Mark Campbell of the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry was out on the water for the first time one week ago. Major Campbell lost his legs above the knee in February of 2008 while out on the front lines in Afghanistan.
Mark entered our program last year in late October, so all of his casting practice has been on a polished concrete floor up until now. While his first “on the water” outing did not result in any fish, Mark was presented with a Sage VT2 6WT fly rod and a Bauer MXP2 fly reel. The rod was donated to Project Healing Waters Canada by Fish Tales Fly Shop in Calgary, Alberta and the reel spooled with line and backing was donated by Brad Janke of Okotoks Alberta.
Mark spent some time learning to wield the new rod and is planning on some more time on the water. As well Mark is going to be heading to Northern Ontario for five days of fishing in a combined effort by Project Healing Waters Inc. and Project Healing Waters Canada with travel for Canadian Soldiers being made possible by Soldier-On.
This is much of what we are all about here at PHWFFC. Everyone working together for the benefit of our Soldiers and for members of our protective services.