Chichester fencers foil their opponents

Chichester's British youth championship under-tens
Chichester's British youth championship under-tens
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Some of Chichester Fencing Club’s youngest members took part in the under-ten foil British youth championships.

Ben Gray, Ethan Mansfield and Robert Moore fenced superbly, supporting one another in a great display of teamwork.

The event is a great taster for the British Youth Championships, held this year in Sheffield, where Chichester fielded a number of competitors.

The championships end with medals given to the top eight fencers in each category. Foilists Angel Bull, Tara Sallaba, Harry Gray, Isaac Jolley and Oscar O’Hara all fenced superbly against tough opposition but it was O’Hara, recently back from injury, who placed highest.

In a nail biting quarter-final he lost to finish sixth, claiming a well-deserved medal.

Chloe Wildsmith, Archie Evans and Robin Elliot represented the south-east in epee. All fenced well but Elliot gave the outstanding performance of the weekend.

The 14-year-old was fencing in the under-16 category for the first time. Both his final 16 and quarter-final fights were great battles in which he held his nerve and his focus. He finished eighth, earning a medal.

The fencing season is over for the summer but Chichester Fencing Club will kick off the new campaign in Oaklands Park at the get Active Festival on September 7. Come along and have a go or call coach Sharon Blackman on 01243 822753, or email sharonblackman1@googlemail.com