At a buzzing Reading University Sports Park on Sunday, a united entry from Sway Fencing and Lymington Walhampton Fencing Clubs were part of an 132-strong field of epee and sabre fencers in two of the age group categories.
As New Forest fencing noticeably rebuilds a presence at county and regional competitions, five juniors from Sway contested the epee, with a Sway sabreur joining three more from Lymington.
Grace Marrs, a regular of both clubs, blitzed her sabre pool with a clean sweep of victories. It was a tight tactical battle in the Direct Elimination stage which deprived her of a finals place, but a bronze medal guarantees qualification to Sheffield, adding to her place already booked in the foil event.
Sway’s Arnie Seal stayed resolute through the DE to finish with a bronze in a closely fought U12 age group and earned himself a place at the Nationals. As the first qualifier from the new coaching regime at Sway, Seal will get the benefit of additional kit provided from sponsorship by Lymington firm Lashmars Tax Accountants.
[Photo: Arnie Seal qualifies for the BYC’s]