Kate is 22 years old, from Dalgety Bay in Scotland and has been fencing since she was seven. She has won multiple Scottish, British and Commonwealth Championships and is the current British University and British U23 Champion and a regular member of the Scottish and GB Teams.
Having now completed her degree at Heriot Watt University, she decided to train full time, aiming towards the 2024 Olympics. She is also working as a community coach, delivering health and fitness sessions in schools and to community groups with special needs.
It’s a huge commitment for Kate and family. For example, in the last few months of the season she will be competing at the European U23 Championships in Plovidiv, the Senior European Championships in Dusseldorf and the World University Games in Naples. She has also been selected for the senior World Championships in Budapest, the first Scottish woman for over 20 years!
Despite her success, what you may not know, is that for an aspiring athlete like Kate, there is no national funding. She has to cover not only my own costs, but also those of my coach and any officials who have to travel with me to these events. As well as support from her family and her club, Kate has to raise £5,000 each year to cover the cost of competing and representing Scotland and GB.
Kate is typical of the talent and determination we strive for at Salle Ossian. If you’d like to support our club efforts, please get in touch.
Well done to our U13 girls for their clean sweep of the competition. Also a big mention for young Rosie Shaw who just missed out on the medals and was fencing up an age-group.
Magnificent performances by Josh Bryden took him through to the semi-finals of the prestigious Riposta Cup. Held in Bucharest each year, this event attracted over 50 fencers from across Eastern Europe and China. Josh is the first Scot to make the journey. He won all his poule fights and progressed as the no.3 seed, eventually winning the bronze medal.
Well done to Sam Freeman and Rory McLellan on their selection on to the GB team for the World Championships in Torun, Poland on 7th April 2019. Both boys have impressed selectors with their high quality international fencing in the past few months and it’s a great honour indeed for Salle Ossian Fencing Club to take two of the three places available to GB fencers for what is the highest accolade in GB youth fencing. We wish them every success!
Salle Ossian fencers sweep the board at this year’s Scottish Youth Championships.
Mark Alvarez wins the u20 event for the fourth year in a row – and he still has another year to go. He is flanked here by Ewan and Rory who took bronze medals.
In the women’s u20 event Ariana Serafinceanu won a surprise final against the GB no.3. And well done to Charlotte and Caitlin on their bronze medals.
The boys u15 Champion is Hendrix Knight. A terrific achievement for this hard working young man. And well done to Finn on a magnificent silver medal.
The girls u13 Champion is Lucia Honor, but it was a clean sweep for Salle Ossian ladies with medals for Honor, Sophia and Eve.
And last but not least, Miller Hetherington is the Scottish U/13 boys Champion, with team mates Oisin and Hugo taking silver and bronze.
Great job everyone! Let’s keep this going!!
2018 was the best year in Salle Ossian’s short history, but it’s nothing compared to the blast of activity, ambition and hard work by our athletes at the start of 2019.
On international duty, Jess Corby, Kate Daykin, Sam Freeman, Rory Mclellan, Ewan Robertson and Charlotte Wilson-Smith were travelling the globe, representing GB at senior, under 20 and under 17. Jess had an impressive outing in Salt Lake City, USA winning against a strong Mexico at the Senior World Cup team event. Meanwhile Sam Freeman takes a season best in Grenoble, France to ensure his place at the World Cadet Championships in Poland in April.
Closer to home, young Josh Bryden has been competing around the UK on the Leon Paul Junior Series where he has medalled at the first two events of the year, winning the Stratford event and taking the silver in a close 9-10 final in London.
Meanwhile Kate Daykin became the British U23 Champion with her strongest performance at this event, earning automatic qualification to represent GB at the European U23 Championships coming up in March in Poland.
Our younger fencers continue to dominate the Youth Development Series and Oisin, Hugo, Miller, Hendrix, Eve, Honor and Lucia have all been selected to represent Scotland at the Challenge Wratisavia under 15 event in Poland in March.
What a start to what promises to be an amazing year!
The Scottish Secondary Schools Championships were held in Linlithgow on Saturday 25th November 2018. This is one of the largest on the youth calendar and the most prestigious for schools.
In the sabre events, Salle Ossian fencers dominated in all the age groups entered and some fantastic performances from our newer members. Well done to everyone. Our new Scottish Schools Champions 2018 are:
Under 14 girls, Lucia Paul (with her sister Honor taking silver).
Over 14 girls Champion is Charlotte Wilson-Smith.
Special mention in the under 14 boys to Oisin Lyndsay-Dorward, 11, who has been fencing since February and worked incredibly hard all day to take silver medal – punching well above his weight.
The over 14 boys event was won by Rory McLellan, with his team mate Hendrix Knight coming second.
And last but not least, the senior boys event was won in extraordinary style with a very determined 15-0 win by Sam Freeman.
Well done to all the competitors and our thanks go to the organisers, officials and many volunteers who made it a cracking event.