Scottish Secondary Schools

The Scottish Secondary Schools Championships were held in Linlithgow on Saturday 25th November 2018. This is one of the largest on the youth calendar and the most prestigious for schools.

In the sabre events, Salle Ossian fencers dominated in all the age groups entered and some fantastic performances from our newer members. Well done to everyone. Our new Scottish Schools Champions 2018 are:

Under 14 girls, Lucia Paul (with her sister Honor taking silver).

Over 14 girls Champion is Charlotte Wilson-Smith.

Special mention in the under 14 boys to Oisin Lyndsay-Dorward, 11, who has been fencing since February and worked incredibly hard all day to take silver medal – punching well above his weight.

The over 14 boys event was won by Rory McLellan, with his team mate Hendrix Knight coming second.

And last but not least, the senior boys event was won in extraordinary style with a very determined 15-0 win by Sam Freeman.

Well done to all the competitors and our thanks go to the organisers, officials and many volunteers who made it a cracking event.

New British Champion and A New British No.1

Extraordinary scenes at this year’s British Cadet Championships saw 15yr old Rory McLellan take on the best of the best at Nottingham University to win the coveted British title. Despite carrying a heavy cold he went 6/0 in the poule stages to qualify as one of the top seeds for the elimination rounds. He steadily worked his way through the field and improved throughout the day. He really found his stride from the quarter finals, where he looked a class apart.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the tableau, 16yr old Sam Freeman had an equally brilliant day showing pure class in his unblemished poule stage and then making his way to the semi final. He took the bronze medal but more importantly increased his national ranking to be the new British No.1.

Rory and Sam will both be selected to represent GB in the upcoming international events in Bulgaria, Poland, Germany and France.

Adult Classes

We’ve been running adult classes on a Friday night for some time and we’re expanding to include foil and sabre as well as epee.

Ideal for adults of any age who are looking for a relaxed and fun evening of recreational fencing.

Contact for details.

Fridays, 7-9pm.

Project Forte

FORTE (Fencing)  In fencing, forte (from the Romance root meaning “strong”) is “the strong part” of the blade—the one third-closest to the hilt. The “strength” refers to the control established over the opponent’s weapon upon contact of one’s forte with the opponent’s foible (a situation of favourable leverage).  Wikipedia

Salle Ossian is at the forefront of delivering a Sport for Change initiative that aims to reach out to community groups whose members have been subject to violence, trauma or adverse childhood experiences and who might benefit from the therapeutic opportunities inherent in the sport of fencing.

In fencing, we look at strength in a different way, to mean control of one’s own actions and interactions with others.  Anyone new to the sport will quickly discover that the attributes of self-control, self-confidence and self-belief are immediately accessed and developed as participants are encouraged to take up something completely new, build on their strengths and work with others to improve problem solving and resilience.

How we do this is by engaging with local partners, providers and supporters, to run short 6 week programmes of fencing themed games and practice which inspire and motivate them to take part and to learn and develop.  The journey individuals take is outlined here


We believe that everyone can benefit from sport and that everyone benefits from confident individuals and communities.

Project Forte will delivered with the support and assistance of Salle Ossian Fencing Club, Scottish Fencing, British Fencing and Perth and Kinross partnerships.

Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Championships

Brilliant performances and a big setting made the 2018 Youth Commonwealth’s a championship that will be remembered for a long time to come. A very young crew from Salle Ossian made up the majority of the Scotland u17 and u20 sabre teams and they did their club and country proud.

In the individual events it was Rory McLellan who was not only the youngest member of the team, but the stand out performance making the quarter finals and narrowly missing out on a medal. He then went on to take silver medal in the team event along with his club mates Mark Alvares, Sam Freeman and Ewan Robertson.

Ewan, also fenced in the u20 team and joined by Toby Carter. Toby fenced amazingly in the team quarter finals taking the score from 22/35 to 39/40, giving Scotland the platform it needed to win 45/42 and secure a semi-final place. They then went on to surprise everyone by winning the bronze medal by beating Canada, with some of the best fencing we’e seen from Ewan Robertson. The full match can be seen here.

Scotland v Canada

In the ladies events, Charlotte Wilson-Smith showed great promise with some solid performances against much more experienced fencers. She comes home with a silver medal from the under 17 team event and a bronze medal from the under 20 team event. Not bad for a 14 year old!

Junior Commonwealth Championships

Salle Ossian fencers have been selected to represent Scotland at the 2018 Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships. Eight days of individual and team events will take place in Newcastle against teams from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Malaysia, Nigeria the Home Nations and the rest of the Commonwealth.

Many congratulations to Rory McLellan, Mark Alvares, Ewan Robertson, Sam Freeman, Toby Carter and Charlotte Wilson-Smith.