The fishy gods tipped their fins towards us on the weekend of the 31st March/1st April, with beautiful sunshine and warm temperatures for our annual assessment event.
This year we held the event on the daffodil-lined banks of the Tay above Perth. What a wonderful setting it proved to be with leaping salmon competing against hatching March Browns and rising trout to distract candidates and assessors alike.
A stiff breeze quartering across the stream meant it wasn't all plain sailing, and candidates had to think carefully about how best to demonstrate their skills to the assessors.
Once again we were delighted to welcome AAPGAI masters Paul Little and Clive Mitchelhill as our lead assessors for the weekend. Our relationship with AAPGAI continues to strengthen and we value their input and advice. Thanks guys.
Successful candidates for the weekend are Hamish Young and Kevin Muir. Congratulations to both of them, and welcome to the fold! These guys put in excellent performances, demonstrating just how much work and dedication they've put in over the last six months.
Commiserations to those candidates that didn't make it this time around. Despite not getting through this year, everyone said they had and thoroughly enjoyed the course and assessments. We know it's a challenge to pass and we do have high expectations, but either way we aim for everyone to finish the course with more and better fishing skills and a wider and deeper knowledge of the sport. It was great to hear people say that they'll be back next year, more determined than ever to get their certificate.
Thanks to everyone involved in making this event a success.
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Chairman – SANA SGAIC Committee.