Sabres have been rattling furiously throughout Perthshire as Salle Ossian Fencing Club has been preparing to send fencers to represent Scotland at the UK School Games in Manchester. Kate Daykin, Jess Corby and Sarah-Jane Hampson who all train at the Perth club were selected to represent Scotland.
This is the 9th UK School Games involving over 1600 athletes who get to come together to experience a multi-sport event, stay in the athletes village and compete for their country. It’s a wonderful initiative and helps prepare youngsters with aspirations to compete at the Commonwealth Games and Olympics.
In the fencing, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland and Wales compete in individual and team events. Scotland has never won the team sabre before, but this year, the Salle Ossian girls did wonderfully with a clean sweep of the medals in the individual event and going on to win team gold in a nail biting final against England. Kate Daykin is this year’s UK School Games Champion, with Jess Corby taking silver and Sarah-Jane Hampson takes the bronze. Together, they ensured Scotland are this year’s UK School Games sabre champions.
And it gets better. In a week of good news, Kate and Jess have both been selected for the senior Commonwealth Fencing Championships to be held at the national sport centre in Largs in November this year.
Salle Ossian Fencing Club runs beginners classes throughout the year in and around Perth. If you have a budding young athlete in the family, you might want to consider fencing, one of the fastest and safest of the Olympic sports and one that boys and girls can train and compete together in. For more details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For many of you starting out on your fencing career you’ll be looking forward to competing with others. There are some great events around like the Youth Development Series run by the Foundation for Scottish Fencing in Scotland, and the Leon Paul Junior Series. If you have been fencing for a year or so, we’ve selected a number of competitions that you might want to think about doing in the forthcoming season. You will have to become a member of Scottish Fencing, but remember, we can supply all the kit you need for the event you are going to.
Youth Development Series Dundee 13/14 September
Highland Open (over 13s) Inverness 25/26 October
Stratford U14 and U12 Stratford 9 November
Youth Development Series Edinburgh 6/7 December
Scottish Open (over 13s) Edinburgh 3/4 January
Stirling Sword (over 13s) Stirling 24/25 January
Youth Development Series tbc 7/8 February
British U17/U20 Champs Sheffield 14/15 February
Edinburgh Open (Over 13s) Edinburgh 14/15 March
Leon Paul Junior Series Durham 29 March
Youth Development Series Dunfermline 18/19 April
British Youth Champs Sheffield 2/3 May
And we are looking for volunteers to help with the organisation of competitions, including driving mini-buses and handling the entry forms and accommodation for fencers. Do get in touch if you want to get involved.
Kate Daykin and Jess Corby are well on their way to securing places on the GB U20 and U17 squads. At the weekend they both made the final tableau of the London u20 qualifier. Kate was narrowly nudged out 14-15 by the eventual winner. Jess also went out 14-15 after a valiant fight back from 9-14 down, but well done on her bronze medal! That should put both of them in a strong position for selection to the international qualification events coming up in France and Poland. We wish them all the best as they train for their goal of making selection to the GB Youth Team for the World and European Championships early in 2015.
We’re working hard to secure the first dedicated training centre for fencing in Scotland when we hope to open 7 days a week. In the meantime, here is our scheduled class list. Don’t forget that as a member of Salle Ossian you are welcome to come to any of the sessions at all our venues.
Monday 3.45-8pm Aberfeldy
Tuesday 2.30-9pm Strathallan School
Wednesday 6.00-9pm Perth High School
Thursday 6.00-9pm Strathallan School
Individual performance training available at all other times.