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69 ONICLE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21,2014

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ELASSROOTS SPORT

kinson is fishing for the p honours with England son thrives in competitive .ASTLE University ANGLING environments and has t James Atkinson developed a personal ap “1 started fly fishing with present Team Eng proach to competing and ian international fly my grandfather when I winning. championship this was seven. He added: “It is crucial “My father is also an avid to stay in control. fisherman and I am very Inals will take place “Dwelling on mistakes ugh Owel, Ireland, grateful for the support he and missed opportunities has always given me. enMaye and3l and “Fly fishing requires will only impact your con ~eature top names time, travel and resource centration and you need England, Scotland, and without his commit to be 100% alert during the and Ireland. compeudon.~’ will be the first ment I would not be where The accomplished an lam now7 r-level event for Atgler has already bagged Fly fishing contests are ii, 19, who has cornmajor fishing honours. and won multiple highly competitive and These include the Brown physically demanding. championships at Bowl and National The event on Lough and internationally Rivers titles in 2012. cluding six caps for Owel will start with a twoHe also clinched eam day practice session, fol England. gold at an international lowed by the final round first-year marine bi with eight hours fishing event in Ireland and wa student said: “1 have crowned northern youth time per day. friends from the Anglers will receive stillwaters champion in it team and we have 2012. practicing together points for their daily catch Atldnson is also the only and participants with the weral competitions. junior to win the Lock Style is terrific to be a part highest scores will ad International and was fifth vance to the next stage tin e squad and! hope to in an England national within the top three til a winner emerges. Lancaster-born Atkin qualifier lastyeat England.

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Angler James Atkinson who hopes to net the top honours at an international fishing competition in May

loves well and truly off TN’s bid for fight glory THUMBRIA University into the 2014 BUCS Box ampionships guaranteed per points haul after eight e club’s fighters made t’s Sheffield finals. ck of the bouts is an all umbria affair as captain Martin goes head-to-head team-mate Alex Killeen in der-8lkgs division. th at least one gold medal ing back to Sport Central, are high more of the Steel y’s top titles will be en route ryneside later tonight. plied Sport and Exercise ce student Martin said: ce I joined the club in my year we have gone from gth to strength, increasing bership and successes. ce 2012 we have steadily ed the number of med n in BUCS with this year g our greatest success. Having seven of our boxers ugh the finals is a phenom achievement and it is the time we have had an all umbria bout for gold. I am looking forward to a fight against Alex and of us want to come out on

IN BRIEF

League has new vacancy AN extra vacancy has appeared in Division Five of the North East Midweek Cricket League for 2014 after Boldon CC decided not to follow up their application to join. Any team interested should contact league sec retary Don Cadey on 07986 307 688.

Predators are on the prowl CITY Predators host NESLC Aztecs in Division One of the Northumberal nd Volleyball Association League on Sunday (11.00). On the same day Tynedale Reivers take on Tynedale Outlaws in Divi sion Two (6.00) while in the Ladies Division preda tors welcome Newcastle University (1 i.oo). TheTeam Northumbria boxingJqUad which hopes for knockout success in tonight’s BUCS championship finals In Sheffield

Northumbria University sport scholarship, will compete for the under-6okgs open class (elite) medal and we have a number of other gold medal hopes. “These are exciting times for Team Northumbria boxing.” Coach Mark Telford staged the club’s first home show in

host another top-class competi tion inApril. The Ulsterman said: “The club has the potential to make Northumbria the top boxing university in the country in coming years. “We have been working towards laying a solid founda tion but in Sheffield we can

Northunibria’s gold medal prospects are: Josh Johal (under-57kg5), Dale Martin and Alex Killeen (under-8lkgs), John Young (under-86kgS), Sambu Kanteh (under-9lkgs), Hannah Burn (under-57kg5), Lucy Murray (under-67kgs) and Take Slater (under-60kgs). Murray doubles up as club and

Team Northumbria vice-presi dent’s internship. Northumbria University head of Sport Cohn Stromsoy said: “1 am very proud of all of our box ers and they deserve their suc cess under Mark after working so hard. “Boxing at Northumbria is a genuine sporting success

Warriors are on the road WHITLEY Warriors visit Manchester tomorrow (4.40) in the North Under18 League. The Hillheads club’s under-16s, meanwhile, are at Caventty44.~W.._a.a’~a.


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