Orange, VA (PressExposure) September 16, 2011 -- Becky Gore has a love and passion for our youth as well as the great outdoors. She has successfully brought the two together throughout the years impacting the lives of kids that have gotten involved with her efforts. A school teacher for close to 40 years, she has coached softball and organized bass clubs and tournaments for kids, as well as taken various awards such as The Orange County Youth Advocate Award, Teacher of the Year and Coach of the Year, just to name a few. She is also the Virginia Director for the Fishing for Kids Organization. Becky will once again be lending her time and efforts on October 2, 2011 as Tournament Director at the Annual Joseph Thomson Memorial Tournament.
Becky explains the purpose of the Joseph Thomson Memorial Tournament is to raise scholarship money in the memory of Joseph Thomson, a young college man who was killed in a tragic car accident in 2006. Joseph was a member of the Orange County High School Anglers in Orange, VA. and after one year he started a club in his own high school in Warren County, VA. He also fished BFL tournaments and the Fishers of Men Tournament Trail. At his death, his family requested expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations in his memory to the JWT Scholarship. That same year the OCHS Anglers sponsored a tournament in the memory of Joseph which has become an annual event. Trophies are awarded and all proceeds beyond expenses are given to the scholarship fund. Four $500 Scholarships are awarded to various outstanding High School and Jr. Anglers.
This year's tournament will blast off from Sturgeon Creek Marina in Spotsylvania, VA. Each team consists of two youth and an adult boat captain. Each youth can weigh in up to four fish and the boat captain can weigh in up to two. Winners are determined in a variety of ways including individually awards, age grouped team awards and big fish awards.