Author: Salle Ossian

The only dedicated sabre fencing club in Scotland.

2019 Review

The club enters it’s 5th year and it has been quite a year, both in terms of club development and individual achievement.  The results are impressive, but the real value is the impact on the many people with whom we come into contact.

Mark Alvares is the Scottish U20 Champion

Ariana Serafineau is the Scottish U20 Champion

Hendrix Knight is the Scottish U15 Champion

Miller Hetherington is the Scottish U13 Champion

Lucia Paul is the Scottish U13 Champion

Osin Lindseay Dorward and Hugo Shaw take silver and bronze and the Scottish Youth Championships

Ewan Robertson and Sam Freeman are joint 3rd at the Scottish Youth Championships

Honor Paul is 2nd and Sophia Milne and Eve Symonds 3rd at the Scottish Youth Championships

Caitlin Quinn and Charlotte Wilson-Smith take bronze at the Scottish Youth Championships

SJ Hampson wins the Merseyside Open

Jess Corby, Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson represent GB in Athens

Project Forte hosts Scottish Women Travellers for a six week course

Ariana Serafinceneau takes bronze at the Public Schools Championships

Kate Daykin wins the bronze at the British Sabre Championships

11 Salle Ossian fencer compete at the Challenge Wratislavia

Kate Daykin is the British U23 Champion

Gold for Kate Daykin and Ewan Robertson at the Glasgow Open

Manchester Youth series – Josh Bryden gold, Miller Hetherington bronze

Josh Bryden takes bronze at the Manchester LPJS

Rory McLellan competes at the World Cadet Championships in Poland

Josh Bryden wins the Durham LPJS

Silver and bronze for Lucia and Honor Paul at the Durham LPJS

Silver for Osin Lindsey-Dorward at the Durham LPJS

Bronze for Hendrix Knight at the Durham LPJS

Project Forte receives significant funding from SportScotland to extend to six local authority areas

British Youth Championships medallists:  Sophia Milne, Rosie Shaw, Eve Symonds, Charlotte Wilson-Smith, Josh Bryden, Miller Hetherington, Hugo Shaw and Hendrix Knight

Jess Corby, Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson represent GB in Tunis

Bronze medal for Josh Bryden at at the Camden LPJS

It’s a 1, 2, 3 for Salle Ossian ladies at the Leon Paul Junior Series, Scotland.  Well done Lucia Paul, Honor Paul, Sofia Milne and Eve Symonds

Paul Vaughan and Rory McLellan pass their Level 2 referee exams

Kate Daykin represents GB at the senior European Championships

Lucy Higham gets a bronze at the RAF Open

Sam Freeman, Ewan Robertson and Charlotte Wilson Smith compete at the Youth 5 Nations

Kate Daykin competes at the World Student Games

Kate Daykin competes at the World Championships in Budapest

Josh Bryden wins the Leon Paul International

Complete refit and redecoration of the Salle

SJ Hampson wins the Leon Paul Open

Rory McLellan retains his British title

Josh Bryden takes the bronze at the Riposta Cup, Bucharest

Toby Carter wins the Highland Open

Charlotte Wilson-Smith wins bronze at the Highland Open

Toby Carter receives full Blue from HRH Princess Anne

Rory Mclellan and Charlotte Wilson-Smith represent GB in Budapest

Sam McLellan is awarded EFC C grade for sabre refereeing

Josh Bryden wins the Ghent international

Last 8 finishes for Honor Paul and Osin Linsdey-Dorward at the Ghent International

Kate Daykin takes silver, SJ Hampson bronze at the Hamlet Open

Rory Mclellan take bronze at the Stratford British qualifier

Rory Mclellan wins silver medals in the team and individual at the London International

Charlotte Wilson-Smith wins team silver at the London International

Rory McLellan makes into the top 10 of the European rankings

Rory McLellan and Charlotte Wilson-Smith represent GB in Sofia

Sam Freeman wins the bronze medal at the British U20 qualifier

Josh Bryden win the Millfield LPJS

Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson represent GB at the Orleans World Cup

Toby Carter, Lucy Higham and Charlotte Wilson-Smith represent Scotland and the 5 Nations in Dublin

Rory Mclellan and Charlotte Wilson-Smith represent GB in Germany

Caitlin Quinn makes her first quarter final at the Scottish Open

Kate Daykin wins the Scottish Open

Sam Freeman wins the Scottish Open

Ewan Robertson and Stephen Fergusson are 2nd and 3rd at the Scottish Open

Josh Bryden wins the LPJS 2019 Series

Rory McLellan wins silver at the London Cadet International

Salle Ossian dominates the medal tables at the Youth Development Series

Kate Daykin represents GB at the senior World Cup in Salt Lake City

Rory McLellan is selected to represent GB at the European Championships in Croatia

Sam Freeman and Ewan Robertson represent GB in Budapest

Orlaith Lindsey-Dorward wins the Christmas hair-do competition

Lucia Paul, just 13 makes the quarter finals of the British U17 qualifier in St Albans

How to Improve

So you want to take your fencing to the next level?

Improving at any sport is about purposeful practice and time on task and fencing is no different. If you are training less than five days a week, do more fencing! Practice more, but just as important, practice well.

Fencing skill is only one aspect though and once you know how to fence, your fencing fitness and mindset become more important.

There is a necessary process to go through – you learn to fence; then you learn to compete and then you learn to win! That process can be frustrating, but worth the investment at each stage.

If you are fencing and competing regularly, you will want to increase your physical and mental capacity to deal with higher levels of competition. You can add in one or more of our specialist 30 minute focus classes

Mon 6pm Fencing Mindfulness

Tues 6pm FencingFit

Wed 6pm Gamesense

Thur 6pm FencingFit

At Salle Ossian, we believe that nothing works like hard work works. And the harder you work, the more we will work for you.

Rory Retains British Title

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.

Focus on Kate



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.

Riposta Cup

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.