Award for fishing accessibility at Rutland Water

From left, Suzuki GB representative Steven Foy, head warden John Seaton, Wheelyboat Trust director Andy Beadsley, fisheries manager Jon Marshall and warden Andy Ainscough
From left, Suzuki GB representative Steven Foy, head warden John Seaton, Wheelyboat Trust director Andy Beadsley, fisheries manager Jon Marshall and warden Andy Ainscough
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A TOURIST attraction has been rewarded for its fantastic disabled fishing facilities.

Rutland Water has been awarded the Alan Faulkner Memorial Award for 2012.

The award, sponsored by Suzuki GB, was created by the Wheelyboat Trust in memory of its founder president who died in 2002 and is given to a game fishery that provides disabled anglers outstanding service, facilities, opportunities and access.

Wheelyboats provide hassle free and independent access for disabled people to enjoy fishing. The ramps and flat deck allow easy access for two anglers and wheelchair users are able to pilot the boat with ease.

The crafts are available during the fishing season at Rutland Water.

Jon Marshall, fishery manager at Rutland Water, said: “Rutland is one of the best trout fisheries in the world and attracts visitors from far and wide who want to get out on and enjoy the water.

“Every day we see disabled anglers, with far ranging types of disability, visiting Rutland to enjoy their sport and other disabled visitors coming to enjoy everything the reservoir has to offer.

“This award is great recognition of our commitment to make sure this picturesque part of the region is accessible to all visitors, and our facilities meet everyone’s needs.”