Mark Youngman

Team Manager/Reserve

Mark lives at Relbia near Launceston, Tasmania and caught his first trout on a dry red tag fly on the St Patricks River at the age of 14 and has been hooked ever since. Favourite spots are the Cowpaddock and Lillies sections of Arthurs Lake and Little Pine Lagoon at dun time both situated in the Central Highlands of Tasmania.

He enjoys fishing the many rivers near home including the Liffey, St Patricks, Meander, Mersey, North and South Esk. He has fished for Australian Teams in Rotorua, Drymen and the Isle of Islay, Scotland.

Happily married to Genevieve and has two lovely daughters, Amelia (19) and Charlotte (16), with lots of netball and equestrian.

Tim Urbanc


Tim started fishing aged 13 having grown up in Tasmania. During the 1990s he started guiding anglers and learners at the world famous London Lakes Lodge in Tasmania. Tim started competition fishing in 1996 and won the Australian Championships in 2000. He has since competed in the Australian World Team in England in 2000 and Sweden in 2001. He so fished in the Oceanic Championships in 2006 in New Zealand. More recently he was part of the Australian team competing in the inaugural World Masters Championships in Chile in 2014. this is his first time in a Commonwealth Team and he is looking forward to meeting other competing teams in Northern Ireland in 2018

Janis (John) Kruska


John lives in Melbourne, Victoria and is representing Australia for the first time. He has been fly fishing for 15 years, the last 10 in competition fishing and is a qualified casting instructor. He also loves saltwater fly fishing for giant trevally, queen fish and barramundi and his favourite place is Lucinda in North Queensland, south of Cairns.

His parents originally moved to Wodonga on the mighty Murray River from Latvia. John particularly loves fishing Australian waters and has also been to Christmas Island bone fishing.

(As a note he was bitten by a Tiger snake in the last Tasmanian lake competition, he was quickly helicoptered to Hobart Hospital from the Central Highlands. He is lucky to have survived and is ok.)

Craig Shipton


Craig, started fishing since the age of about 6 on my parents farm, only took up fly fishing in the 1990's by teaching myself from Gary Borgers videos. Started competition fishing in 2009, Where i have had 3 top 15 finishes at the Australian flyfishing National Championships best finishing 2nd in 2016. Also love salt water fishing where i compete in Game Fishing Comps.


Grant Flowers


Always been a keen fisher of all forms. Took up fly fishing about 15 years ago and competition a couple of years later. Represented Australia only once at Oceania’s 2009, best competition result Australian Nationals 2010 finished 3rd. love saltwater fly fishing. Happily  Married with 3 boys, live at Montana in Tasmania. Self-employed Mechanic. A high light in my time was guiding the Singapore Team before the 2012 Commonwealth championships and the 2013 Australian Nationals when My Son Josh won.

John Fisher


As a competition fly angler I have been lucky enough to represent my country on several occasions on the international arena and enjoy the thought of fishing with and sharing experiences with fellow anglers from around the globe.


I am keen to share in the camaraderie associated with fly fishing with likeminded anglers at the upcoming Commonwealth Championships in Northern Ireland. I must also say I am looking forward to experiencing some of that famous humour and hospitality for which your country is famous.


Lastly and most importantly I am looking forward to experiencing some of the world class fly fishing for which Northern Ireland is renowned. Tight lines everyone, see you soon.

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