Inaugural Sport Fishing Council of New Zealand National Championships


The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is hosting the first-ever National Youth Fishing Championships during the April 2022 school holidays.

NZSFC CEO Steven Standford said: “There is growing recognition among schools and Sport NZ that many modern children do not participate in the traditional sports promoted at school.

“As a child, there are increasing levels of physical disparity between children – no one wants to compete with the top ranks of school rugby who weigh as much as the All Blacks packs. And as a parent, most of between us might see for ourselves that our kids are spending too much time in front of their screens in a sedentary lifestyle.”

The event is inspired by the junior members of the NZSFC Youth Committee, a group of enthusiastic members aged 8-16. They wanted to create a tournament that appealed to all levels of fishing skill, be fun and also challenge. for serious competitors.

Fishing is one of New Zealand’s favorite pastimes with over 600,000 kiwis regularly taking part each year and 3,000 young anglers registered with the NZSFC network. It’s a great way for families to bond and teaches lessons in patience, self-reliance and determination.

“NZSFC young anglers are confident, empowered and socially conscious human beings. They are also very environmentally conscious and this translates into a new category of measure and release fishing.

The inaugural National Youth Championships are the first national competition aimed solely at young New Zealanders. There are many youth club competitions and there is a youth section in national championships. However, this is a national youth-only tournament designed by young people.

“Fishing is a real family activity that doesn’t require high physical levels or skills – although some anglers would have you believe they’re super skilled!”

“I was taken on a boat when I was 5, given a rod, shown how to bait a hook and quickly caught a nice sea bream. This started a lifelong interest in fishing which has included wharf fishing for sprats, fly fishing, sturgeon fishing in Canada and good old drift fishing in New Zealand.

For further information please contact Steven Stanford on 021799163 or [email protected]

Background information

The event is open to all young anglers under the age of 18 on April 30, 2022. There are two age categories, 0-12 and 13-17.

Registration fees were kept at a modest $5 for existing NZSFC youth members and $10 for non-members. If non-members accompany a member, their dues are reduced to $5.

For non-members wishing to register, visit your local NZSFC Affiliated Fishing Club or email [email protected] and we will facilitate registration.

The New Zealand Sport Fishing Council is a network of 55 member clubs with 38,500 members. It is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of fishing and the responsible management of the marine environment.

The tournament is sponsored by Daiwa and there are plenty of prizes and trophies for keen tournament anglers and those diving their rods for the first time. There is also a photo section sponsored by Fuji. For more information go to

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