Women’s Carp Team England member Aimee Eaton encourages domestic abuse survivors to discover angling

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Sep 5, 2020

Top angler Aimee Eaton, who secured a coveted place on the Women’s England Carp Team this year, has spoken about how fishing has helped her recover after experiencing harrowing domestic abuse that saw her perpetrator jailed for five years and 10 months in December 2021.​

In doing so, Aimee, who is a campaign champion for the Angling Trust’s We Fish As One inclusivity campaign, hopes to encourage other victims of domestic violence to come forward and to consider angling as a therapeutic hobby as they heal.

She has also praised the sport and her friends in the angling community for providing support to develop tools throughout her life that have enabled her to ‘find peace’ and help maintain her sense of identity in her recovery, as part of an interview with the Press Association that you can read here. Taking stock of her achievements, Aimee says:

“Sharing my story with the Angling Trust and speaking up on behalf of victims of those who perpetrate domestic abuse has been a cathartic experience that has helped me realise my resilience and strength.”

“I am a passionate advocate for inclusivity in angling and by supporting each other and telling our stories we can bring the life changing benefits of fishing to as many people as possible from all backgrounds.”

Aimee will be working with women’s groups as part of the We Fish As One campaign to provide new community outreach opportunities for women to begin their fishing journeys.

Before then, she has a job to do bringing home the trophy for the Women’s England Carp team, following the excitement of the Women’s Euros win. She continues:

“I’m so excited to be joining my teammates, along with our coaching team including Rob Hughes and Bev Clifford at the championships this year at what is a watershed moment for societal shifts in championing women’s excellence in sport.”

“I hope that by breaking the taboo around issues that affect women in our communities we can work together so everyone has the opportunity to experience the life-changing benefits of angling.”
Aimee is supporting the Angling Trust’s ‘We Fish As One’ community inclusivity campaign that promotes the life changing benefits of fishing.

The Angling Trust’s We Fish as One campaign – #WeFishAsOne

Capitalising on the recent interest in angling during and since Covid lockdowns, the campaign promotes the sport’s community building opportunities, mental health benefits and consistently strong safeguarding record. Angling has a unique and timely offering to address key insights that speak of ongoing barriers to inclusivity. Currently just 7% of people who fish identify as an ethnic minority and a recent OnePoll survey for the Angling Trust revealed that 1 in 20 (6%) respondents said they didn’t feel represented in angling based on their gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity or culture. Seven We Fish as One pilot sites across England have been identified as places to generate community partnerships, with particular focus given to: Women, parents and carers, ethnic minority groups, young people, disabled people, LGBT+ communities and those with long-term health conditions. The Angling Trust’s We Fish as One campaign is duel funded by Sport England through it’s Uniting the Movement vision and the Environment Agency through rod fishing licence income.
For more information on the We Fish as One campaign please visit www/anglingtrust.net/getfishing/we-fish-as-one


The Angling Trust’s ‘Get Fishing’ campaign is proudly supported by
Shakespeare, Exclusive Tackle Partner and Angling Direct, Exclusive Retail Partner
as we all work towards getting more people fishing, more often.

The Get Fishing campaign to get more people fishing more often is funded by the Environment Agency from fishing licence income as part of the National Angling Strategic Services contract with the Angling Trust, and Sport England. Children under 13 do not need a licence, and licences for children aged between 13 and 16 are free but you still need to register and receive a licence in order to go fishing. You can get a licence for the full year, for 8 days (ideal for holidays!) or just a day’s fishing.

NOTE: Although young children who are under 13 year old do not need a licence to fish, the person supervising them needs the proper fishing licence to take hold of the rod or to help the child fish with it.


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