World title for Emma Pickering at the Olympics
Female angling star Emma Pickering from Doncaster has added to the England medal collection this summer with an Olympic display at the World Ladies Angling Championships in Hungary last weekend (16th/ 17th August) as she fished for Subfish NFA Team England Ladies.
As England continue to climb the medal tables in Beijing with one of our most successful Olympics ever, non-Olympic sports are also upping their game to bring home gold.
Angling is one of the largest female participation sports in the country with 66,000 going fishing every year, which is a huge number compared with most sports. With such participation, there is a huge following of our Subfish England team and immense pressure on them to bring back medals.
Thankfully for English sport Emma Pickering, daughter of angling superstar Tommy Pickering, didn’t buckle under the limelight and achieved her dream of winning a World Championship, angling’s equivalent to Olympic gold. Having already seen success this year, winning the Ladies Fish ‘O’ Mania live on Sky Sports, she can now add the World title to her list of achievements.
Emma won the championships with 3 points and a total weight over the two days of 12.650kg. The top four anglers were all level on points; however it was Emma’s superior weight that landed her gold. Emma fished a very consistent match landing 197 fish on day one and 198 fish on the second day.
Emma commented, “I really didn’t expect it, the match was fished on one of the best venues I have been to which made it such a close contest. I was concentrating on just fishing for the team positions, however as the second day wore on I knew that there was a chance [individually]. Winning the World Championship was a real shock, but from a personal achievement perspective this has to be one of the best experiences I have had.”
The second placed angler was Val