The following article was submitted by Buks Viljoen fishing journalist for The Citizen Newspaper Lowvelder.   Buks is himself a disabled fly fisher and has been involved with the Nedbank Curamus for a number of years.

From: "Citizen @ Lowvelder"
Date: Thu, 5 May 2005 14:50:05 +0200
To: Trev

Nedbank/Curamus Fly Fishing Competition for Disabled 2005
In Belfast
Hosted by
The Belfast Fly Fishing Association
by Buks Viljoen

On Saturday 30th April a record was broken when 33 trout were landed within six hours during the ninth annual Nedbank/Curamus Fly Fishing Competition for Disabled.

No less than 77 disabled fly-fisher folk gathered in Belfast to test their skills with a fly rod.

Anton Lombaard of Witbank smiled all the way when he, not only for the first time in his life caught a trout, but also bagged the heaviest rainbow (860 gram).

Another Witbanker, Jean Gates (a novice angler who took part in the competition for the first time) landed three trout and ensured that she ran off with the prize for the heaviest bag.

Veli Maseko of Nelspruit caught the second heaviest trout and yet another novice, Shane Malcomess of Durban, landed the third heaviest trout.

Nikki van Rensburg of Middelburg caught the second heaviest bag with the third prize in this category going to Carel Knobel of Pretoria.

The Belfast Fly Fishing Association (BFFA) marshals decided to award the prize for the most improved angler to Richard Mkwanazi of Nelspruit.

Tim Babich of Fishing Owls World in Boksburg North kindly gave of his time to do the fly tying and casting demonstration and the winner of the fly tying was Hannes Vermeulen tying an excellent black blue flash beaded woolly bugger (Speed Kop).   Tim's comment “It was amazing to see how quickly some of the participants tied a fly after being shown only once, this opens up the possibility of job creation”.

Our grateful thanks must also go to Gary Preston from Stealth Fly Rod and Reel for his assistance all day and particularly in organising the long distance fly casting and supplying the rod, reel and line for this event.

"We have been involved in disabled sport for a number of years and the fly-fishing competition is a natural extension of Nedbank’s commitment to improve the lives of many disabled people," Mr. Grahame Jones, sponsorship manager for Nedbank said.

The former premier of Mpumalanga, Mathews Phosa, who attended the prize-giving ceremony, praised Nedbank for the contribution.

"It is gestures like this from the corporate community that ensure that the disabled are recognised for their abilities, rather than their disabilities," Phosa said.

Prizes worth R40 000 were presented to the winners and we thank all the many sponsors and helpers who participated during the day your contribution made this day such a huge success.

To view the pictures of the winners and various shots taken through out the day click next