Month: June 2015

New Fencing Classes for Perth this Summer

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Ideal for boys and girls aged 12 and under, why not try something new.  Or if you have fenced a bit already, why not come along and learn the olympic sport of fencing.  It’s fast, exciting and one of the safest sports.  We have the only dedicated training centre in Scotland and provide equipment and coaching around Perthshire.  In less than an hour you will learn the game of fencing and making attacks and defending on olympic fencing pistes and electronic scoring equipment.

We’ll be running new fencing classes in August 2015 when the schools go back, so what a great opportunity to try out and learn a new sport in time for the beginning of the school year.

Full details of the beginners course are here:

SALLE OSSIAN FENCING CLUB

UNIT 4 Riverview Business Park, Friarton Road,

Perth, PH2 8DF

Monday 20th July – Friday 24th July 10am-12pm

A short introduction to fencing for complete beginners or for those who have been fencing for under 2 years.  Suitable for boys and girls.  Cost is £25 for the week, but you can bring a friend for FREE!  All equipment supplied.

Contact coach@salleossian.com, or Call Phil Carson on

www.salleossian.com

Full House at Scottish Youth Championships

Congratulations to our new national youth champions.  Salle Ossian fencers won all of the 6 national sabre champion titles at this years Scottish Youth Championships held at Dunfermline High School.

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Rory Mclellan (far left) won the boys u13 sabre in a tight and nervy competition eventually winning over club mate Sam Freeman, also pictured.  Elsie Llewellyn is the girls u13 sabre champion dominating the competition throughout the day.

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Day two of the championships started well with Jess Corby becoming the u17 girls champion and later taking silver to her team-mate Kate Daykin who is the Scottish u20 sabre Champion.  In the boys events Sam McLellan took both the u17 and u20 titles.  Ethan Llewellyn was 2nd in the u17 event and 3rd in the u20, whilst Toby Carter was 3rd in the u17 event and 2nd in the u20s.  Mark Alvarez was 3rd in the u17s but had to retire owing to a muscle strain.  We wish him speedy recovery.

The Magnificent Seven

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Here is a picture of our seven athletes selected to represent Scotland at the Junior Commonwealth Championships in Cape Town in July.

From left to right – Megan Gouw, Kate Daykin, Mark Alvarez, Sam Mclellan, Jess Corby, SJ Hampson and Toby Carter.  Front and centre is Salle Ossian Head Coach, Phil Carson, who will be travelling with the team as national sabre coach.

Official Opening

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Provost Liz Grant does the honours by cutting the ribbon with a sabre.

Scotland’s first facility dedicated to the Olympic sport of fencing has been opened in Perth on 2nd June 2015.

Since its creation in 2013, Salle Ossian Fencing Club has been one of the fastest growing fencing clubs in Scotland. The club has now taken the ambitious step of securing a permanent space dedicated to the Olympic sport of fencing.

The new facility, which was officially opened by Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant, will help to support the development of elite level fencers allow greater participation in the sport. The national governing body, Scottish Fencing, is supporting Salle Ossian by allowing the club to use the pistes from last year’s Commonwealth Fencing Championships.

Participants in multiple age groups, including senior champions at both national and international levels, fence at Salle Ossian. This year the club is very proud to see 7 of its athletes selected to represent Scotland at the Junior and Cadet Commonwealth Championships being held in Cape Town, South Africa in July.

The opening event at the new facility included a demonstration of sabre fencing from Jess Corby and Kate Daykin, two Salle Ossian fencers and members of Scotland’s Commonwealth gold-medal winning Women’s Sabre Team. Head Coach Phil Carson provided commentary for the audience.

Phil explained: “Salle Ossian has gained real momentum after winning Perthshire Sports Club Of The Year and now the new centre gives us the opportunity to offer fencing to the wider community. It has been a real boost to our competitive fencers who can now train multiple times a week.”

Provost Liz Grant, who opened the new centre using a sabre to cut the ceremonial ribbon, said: “It’s wonderful to see the speed with which Salle Ossian has grown since it was first created. The club is providing a number of athletes with a home to improve their skills, take on new challenges and perform on an international footing. The noble art of fencing is alive and well in Perth and Kinross.”