Wetlands animal park hosts fishing competition for adults with learning disabilities

(L-R) Chris Haines presented with his trophy by Alan Berry, Voyage's Learning and Development Manager
(L-R) Chris Haines presented with his trophy by Alan Berry, Voyage’s Learning and Development Manager

Retford’s Wetlands Animal Park played host to a unique competition this month (9 July) as anglers from across the UK took part in a fishing tournament for adults with learning disabilities and acquired brain injuries.


Organised by Voyage Care, the UK’s leading provider of services for people with learning disabilities, the tournament attracted 20 competitors from residential care homes and day centres operated by Voyage.


Chris Haines, who lives at Markham House in Bolsover, swept the board catching both the largest fish at 7lb and securing the biggest haul with a total catch of over 22lb.


Ben Maycock, who lives at Marner House in Nuneaton, also ranked highly netting second place with a total haul of 16lb and was narrowly beaten into 3rd place by Darrell Nicholls in the largest fish category.


Darrell, who lives at Rivers Home in Oldcotes, Worksop, bagged a 6.4lb fish beating Maycock by the slimmest of margins – a mere 200g.


Ricky McGregor, who had travelled from Tate Lodge in Liverpool, made the long trip worthwhile by taking third place in the biggest catch category with a total haul of 10.13lbs of fish.


Commenting on the day, Voyage Care’s internal communications manager Sue Evans, who organises the annual event said: “It’s always a joy to organise this tournament, as it gives a great deal of pleasure not only to the people we support but also to the staff members who accompany them. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it’s fantastic to see the people we support learning different skills and making new friends.”



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