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Suzuki GB The Trust is delighted to have Suzuki GB sponsor the award. Their input undoubtedly helps raise the award's profile and encourages more fisheries to provide suitable access and facilities.
“Suzuki is pleased to support the Wheelyboat Trust and the work they do in ensuring the sport of fishing is available to all anglers.”
- Marine Division Sales & Marketing Manager George Cheeseman
Sponsored by Suzuki GB, the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award has been created by the Trust in memory of its Founder President who died in November 2002. It is an annual award and goes to the game fishery that, in the judges' opinion, provides disabled anglers with the most outstanding service, facilities, opportunities and access.
The Trust is delighted to announce that Bushyleaze Trout Fishery in Gloucestershire has won this year’s Alan Faulkner Memorial Award – a national award recognising efforts to support the needs of disabled anglers across the UK.
Created in memory of the Trust’s Founder President, the award is presented annually to the game fishery that provides disabled anglers with the most outstanding service, facilities, opportunities and access. This is the twelfth year of the awards, and also coincides with The Wheelyboat Trust’s 30th anniversary.
The Trusts’ Alan Faulkner Memorial Award was presented at this year’s CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire on Friday 18th July by Chris Ogborne. The prize, a 4hp outboard motor provided by the award’s sponsors, Suzuki GB, was presented by Steven Foy, Suzuki’s Southern Area Sales Manager. Tim Small, Bushyleaze’s owner, received the outboard and a framed certificate.
Andy Beadsley, CEO of The Wheelyboat Trust, explains more: “We’ve had a really strong shortlist this year for the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award, but Bushyleaze’s fantastic facilities and ease of access, plus their committed staff, gave them the edge over the other shortlisted candidates. It has been great to see so many fisheries vying to win the award, reflecting the excellent work that fisheries are undertaking to ensure anglers with disabilities are welcomed and given the same opportunities as their able-bodied counterparts.”
Bushyleaze Trout Fishery bought their first Wheelyboat 10 years ago after holding a celebrity fishing day to raise the necessary funds, and with grants from The Sports Council, the Environment Agency and others. The boat is free to use on their 22 acre spring-fed lake and the fishery offers disabled access from the car park right the way to the boat’s boarding point.
The announcement of the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award winner was held at the CLA Game Fair House of Fishing, where the theme this year was ‘achievable fishing’, fitting neatly with the criteria The Wheelyboat Trust use to judge the award. Accessibility and suitability including toilet facilities, parking and staff attitude are all part of the assessment criteria, all of which are essential to ensure fishing is achievable for disabled anglers on the same terms as able-bodied anglers.
The Trust is delighted that Suzuki GB have generously sponsored the award again this year with the main prize of a 4hp 4-stroke outboard, worth £980. The Suzuki small outboard range, from 4 to 15 horsepower, has attracted a strong following amongst anglers, due to the quiet running, low emissions and 4-stroke fuel economy. In common with the rest of the 2hp to 300hp range, they offer excellent value for money.
As Beadsley concludes: “We really value Suzuki’s ongoing support and appreciation of the Wheelyboat Trust. Suzuki understand what the award hopes to achieve and their backing has helped the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award become one of the sought after titles in the angling and game fishing community.”