Thursday, October 10, 2013
Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club were represented by young fencers at all three weapons, foil, epee and sabre, at the Wellington Age Group Championships last weekend.
The youngest of the winners was 9-year-old Eleanor Mills who returned with a silver medal for her efforts.
Finn Manning and Alexis Jouan won silver and bronze respectively in the Under-13 age group, then went on to compete in the Under-15 competition and U15 group in the afternoon and both finished in the same places, bringing home four medals and four chocolate lollies!
The results from the epee and sabre competitions affected national rankings, and top competitors from around the South West were attracted to the event.
Harry Gordon was delighted to win bronze in the Under-15s with some thoughtful fencing and by keeping his point accurately on the target.
Ollie Manning met some stiff competition in the Under-11sabre event, and was disappointed with his final position.
He fenced well, and learnt lots of lessons both from his fencing and by seeking advice from coaches from other clubs. In addition, they both received chocolate lollies!
In other club news, coaches have recently returned from British Fencing’s Coaching Conference held in plush surroundings at Sandown Racecourse, and two other coaches attended a week long course during the summer at Millfield School near Street.
Grace Williams has returned from University to add her experience as a top level fencer.
Williams was selected for the University 5 Nations fencing team, and was recently placed 13th at the Bristol Open, the first of the season’s major GB competitions. Sadly, no chocolate lollies were awarded!
The Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club aims to provide an up-to-date experience for all its members. They also now have a facebook page with all club details.
For anyone interested in trying out fencing, or for experienced fencers looking for some friendly sparring, the club meets every Thursday at the Sidmouth Sport Centre.