As part of this year’s annual Angling Times National Angling Awards, former World Champion Tommy Pickering has been awarded the coveted ‘Lifetime Achievement’ award!
Antony Grigorjevs & Lloyd Rogers sprung the surprise on Tom around 2 weeks ago having finished filming a feature at Maver Hayfield Lakes for Improve Your Coarse Fishing and, needless to say, was left speechless.
Shortly after receiving the award, Tommy commented:
“I’m a very proud man to have been presented with the Lifetime Achievement’ award by Angling Times. I am absolutely speechless and it’s a very, very proud moment knowing that people in our sport voted for me“.
Tom went on to say:
“Thank you Steve Fitzpatrick and all your staff at Angling Times and IYCF for this award and to all the readers. Not many anglers have won this award but to even be mentioned in the same breath as past winners such as Sir Richard Clegg and Sir John Wilson (well they should be) is an honor“.
“I will remember this for the rest of my life. It has made me feel extremely proud and I cannot tell you how much this means to me so, thank you again everyone concerned for selecting me“.
Tommy has enjoyed a fantastic career and is among one of the most decorated anglers still in the sport. By his own admission, Tommy has always been passionate about team fishing and was first selected to represent England back in 1985 as part of the Float Fishing Championship in Italy – an event Tommy and his England team mates would go on to win becoming the very first England squad to do so. Tommy, of course, would also go on to win the individual World Championships in Bulgaria in 1989.
In 2014, Tommy managed team England to a convincing World Feeder Championship victory for the first time in Ireland. However, above all of his team and individual accomplishments, Tommy rates seeing Emma win the individual Ladies World Championship in 2008 as the most memorable moment of his angling career.
Despite being able to boast such a glittering career, Tommy doesn’t plan to retire his tackle to the shed just yet! When asked what’s next, Tommy confirmed he has set his sights on a number of domestic events including the UK Champs, which he has previously won on three separate occasions, as well as the World Pairs and numerous high profile festivals.
A fantastic achievement for a well deserved winner. From everyone at Maver, well done Tom!