Partnership With Fishability, Fishers With Disabilities

On Tuesday the 28th November, 2017 it was a gala night of celebration, at the Royal Perth Yacht Club for the 2017 Fishability Volunteers Award Night. Attended, by Volunteers from Fishability Mandurah, and the Mandurah Offshore Fishing & Sailing Club.

The MOFSC was well represented by the Commodore Alvin Letica, Gary Russell-Brown, & Gabi Gaal ,2017  City of Mandurah Senior Sportperson of the year

Gary Russell-Brown has been an instrumental member of the MOFSC in ensuring that one of the objects of our club, “to promote & maintain a mutually beneficial relationship between the Club & its local community” through his passion for fishing. Now, Gary can tell you a tale or two about fishing, but he probably won’t tell you about his passion for ensuring everyone, regardless of their ability, gets the chance to experience the thrill of catching a fish.

The mission of Fishability, Fishers with Disability, is “To enhance the quality of life & self esteem of people with disabilities”, Gary sure knows how to do that!

Gabi Gaal, 2017 City of Mandurah Senior Sportsperson of the year is also a valued member of the MOFSC, fishing is Gabi’s passion too, hence her award this year – what an amazing year Gabi!

The prestigious Fishability – The “2017 Nev Thomas Award” was shared by two very worthy recipients Dee Castillo from Mandurah & John Staples from Perth

Comments attributed to Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly from his speech at the Awards Night:

“Making recreational fishing accessible to people with disabilities brings many rewards for individuals and the community.

“That is why the McGowan Government has delivered on its election commitment to increase funding for the program by 25 per cent to $100,000 annually.

Congratulations to Dee Castillo, John Staples, Gary Russell-Brown & Gabi Gaal & the MOFSC