26 October 2017
It was a birthday to remember for fly fisher Karen Brooks who hauled in a good-sized trout while competing in the first ever Australian Masters Games fly fishing competition, which started yesterday out at the beautiful Talbot Lagoon in Guildford.
The now 61-year-old has been doing the sport for just over a year and was able to gain some more experience at the event while also taking a few pointers from those who have been casting lines for years.
“Well it was a really good competition Talbots Lagoon is a terrific place to fish, a great venue,” Brooks said.
“It was challenging for everyone though because this morning it was very calm and quite bright and sunny which is not really the conditions you would want for fishing.
“This afternoon we had a little bit more of a breeze and it was overcast, and I ended up with a beautiful 53-centimetre brown trout.
“Quite a few nice fish were caught by the group.”
The competition was hosted by the North West Fly Fishing Club who were able to organise motorised boats on the water for competitors to enjoy a great day of fly fishing.
“It was great fun, a great group of people,” she added.
“The helpers and volunteers were awesome, they had lunch ready for everyone with cups of tea and coffee.
“It was really well planned and organised.”
Brooks is preparing for the national championships that will take place in Tasmania next month, which has made this week a perfect practice run for her next major event.
“The emphasis is on that it’s not quite so serious competition, it has a really nice feel to it,” she said of the Australian Masters Games.
“Everyone is really supportive and helpful, out having a good time.”
More than 10,000 athletes and spectators will come together in Adelaide in 2019 for the 17th Australian Masters Games.
Tasmania’s North West has put on a show during eight days of memorable Australian Masters Games action, according to Games general manager Scott Wade.
It is impressive for anyone to take up a sport in their later years and compete as a Masters athlete, but starting out as a gymnast at the age of 60 is a remarkable achievement by Alexander Beernink.