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.”