smallest of all times being under 3lbs, which equates to less than two fish. David was personally recognised at the event. Out of all the anglers, he landed the heaviest fish winning him the Ian Jones Memorial Trophy on top of his Gold Medal. This meant he also landed the heaviest fish for team Scotland winning the Stirling Council Trophy as well. 

David hopes to qualify for the Scotland Team again next year through his performance at the Scottish Youth Championships which will be held at Lake of Menteith and Carron Valley Reservoir later this month and in September. It is Scotland's turn to host the International event next year and David is hoping to defend the title and win a further Gold medal on home water.
St Columba's School Kilmacolm

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