Angler Harry hooks himself a gold medal

A YOUNG angler has not just achieved his dream by fishing for his country, but has also helped England to a gold medal at the home internationals.

Harry O’Neill, from West Worthing, was selected to fish for England and he returned home with a gold medal from Samphire Hoe, Dover, at the start of the month.

The 15-year-old, Sir Robert Woodard Academy pupil competed in a team of five against Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

O’Neill caught nine fish, adding up to 187cm on the first day, to win his section to put England into a silver medal position, just one point behind the Scottish team.

On the second day, he again won his section by catching 12 fish, which added up to 260cm, to help his team-mates to overall victory.

The team were presented their medals by top angler Chris Clarke and O’Neill said: “It’s hard to think my dream has come true and that I fished for my country.

“I found out on our presentation night that I had come first out of all the juniors fishing. I was happy with that, but I was happier with the team as I have always been told there is no I in team.

“It was the experience of a lifetime and I’d like to thank everyone for being so supportive.”