Bridget Dawson believes that angling is one of the few truly inclusive sports that anyone can try. She’s been a youth worker for over 20 years, enjoys working with young people from all walks of life and gets as big a thrill from watching someone else catch a fish as catching them herself. Bridget uses angling to let young people learn skills that will help them enjoy taking part in sport and respect the environment. Here she tells us about how her relationship with the sport has changed over the past few years…
“I’ve fished since I was 5 or 6 years old so I can’t really remember what life was like before I started joining my Grandad on the bank. I do remember though, that time spent fishing made us closer.
Now as a coach, I see families come fishing, spending that same kind of quality-time together and enjoying it as much as I did.
Personally, I used to go fishing and love having time for just myself and my thoughts. This has changed since becoming a coach and because of my work I’ve got used to the chat with fellow coaches, our ‘Peer Mentors’ and other staff.
This is what brings together the young people I work with and it’s because of this social side to angling that I now prefer to go fishing with other people. I really enjoy their company and that’s what helps with the active side of angling. It’s more physical than you might imagine getting to the waterside, getting set-up and even all the pace and movement involved in fishing gets tiring. After a busy day of fishing you can feel like you’ve had quite a workout, but I’ll never tire of encouraging other people to discover the health and wellbeing that fishing can bring to their life.
I can honestly say that I’d recommend all other females get out on the bank and give it a go too.”
Project Manager, Get Hooked on Fishing North West