Three Albany volunteers have been honoured at the annual Fishability Awards. Fishability is a not-for-profit organisation that delivers fishing programs and activities for people with disability. John May, Ed Szydlowski and Maureen Hannan all received acknowledgement for their work in getting people with disability hooked on fishing. Mr May and Mr Szydlowski received the Nev Thomas Award, recognising their long-term contribution to the not-for-profit group. The pair run Fishability’s jetty program in Albany. “I love fishing, I love Albany, I love the environment and there’s something about having a rod in your hand and being part of a family that makes you feel a sense of belonging,” Mr Syzdlowski said. “Fishability is Albany at its best.” Maureen Hannan has been bringing her husband down to fish for the past few years. She was one of seven volunteers honoured with the unsung hero award for her work behind the scenes. Mrs Hannan administrates the running of Albany’s jetty program. “It was a big surprise, I wasn’t expecting it,” she said, describing the award as “an honour.” The state Government has committed to ongoing support for the charity, including regional and metropolitan programs. Fisheries and Disability Services Minister Don Punch acknowledged the work of Fishability getting people with disability outdoors and taking part in one of the most popular recreational activities in WA. “Everyone deserves to enjoy the excitement and reward that fishing provides,” he said. “I congratulate this year’s award winners and all Fishability volunteers around WA.” The Albany program is entirely volunteer-run and free for anyone to join. It runs every Friday from 9-11.30 am at Emu Point jetty. Rods and tackle are supplied.