Fencer’s Torch Salute Brings in the Crowd


Sway coaches - Brockenhurst College Olympic Torch event 14/07/12Sway Fencing Club was in high demand at the Olympic Torch Event in Brockenhurst on 14th July.

The five coaches and three assistants were barely able to cater for the influx of beginner fencers who were keen to try out modern sports fencing.

Teaching foil, the Club took over one hundred beginners from 5-55 years through the basics of fencing, including footwork, lunging, hitting and parrying, before letting them loose on some free fencing. Such was the popular demand that the club continued after the event’s official finish at 1pm.

Clive Turner demonstrates the perfect lunge - 14/07/2012Under 8’s were allowed to use the plastic mini-fence kit, a scheme created by the British Fencing Association to introduce younger children to sports fencing, consisting of protective masks and plastic foils.

The Club also Mick Hayman imparts wisdom - Brock College Olympic Torch 14/07/2012found time to do two sabre displays outside Brockenhurst College, and salute the torch on its way through the village.

Sway Fencing Club will also be doing a display and taster sessions at the New Milton Pageant on 21st July.

BenCorbridge copes with fencers in Wellington boots - 14/07/2012If you’re keen to try out this exciting sport, book on one of the club’s six-week beginner courses starting in September at Brockenhurst College (Mondays), Applemore Health and Leisure (Wednesdays) and Ringwood Health and Leisure (Saturdays). Contact Robin Catling on 01590 683837 or info@swayfencing.co.uk for more details.

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This article also appears in the Lymington Times for 21/07/12.

Brockenhurst College Olympic Torch eventThe rest of this image gallery can be found online.

Image Credits: Lisa McNair, Janet Turner.

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