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"hooking up" professional anglers with legally blind men and women.

Ottawa Sun, Canada.
Thursday, May 18, 2006.

Next weekend's Blind Anglers International Tournament (BAIT) at the beautiful Nangor Resort is perhaps the most inspirational fishing event of the year.

The 18th annual event is renowned for "hooking up" professional anglers with legally blind men and women for a weekend of fish, fun and excitement. The tournament's goal is to demonstrate abilities rather than disabilities, and has succeeded in doing so for more than 17 years.

"It is a fabulous opportunity for visually impaired anglers to learn a new skill or to rekindle an old passion, and serves as a mechanism for rehabilitation," said event organizer Al Page.

And what better location to make it all happen than at the exceptionally-groomed Nangor Resort, a short drive from the city in Westmeath. Each year, the event brings together individuals who face similar challenges and encourages a renewed self-confidence among the visually impaired.

BAIT expects a turnout of more than 75 blind and professional anglers on May 26-28, along with countless volunteers from the Lions Clubs, St. John's Ambulance, the CNIB, and the Canadian Guide Dog School.

A tip of the hat goes out to all the professional anglers who selflessly provide their own boat, fuel and fishing equipment and, more importantly, their patience and expertise, to the fabulous tournament. It is great to see how professional anglers and volunteers have come together over the years to make a difference in the lives of the visually impaired participants.

For more information on BAIT contact Page at (613) 323-4646, and for more information on Nangor Resort, contact Barbara Doesburg at:

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