Terry Moseley is the founder of the British Disabled Angling Association (BDAA) which was founded in 1996 to help develop opportunities for people with disabilities to access the sport of angling.
In the early days the Registered National charity had just 18 eager members on its books, so popular was the demand that in just 8 years the membership has grown to a staggering 22,000 with calls from all over the globe requesting help and advice for all sorts of information on how people with disabilities regardless of how sever can go fishing.
The BDAA has now secured a respected position within angling and government to become a representative body for all disability issues, the organisation is inclusive and empowers disabled people into its management structure to offer the very best in advice, support and events.
So what do they actually do, the list is endless. BDAA offer a fully supportive National networking approach where they organise events, Introduction to fishing road shows, Professional angling Coaching, Access advice, competitions, children’s days, community and residential visits, specialised equipment and so much more. Authorities use the BDAA to offer advice on how angling can improve its environment and give more open opportunities for people with disabilities to access the sport.
Its founder Terry Moseley has been an international angler representing England in the World Championships six times, winning two Bronze medals abroad and one Gold National medal at home, with a list of other angling achievements including becoming a qualified level 2 angling coach despite having Multiple Sclerosis and being a wheelchair user for 15 year. In the UK 54,000 disabled people hold a fishing licence in the, of whom 1,000 fish competitively and the majority for pleasure, and he firmly believes that many more would fish if they realised the possibilities. BDAA want to inform people how accessible angling is becoming an activity which has no discrimination regardless of your disability, gender or age you can just visit the outdoors in a healthy environment just for enjoyment or competing up to national level or World level”.
The BDAA is funded by public donations & disability project funded by the Environment agency and English Federation of Disability Sport; we have 22,000 members who it provides free membership to ensuring that we reach the maximum number of people with minimal cost. The charities activities include advising fisheries & local authorities on access, and produced a booklet on how to improve access and platform design, Inclusive Angling; the booklet explains how to create accessible pathways, platforms and car parking areas, and the extra services that make fisheries inclusive for anglers with disabilities.
Just as important the booklet is supported by the Specialised Equipment guide another BDAA booklet lists ways of getting round a range of problems. It includes equipment for Wheelchair users, Amputees, Stroke, Head injuries, Visual and other disabilities helping them to find an alternative activity to the mainstream, from rod-holders to audible and flashing-light bite-indicators for people with sensory impairments; from wheelchair accessory frames to remote controlled reels imported from the USA.
The BDAA caters for disabled coarse, sea and game anglers. Has its own salmon fishing rights on the River Doon in Ayrshire Scotland, offer help for disabled people who want to try specimen angling, sea fishing aboard the adapted