The AFTA Patron is an Honorary position bestowed upon an individual in recognition of their meaningful history of Association with AFTA and the sharing of AFTA’s values. Whilst the AFTA Patron status will lend credibility and support to AFTA it will not carry any governance responsibilities or liabilities for the Patron. AFTA Patrons are by appointment of the Board, confirmed at the AFTA AGM each year with existing AFTA Patrons automatically reappointed.
Managing Director - Shimano Australia
Immediate Past President
Industry Experience: 40 + years
Enjoying most sports Colin is a big fan of AFL, NRL, Cricket, Horse Racing and has been involved in a Junior Indigenous program for the past 10 years+ which is now called Shoreline. His quest in life is to prepare and cook the perfect steak and he plays around with Dry Aging Meat, Sous Vide and Reverse Searing Steaks. Fishing is always and has always been a part of Colin’s life.
The AFTA Ambassador is an Honorary position by appointment of the Board bestowed upon an individual who will represent AFTA at selected forums. The AFTA Ambassador appointment is offered to a person who believes in AFTA’s mission, goals, and values and is willing to share it with others and represent AFTA at meetings where their skill set is best utilised, advocating on behalf of AFTA.
Director - The Fishing Connection, Hobart
Represents AFTA: TARFish – Tasmanian Association for Recreational Fishing – Board Member
Industry Experience: 40 + years
When not fishing: Stephen enjoys being around family and watching the mighty Tigers!!
STEVEN 'TRELLY' THRELFALL
Director - Trelly's Outdoor, Shepparton & Bendigo
Industry Experience: 37+ years
Represents AFTA: Victorian Fisheries Authority, Recreational Fishing Licences Trust Advisory Committee that oversees grants and events that are funded by recreational fishing license fees.
When not fishing: You’ll find Trelly, in the bush with his family or on a hunt. He’s also involved with local water management of wetlands and rivers, advocating for rec fishers and hunters and better water flows around popular fishing times such as Cod and Duck opening and Easter.
General Manager - Red Mullet Distributors
Industry Experience: 17+ years
Represents AFTA: West Australian Rec Family Fishing Alliance (WARFFA)
I have been lucky enough to have formed some great friendships and lifelong relationships with industry members, as a direct result of spending thousands of hours with a phone glued to my ear. When I put the phone down, I juggle family life and my 3 kids with my passion for fishing. Luckily my twin boys also are obsessed with fishing as well, which makes it easier to sneak away most weekends for a fish! I also enjoy remote-location fishing adventures and the more hours offroad the better!
Recreational fishing has many new challenges, and as an industry, we must work together to fight for this fantastic sport and Industry to ensure our voice is heard.
ROXSEAN 'ROCKY' EDWARDS
Sales - Wilson Fishing and Fishing & Outdoor World Darwin
Industry Experience: 9+ years
- Amateur Fishermen’s Association of the Northern Territory (AFANT) – Board Member
- NT Recreational Fishing Advisory Committee (RFAC) which includes the NT Recreational Fishing Development Plan working committee
- NT Offshore Net and Line Advisory Group (ONLAG) and the NT Aquarium Fishery Management Advisory Committee (AFMAC)