IT WASN’T ALL BAD – 2016 REVIEW

Salle Ossian finishes 2016 as reigning Scottish, British and Commonwealth Champions at junior age groups and senior events.  It was a busy year, with quite a few significant and at times surprising results!

British Senior Team Champions

British Under 23 Champion

British Under 18 Champion

British Under 14 Champion (boys)

British Under 14 Champion (girls)

Scottish U20 Mens Champion

Scottish U20 Women Champion

Scottish U17 Boys Champion

Scottish U17 Girls Champion

Scottish U15 Boys Champion

Scottish U15 Girls Champion

Scottish U13 Boys Champion

Scottish U13 Girls Champion

Scottish Secondary School U18 Champion

Scottish Secondary School U16 Champion

Scottish Secondary School U14 Champion

Youth Development Series, winner, boys U17

Youth Development Series, winner, boys U15

Youth Development Series, winner, girls U15

Youth Development Series, winner, boys U13

Youth Development Series, winner, girls U11

In particular, huge congratulations to Elsie Llewellyn and Jess Corby who both made it on to the GB squads for the European Cadet and Junior Championships to be held in Bulgaria in March 2017.

Behind the scenes, the coaching team continues to develop fencing in schools around Perthshire, with over 500 kids introduced to the sport this year.  And our relentlessly hard-working and supportive Board of Trustees and volunteers continue to work hard to make team Ossian one of the most successful fencing clubs in the UK.  And to our supporters, donors and sponsors, how grateful we continue to be and how humbled we are by your generosity and kindness.

2017 is going to be all about development and expansion.  The young fencers are growing, the membership is growing and therefore the team effort and the space needs to grow.  Lots to be done and your contributions are most welcome.

First Step Towards Olympics

Salle Ossian fencers Jess Corby, Kate Daykin and SJ Hampson have all been selected to fence at their first senior World Cup event in Orleans, France in November 2016.  The standard of World Cup events is extremely high, with former and current World, European and Olympic champions and medallists in attendance.  But the Salle Ossian ladies are keen  to gain the experience and take of stock of where they are at in relation to the best in the World.

Jess Corby, still only 18 has already qualified for the junior world and european fencing championships coming up early in 2017.  Meanwhile, Kate Daykin is taking 6 months in the south of France as part of her French degree at Heriot Watt University, but she is training well at local club Meylan Escrime.  SJ Hampson continues to make remarkable progress after her knee operation in 2015 – taking 2nd at the British Senior Championships and being selected to represent Scotland at the forthcoming 5 Nations team event.

Preparation for the Olympics can typically take 8 years of hard slog.  It is the fastest combat sport in the world but also one of the most technically demanding.

But these ladies are taking the first brave step towards the dream and the dream starts now!

 

SJ HAMPSON

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JESS CORBY

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KATE DAYKIN

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Huge Performances at UK School Games

The UK School Games is a multi-sport event for over 1,600 UK’s elite young athletes of school age across 12 sports and is designed to recreate the experience of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  Competition is held in a total of twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis

The event seeks to create an inspirational and motivational setting that provides the opportunity to thrive and perform at the highest levels. The UK School Games is organised by The Youth Sport Trust and supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England.

In the sabre fencing, Scotland fielded one of it’s youngest teams ever at this event.  The youngest member of the women’s team, from Salle Ossian, young Elsie Llewellyn finished the individual event in 5th place, the highest placed Scot.  She finished behind 3 GB national under 20 players and the GB no.1 at under 17.  Elsie is still only 14 years old and has another 4 years at this event.  In the team event, Elsie again showed ability beyond her years and contributed significantly to the team’s 45-32 win over Wales.  In the final, England fielded their strongest team for some years and it was to be silver in the end for Scotland.

Elsie Llewellyn receiving her team silver medal.

Elsie UKSGIn the men’s event, the entire Scotland team was made up of Salle Ossian fencers.  In the poule stages, Sam McLellan showed some great form that set him up for a direct elimination fight with the GB no.1 cadet.  A repeat of the 2014 Commonwealth Championships in South Africa, Sam won with a nail-biting 15-14 scoreline.  In the end it was bronze for Sam.  Mark Alvarez was 6th, Ethan Llewellyn 7th and Toby Carter 13th.

The men’s team event has already been described as epic.  Scotland had to fence a strong Wales team in the semi-final match.  This looked like a close one on paper and proved to be by the end of the fourth leg with the score at 20-18.  However, Scotland’s boys raised their game to finish 45-26.  Pivotal to this was Ethan Llewellyn’s final leg, winning it 5-0 and very impressive close out by Mark Alvarez, beating the British under 16 champion 5-1.

The last match of the day was the final against England.  England were fielding an impressive GB under 20 squad and taking ranking into consideration, it seemed unlikely that Scotland would be able to compete.  However, after some gutsy performances from our, the final score was an impressive 36-45 to England.  But this team of young 15 and 16 year olds has shown huge potential.

Sam, Ethan, Toby and Mark with their team silver medals.

 

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Salle Ossian Awards 2016-17

Salle Ossian currently has 10 fencers on the Awards scheme and we have two further places available for the 2016-17 season.
 
Salle Ossian is a charity dedicated to promoting the Olympic sport of fencing in Perthshire and this includes reducing barriers to fencers who want to excel in the sport. The purpose of the Award is to prioritise access to the facilities, coaching and support that individual athletes need to achieve their goals.
 
To apply for an Award you will be expected to commit to a high number of training sessions, to work together at the club and at competition, support the charitable purposes of Salle Ossian and to make a financial contribution to the cost of the training.
 
In return, the awardees receive priority access to individual lessons, training courses, coaching and can access financial support towards domestic and international competition.
 
You don’t have to be a member of Salle Ossian to apply.
 
For further information, please contact coach@salleossian.com.
 
Closing date is Friday 26th August 2016.

Summer Timetable

Salle Ossian Summer Training Schedule

2-3rd July U17 and U20 British Championships, London

4-8th July Scottish Fencing National Academy, Strathallan

11th-15th July Salle Ossian Performance Course, daily 10-4pm

16th-17th July Aberdeen Open

18th-22nd July Salle Ossian Individual training, booking essential, lessons 11am – 4pm

25th-29th July Beginners Sabre Course, daily, 10am-4pm, booking essential (VERY FEW PLACES REMAINING)

1-7th August SALLE OSSIAN CLOSED

8-12th August Pre-season training. 10am-4pm.

15th August SALLE OSSIAN CLUB NIGHTS RESUME

Scottish Youth Championships

Salle Ossian had an outstanding weekend at the Scottish Youth Championships, held in Edinburgh on the 11th and 12th June 2016.  Our fencers dominated the sabre events and we now hold all 8 national youth titles.  The stand out performances were from Elsie Llewellyn and Mark Alvarez.  Elsie, still only 14 years old, took both the U15 and U17 titles and a bronze in the U20 events.  Mark is the U15 and U20 champion, taking a bronze in the U17 event.

Scottish U20 Champion              Sarah-Jane Hampson

Scottish U20 Champion              Mark Alvares

Scottish U17 Champion               Elsie Llewellyn

Scottish U17 Champion               Ethan Llewellyn

Scottish U15 Champion               Elsie Llewellyn

Scottish U15 Champion               Mark Alvares

Scottish U13 Champion                Honor Paul

Scottish U13 Champion                Rory McLellan