Team U.S.A. recently announced its new head coach. Paul Bourcq, of Franklin, will be bringing the top six youth anglers from Team USA to the World Championships in Mende, France. This team was able to win a Gold Medal at the worlds in Italy last year, the first time the United States has ever won gold in its 25-year history in the event. Team USA is excited to have Bourcq on board. His experience with non-profit and leadership will allow Team USA to continue to grow.
Before coaching for Team USA Bourcq was a well-respected member and Team Captain of the North Carolina Fly Fishing Team. The NCFFT was the nation’s first non-Profit fly fishing team. Under Bourcq’s guidance, the N.C. Team won the Trout Legend League cup. A premier league featuring 14 of North America’s best competition teams. The N.C. team dominated the points standings.
Bourcq has been competing regularly for four years and has been very successful. As he has grown with the N.C. Team, Bourcq has continued to push the sport and is involved at the grassroots level of several projects pertaining to competition angling and fly-fishing. Along with duties as Captain of Team NC and Head Coach of Team USA Youth, Bourcq also spends time as an advisory board member for Team USA Fly Fishing. [www.ncflyfishingteam.com] and is an FFF Certified casting instructor.
Bourcq is also a Police Officer with the Franklin Police Department. Bourcq credits his work background and lateral thinking with his success in competition fishing.
“In law enforcement they train you to think and adapt quickly in highly tense and rapidly evolving situations. Although it’s not life or death, competitive angling puts pressure on the mind similar to law enforcement. I certainly think that my training and time with the Franklin Police Department have helped improve my success as a competition angler.”
As a native of the area, Bourcq has used the skills he has shaped right here at home and brought them to a world stage. Often overlooked, Western North Carolina is producing some of the top anglers in the country, including Chris Lee-Team USA-Bryson City; Josh Stephens-Team USA-Robbinsville; and Paul Bourcq-Team USA Youth-Franklin.
This weekend’s youth nationals also saw N.C. Youth Team members Hunter Hoffler (2011 National Champion) Andrew Brown, and Hunter Enloe (2012 Silver Medal) make the USA Youth team. This was certainly a powerful qualifier in the argument for the talent being produced in the southeast.
About the team
The United States has competed in the World Championships for 25 years. In competitive angling anglers are assigned beats (sections of water) and are required to fish two, three hour sessions per day. Anglers are required to stay within that beat and catch all of the eligible fish (>20cm) they can in the allotted three hours. More numbers typically equate to a win. Team USA is made up of the top 12 youth anglers ages 14-18. They qualify based on clinics and a National Championship. The most recent Nationals were held this past weekend (June 21- 22) in Cherokee and featured the Nantahala and Raven Fork River.
The N.C. Team has hosted some of the largest tournaments in the country, including the National Championships, Youth National Championships, and the Rumble in the Rhododendron (largest cash payout competition in the country). As a native of Franklin, Bourcq would love to see the area get more involved with fly fishing, the outdoors and competition angling.
“Everywhere we have hosted events have seen huge growth in tourism. With championships coverage, visitors, competitors, and media coverage we are drawing in resources from around the United States and across the world,” said Bourcq. “The southeast is THE spot for competition angling and is regarded as the hot bed for producing new talent. With our track record and the potential for many more competitions Macon County could see a nice bump in direct spending in hotels, restaurants, and shops as more tournaments continue to land in the southeast.”
Connect with Team USA on Facebook by searching for the N.C. Fly Fishing Team on Facebook at North Carolina Fly Fishing Team, http://www.ncflyfishingteam.com/.
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