Month: October 2013

Kate and SJ in action at the Gateshead U20 qualifier

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Congratulations to Kate Daykin, with her latest strong performance this year in taking 3rd place in Gateshead at the weekend.  SJ Hampson also showing continuous improvement making her first last 8 of the season and finishing 7th overall.  This was the latest in British Fencing’s qualifying events towards European and World junior championship selection next year.

Eve heads to Sydney


Assistant coach Eve Sauer (far left), pictured here with the rest of the Salle Ossian coaching team has taken up the job of assistant coach at the largest fencing club in Australia.  Sydney Sabre Centre is a dedicated fencing salle and also accommodates Leon Paul Australia.  All of us at Salle Ossian wish her all the very best for this exciting opportunity.

Scotland U15 qualifier

Scottish Fencing are taking a full U15 squad to Poland in March and are selecting from the best two results from three qualifying events. The first qualifiers held in Edinburgh saw two of Salle Ossian’s finest battle it out in the final to take gold (Sam) and silver (Toby). Both medallists pictured here with Sam’s brother and YDS u12 leader Rory.

Meet head coach Prof. Phil Carson


Prof. Carson BA(Hons), MBA, BAF, has been involved in fencing for over 30 years and has been coaching since 1986.  He is a full three weapon diploma master with the British Academy of Fencing (BAF) and as well as our principal coach, is also currently head coach at St. Andrews University and Director of Fencing at Strathallan School.  He has worked mainly with junior fencers and has guided many of them on to Scotland and Great Britain youth fencing teams.

Phil honed his coaching skills via the BAF and travelling extensively to study some of the best coaches in Russia, Hungary and the USA.  As a result, his club in London became one of the strongest sabre fencing clubs in the UK.  And since 2006 he has continuously coached fencers on to the GB junior and cadet World and European Championships teams.

As a result of his successes, in 2012 he decided to become a full time coach.  After a short time in Sydney helping to set up the coaching and performance programmes in what is now the largest fencing club in Australia, he headed to Scotland to start a grassroots sabre fencing programme in Perthshire.