2009 – Anne Doherty (East Coast)

Anne grew up in Kentucky, New Hampshire, and Germany, in a family who valued independence, creativity and self direction. She was a 1980 Thomas J Watson Fellow, spending two years in Ecuador and Nepal, living with and studying the cultures of the high Andes and the Himalaya.

She began spearfishing in Rhode Island in 1995, at the suggestion of her fishing partner, Phil Stevens. After shooting numerous Tautog, she shot her first striper, a 15lber, in 1996. She won her first Women’s National Championship in 1998, was fifth place (men’s division) in 2005. She competed on the Women’s team in the 2004 World Championships in Iquique Chile. She was the first female to win the IUSA (now USoA) ‘Athlete of the Year’ award in 2009, after she won her fourth women’s national title. She is the first female diver to win any of the North Atlantic Open meets, and was the 2013 North Atlantic Champion. She is a former world record holder for Women’s Striped Bass, and currently holds the women’s world record for Bluefish, speared off Pete Papathanasiou’s boat. She owes much of her competitive success to John Warnock, and sincere gratitude to her mentors and dive partners- Phil Stevens and Rene Rojas. She is looking forward to diving the World Freshwater Spearfishing Championships in Lake Mead this year with Savannah McGuire.

Representing the spearfishing community in the Rocky Mountain Region since 2008