East Devon fencers triumph at Glastonbury

21:50 03 July 2014

The Dunstan fencers

The Dunstan fencers


Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club’s young fencers bring back gold and silver medals from Glastonbury!

Kenan Palmer, a pupil at Bassetts Farm Primary, Exmouth, won the gold medal in the Under-11 boys foil.

The youngster was seeded second after the poules in a group of 12 and he went on to win his elimination bouts 10-4, 10-7 and 10-6.

He combined good point control with well timed simple attacks, keeping his cool against some stiff and determined opposition.

Alexis Jouan who attends Isca College, Exeter, was unlucky not to reach the top in the Under-13 boy’s foil – an unfavourable refereeing decision in the final costing him the gold.

He won all but one of his other bouts and took home a silver medal.

Both boys have represented the South West in the British Youth Championships’ held each year in Sheffield.

Coach Val Morrish was delighted with the day. She said: “I’m so pleased with how our club members fenced. They are all highly competitive, skilful and thoughtful, but still able to win with grace, and lose with dignity.”

In the Open event Finn Manning, who attends Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, was placed a very creditable fourth overall, competing against many of the west-countries top adult fencers.

Coach Val Morrish said: “Finn’s strength is the speed and accuracy of his riposte. He can observe and analyse his opponents in the course of a bout and adapt his tactics accordingly.”

Some of the fencers took advantage of the trip to Glastonbury to climb the Tor, as a warm-down.

Morrish remarked: “It hasn’t changed much since my last visit - in 1956!”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Sidmouth Herald visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Sidmouth Herald staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Sidmouth Herald account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories


Sidmouth’s Under-15 indoor team have made a flying start to a new competition being held at the Devon Cricket Centre.

Read more

Sidmouth Cricket Club are looking for anyone interested in becoming an umpire or scorer for the club we have many midweek games that need filling for both umpiring and scoring and the occasional Saturday/Sunday fixture, writes Anthony Griffiths.

Read more

Beer Albion were no match for Topsham Town on Saturday as they went down 3-1 to the current champions at the Furzebrake on Saturday, writes Richard Honnor.

Read more

East Budleigh Chess Club has entered three team competitions for the coming season, writes, Brian Gosling.

Read more
Yesterday, 18:30

Budleigh Salterton Games Club is holding an open day on Saturday, November 5.

Read more
Mon, 13:09

Lyme Regis Gig Club held their AGM at which they looked back on a hugely successful year, in which new records were set in what was their best season to date, writes Tony Ford.

Read more
Friday, October 21, 2016

The Cabbage Patch 10 is a highly professional race, writes Terry Bewes.

Read more
Friday, October 21, 2016

The Aylmer Cup was the prize at Sidmouth Golf Club on Saturday, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Friday, October 21, 2016

This week’s Charles Stanley Monday Stableford winner with 42 points was Vernon Ruffle, again scoring really well after his great October medal win, writes John Barnard.

Read more
Friday, October 21, 2016

Ottery St Mary went out of the Firewatch Devon Senior Cup when beaten 5-0 by Witheridge Reserves.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications