Lifetime Achievement Award For World Champion

Five times world champion Alan Scotthorne has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition for his record-breaking success.

The Rotherham-based angler, who made history last September by becoming the first man in history to take five individual gold medals at world level, was presented with the prize by the National Federation of Anglers at a ceremony in Barnsley.

Richard Caborn, the MP for Sheffield, was joined by NFA chairman Terry Fell, former England manager Dick Clegg and Alan’s wife, Sandra, to reward Alan for his phenomenal success.

After winning his first world title in 1996, he went to claim the individual crown in 1997, 1998, 2003 and then in 2007 on Lake Velence in Hungary.

"Coming from Sheffield, the city with possibly more anglers than any other, I have had a strong interest in fishing from an early age,” said Richard Caborn MP, who was presented with a 13ft Hardy and Greys Marksman rod in appreciation for his continued efforts on behalf of angling.

“Although I don't participate as much as I would like anymore it was a great honour to present local hero and five times World Champion Alan Scotthorne with his Lifetime Achievement Award.”

While Alan said: “I grew up at the side of a reservoir here in Yorkshire, and spent all of my time fishing, getting out there to practise whenever I could.

“Fishing has been my life and being able to fish for England is the pinnacle of the match fishing world. “It’s nice to think that I could be probably the most successful angler out there at the moment. However I am sure that someone will overtake me at some point,” he added.