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    Jimmy Lankford Takes Top Spot in PVA Grand National Championship

    Jimmy Lankford Takes Top Spot in PVA Grand National Championship
    To: National and Sports desks
    Contact: David J. Uchic of Paralyzed Veterans of America,

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Jimmy Lankford of Henry,
    Tenn., took top honors in the 2nd Annual PVA Grand National
    Championship, A B.A.S.S. Sanctioned Event. The Grand National
    Championship, a premier national bass fishing championship for
    people with disabilities, was held Feb. 21-23 in Lake Havasu City,

    Presented by the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) and the
    Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau, the Grand National Championship
    represented the culmination of the 2002 PVA National Bass Trail,
    which began in February of 2002. Thirty-five anglers from across
    the United States qualified to fish in the Championship; 25 within
    an open division and 10 within a bank division. They earned their
    way to the Championship as the top finishers in the angler of the
    year standings and from the six events of the 2002 PVA National
    Bass Trail.

    "I've grown up with fishing since childhood, and I have loved
    fishing all my life," stated Lankford. "Being able to fish on the
    PVA National Bass Trail has been fantastic. And having the
    opportunity to compete in and win the Grand National Championship
    is unbelievable."

    Lankford was a mechanic before incurring his T-12-L1 injury in
    1983, which resulted in paraplegia. He continues to work on
    vehicles in his own shop.

    Competing in the open division, Lankford won the competition on
    the final day, after the field was narrowed down to the top five
    anglers. With a final day fish weight of 14.03 lbs., Lankford won
    the tournament by a margin of nearly five lbs. Glen Davis, of Mt.
    Airy, Ga., came in second at 9.05 lbs.

    Lankford won a new Ranger 185 boat with matching Ranger Trailer,
    Mercury 150 h.p. motor and Minn Kota trolling motor for his
    victory. He also won a lifetime membership to B.A.S.S., as well as
    an automatic spot in next year's Grand National Championship to
    defend his title.

    With his victory at the Grand National Championship, Lankford
    also earned a berth in the CITGO BASS Federation Championship(r)
    presented by Busch Beer, scheduled for May 12-17, 2003, on Lake
    Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa, AL. Lankford will be the only wheelchair
    angler to compete at the BASS Federation National Championship(r),
    which includes 52 of the world's best Federation anglers.

    Chris Hudson, of Greenwood, SC, won the bank competition at the
    PVA Grand National Championship on Saturday, February 22. Hudson
    won a Polaris Magnum all-terrain vehicle for his victory.

    The Paralyzed Veterans of America, a veterans service
    organization chartered by Congress, has for more than 55 years
    served the needs of its members, all of whom have catastrophic
    paralysis caused by spinal cord injury or disease. To learn more
    about PVA, visit its web site at

    For more information about Lake Havasu, contact Jennifer Shanks
    at 928-453-3444, or e-mail:, or visit
    the Lake Havasu Tourism Bureau web site at

    Note: Photos available upon request.
    /U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
    02/28 00:00

    Copyright 2003, U.S. Newswire