Veterans with disabilities enjoy NH weekend bass fishing tournament
MOULTONBOROUGH — A weekend of friendship and fishing on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough ended on Sunday morning as three dozen veterans with disabilities and their families departed Camp Robindel for home.
They gathered Friday evening for the 14th Annual New England Paralyzed and Disabled Bass Fishing Tournament, sponsored by the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America organization and the American Eagle Bass Association. The tournament was held Saturday, followed by an awards dinner, campfire and music.
In announcing the winners, publicity director Lori Chase said two novices – both women – earned prizes in the top four categories. They were Terry Perry, who earned third place with her boat's Capt. Mike Goodspeed and Katrina Quinn, who won a fishing prize in the pontoon boat division, with Capt. Karl Ingoldsby. Tom Blanchette and Capt. Phil Paquette earned first place; Frank Vogeli and Capt. Jimmy Ellis earned second place.
Mike Guibault, the assistant sports and recreation director for the New England Paralyzed Veterans of America, won the "Biggest Fish" category.
Nearly 100 volunteers assisted throughout the weekend. The facility was provided free of charge by camp owner Nat Greenburg. The accommodations and activities are provided to participants free of charge.
Guibault pointed out that the bass fishing tournament is only one of many NEPVA events and activities. The organization hosts or sponsors winter sports clinics, basketball exhibitions, golf and billiards tournaments, and an annual banquet.
According to its website, www.nepva.org, the Paralyzed Veterans of America "was formed in 1946 by World War II spinal cord injured veterans and became a national organization through the unification of several independent organizations of paralyzed veterans throughout," the country.
The New England chapter was founded in 1947.
The nonprofit organization seeks to advocate for paralyzed veterans and individuals with disabilities and has more than 1,000 members, according to its website.