Rory Wins In Barcelona


Rory McLellan has won the Trofeu Sant Jordi, one of the largest competitions on the u14 international circuit.  On Saturday he was faultless with a 6-0 win-loss in the first round of poules and a 6-0 in the seeding round, meaning he went in to the direct elimination round on Sunday seeded no.2. 

He got a bye in to the Last 32 round which he won with an impressive 15-6. His dominance continued into the semi final with wins of 15-11 and 15-9. However his semi final fight looked in jepordy as he went 6-8 down and took a blow to his fencing hand causing considerable pain and swelling. He opted to continue and won in courageous style as he did in the final, dominating in a 15-9 win. 

Rory is pictured above with his very proud dad Steve. 

Kate Daykin wins the 2017 Glasgow Open

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Many congratulations to Kate Daykin continuing her terrific form in 2017 by winning the Glasgow Open.  She won 10 preliminary bouts and all her direct elimination bouts, culminating in a tense and dramatic 15-13 win over club-mate SJ Hampson.  In third place, Lucy Higham demonstrated how much progress she has made in the last 6 months.   In the senior men’s event, 14 yr old Sam Freeman surprised everyone by winning the bronze medal, with Ewan Robertson making it in the the last 8 by beating team mate Paul Vaughan 15-13 in the last 16 round.

Despite a busy academic programme at Herriot Watt University, Kate is now ranking no.2 on the Great Britain national rankings and is currently the top ranked GB fencer in the world.

 

 

 

 

Alvares Wins in Newcastle


Mark Alvares won the under 17 British ranking event at the weekend at the Newcastle Fencing Centre. 

Mark didn’t drop a fight all day, including his L16 fight against team mate Rory McLellan.  Rory, still only 13, put in a strong performance and can be pleased with his result. Also making it on to the final tableau of 8 was 14 year old Sam Freeman – a career best performance for him. 

But it was Mark who pushed through to he final which he won 15-13 against GB team mate Alex LeMaitre. 

This result will put him in a strong position for the 2017-18 season as Mark has another year to go at cadet level.  

Salle Ossian retain British Title

For the first time in the history of the Championships, a Scottish club has won the British Teams for a second year in a row. 

Salle Ossian were missing club mate and British no.1 Jess Corby who was on GB international duty, so stepping up to the plate was Kate Daykin, SJ Hampson and newcomer to the team, Lucy Higham.

Salle Ossian won all their preliminary matches, including against the much fancied Camden team and progressed to the knock-out stages as no.1 seed.  They maintained their composure through to the final winning 45-41.

Well done ladies!  A great result for Salle Ossian and for fencing in Scotland. 

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!

 

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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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