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The Angling Trust are delighted to announce the support of our two latest ambassadors - Hassan Khan and Marina Gibson.
Marina is already an active ambassador for the prestigious Orvis fishing company, Atlantic Salmon Trust and Fishing For Schools. She is on the ‘Ure Salmon Group’ committee where she volunteers to support and help fundraise for the River Ure conservation projects and hatchery.
A certified ‘Fly Fishers International’ (CI) Instructor and 1st4sport Level 2 coach, Marina is also a freelance writer who hosts trips worldwide and guides in the UK. She competed in her first World Championships in 2018 in Millom. She made the finals for both the Women’s Spey events, ending up in 4th place for both and currently holds the UK record for Ladies 15′1″ Spey distance with a total of 79.5m.
Marina is Founder of the Northern Fishing School and through this wants to introduce as many peo-ple as possible to the magic of fishing – whatever their age – as the fun, affordable, perfect antidote to stress and the best way to escape the daily grind.
Marina is clear about why she is supporting the Angling Trust: “I feel privileged to be working with the Angling Trust who are at the forefront of improving fish welfare and campaigning for a better and healthier aquatic environment, as well as promoting the sport to newcomers. As an ambassador who is passionate about getting more people fishing and outdoors, my main focus will be work-ing together with the Angling Trust to introduce more people to the sport and the great outdoors, as well as partnering up to offer free fishing days for charities.”
Mark Owen, Head of Freshwater for the Angling Trust, commented: “Marina is having an exceptional career as an angler and is well known for her involvement in protecting and growing our sport - in particular her ambition for the Northern Fishing School and the impact she is trying to have for fishing. We are very proud to have Marina as an ambassador and look forward to working with her even more in the future to get more people into fishing.”
Hassan Khan has been a keen angler for 25 years, starting off coarse fishing on the canals, lakes and rivers of Leicestershire with his dad before progressing to match fishing. Next came fly fishing, which saw Hassan test his skills - self-taught, no less - on Midlands reservoirs such as Eyebrook, Thornton and Rutland Water.
Once he had got his driving licence, Hassan began fishing for big carp at venues all over England, in-cluding Bluebell Lakes, Stanwick Lakes and Ringstead Carp Fishery. His current UK PBs stand at 52lb 4oz for mirror carp and 41lb 5oz for common carp.
When he’s not chasing carp, Hassan enjoys lure fishing for pike and perch and heading abroad to try his luck with more exotic species, such as marlin, sailfish, Nile perch and Mekong catfish.
In 2014, Hassan became presenter at CARPology, the world’s largest carp fishing media group. He has also worked on several other presenting projects including the BT Sport British Carp Cups and the episode of Fishing TV’s Carp Wars entitled ‘Harry’s Story’. Hassan now heads up Angling Direct's social media marketing.
Hassan and Angling Direct have recently worked in partnership with the Angling Trust to train 20 angling coaches with bursary support from the Angling Improvement Fund, which is funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income. Once qualified and licensed, these coaches will offer expert advice and coaching opportunities to Angling Direct customers and support to the Angling Trust ‘Get Fishing’ campaign to recruit new and lapsed adult anglers back to the sport.
Hassan said: “Angling has given me so much throughout my life, I'm extremely privileged and fortu-nate to have a career within the industry. In my opinion every angler has a responsibility to protect and promote our beautiful sport to ensure its secure future. Supporting the Angling Trust is a key part of this for me as collectively working together we can achieve much more, all for the wider and greater benefit of angling as a whole.”
Clive Copeland, Head of Participation for The Angling Trust, who worked with Hassan and Angling Direct on the recent coaching project commented: “Anyone who knows Hassan will be aware of his dynamic personality and of his passion and enthusiasm for everything angling related. The Angling Trust is incredibly pleased that Hassan has agreed to become an ambassador and use his considerable influence to support our work to increase participation and to protect the future of our sport. I’m really looking forward to working with him to achieve these important objectives.”