By Sport Reporter
THE Namibia Artificial Lure Angling Association (NALAA) national teams have outshone their South African counterparts in a Region 5 angling tournament, held at the Okavango River recently, with Land of the Brave winning gold medals in all the categories.
The NALAA fielded all their national teams, including a national senior side, a national junior side, a federation senior side, a developmental senior side, as well as a junior developmental team, which all won gold medals. The association that said it’s the first time in the history of the event that Namibia managed to field all five teams, including the juniors, and this is something that the NALAA is very proud of. NALAA Public Relations Officer, Rene Graf, said many teams struggled to find their feet in the tough fishing conditions, which were the result of strong winds and low water levels.
However, Namibia managed to open the competition with a strong lead, the result of many good fish being landed and weighed. On the second day the South African teams figured out the river quite well, and managed decent catches as well, but the Namibian anglers skilfully used their experience, and landed a better array of species than the first day, and eventually claimed the gold medals.
The NALAA thanked all its anglers, skippers and volunteers, as well as all the South African Anglers, skippers and support staff for having made the event a great, incident-free success, where sportsmanship was maintained at the highest levels.
The association said that the mutual respect accorded to teammates and rivals alike, made the event memorable and successful.
Graf said that the NALAA will its national trials from 15 to 17 September, to select a competitive team that will represent the country in South Africa next year.
He said that the national trials are scheduled to take place at the Swakopoort Dam.
The competition between South Africa and Namibia is rotationally annually and next year the neighbouring will host the event.
Graf said that there two more local events on the 2017 NALAA calendar, which are scheduled to take place in October and November
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