Rory Mclellan won the 2019 British Cadet Championships at Sportsdock in London for the second year running.
He had a great day out showing his full recovery and improvement since his injury fencing in Germany last year. Winning all his preliminary bouts he was seeded 5th out of 64 of the best fencers in the UK.
He improved all day with an impressive 15-4 semi-final wins and emphatic 15-7 win in the final.
This result sets him up nicely for GB international selection over the next few months.
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!!