Gad’s Hill GCSE student James Slater, 16, will represent his country in the Angling World Championships in October, after winning gold at the Home Nations final this summer.
James, from Hartley, and his Junior squad finished top of the league tables in the national tournament in Ireland and will go on to compete against teams from all over the world in the five day international tournament in Italy.
The Junior anglers were commended on their outstanding work rate and team work and celebrated with England’s Men’s and Youth squads, who were also ranked first.
A member of the England Junior shore fishing squad, James caught his first fish when he was just three-years old while boat fishing with his dad and grandad.
Last year James was elected ‘Apprentice of the Freemen of the River Medway’, a seven year internship studying the history of the Guild and good practice and byelaws of the river.
James spends a lot of his free time afloat the Medway and Thames on-board his family fishing boat ‘3 Amigos’.
Gad’s Head of Senior School Mr Jack Tyler, said: “Everybody at Gad’s is very proud of James’ achievements.
“In a critical year for his studies, he has managed school work and revision and his lifelong passion for fishing very well. We wish him the best of luck for the forthcoming competitions and of course his impending exam results!”
The Shore Angling World Championship will be held in the Latina, Sabaudia and Terracina regions of Italy from 12-19 October 2019.