Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest Winners Announced - 2012
McGuinty Government Promotes Fishing And Conservation To Young People
Ontario is encouraging young people to learn about Ontario's native fish species, their habitats and conservation measures that help protect them through the annual Kids' Fish Art Contest.
This year's winners, announced at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, are:
- Yoo Bin Kang from Ottawa - overall winner and winner for the grade 10 to 12 category
- Rae Tang from Markham - winner of the grade 7 to 9 category
- Eli Mathew from Waterloo - winner of the grade 4 to 6 category
All of the winners chose to portray the brown trout in their artwork. Each of the winners will have their art featured on three different versions of the 2012 Young Angler's Licence, a free fishing licence for youth under the age of 18.
Each winner receives classroom supplies from Staedtler-Mars and a complete set of fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works.
For being the overall winner, Kang also receives a four-day fishing excursion provided by Red Pine Wilderness Lodge, a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing Television Show host Italo Labignan and rail travel to the lodge from Ontario Northland.
- 370 young Ontarians entered this year's Kids' Fish Art Contest. The contest is open to Ontario students in grades four to 12.
- Kid's Fishing Days, organized by the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows and supported by the Ministry of Natural Resources, encourages young Ontarians to get outdoors and fish with their families. In 2011, Kid's Fishing Days events provided 3,800 rod and reel kits to youth across the province.
“Teaching youth about conservation is one of the best things we can do to help ensure future generations will respect and enjoy the vast array of natural resources this province offers. I'd like to congratulate these young people on their commitment to conservation and their artistic achievements.”