With three of the juniors’ section entering for competition experience, Sway secured good results given that none of the three specialise in the weapon! Regular epee fencers Will Prendergast and Arnie Seal adapted to foil for the day to reach semi-finals and finals of their respective U16 and U14 age groups, whilst Jacob Crick put down his sabre to fence U14 with the pointy weapon for the weekend.
The competition ran well in a good spirit of cameraderie. With participating clubs Escrime Winchester, Espada, and Cheam School, the Sway contingent found themselves up against a high standard of foil fencing, which made Prendergast’s bronze and Seal’s silver all the more satisfying. The U14 final was a close-fought duel which ran to full time.
Thoughts now turn to training for the Southern Region fixtures, and the upcoming age group team competitions in which Sway and Lymington Walhampton clubs expect to field teams in all weapons. Ongoing sponsorship from Lymington firm Lashmars Tax Accountants has enabled a visiting coach masterclass with Southern Region coach Alan Knowles during half-term, to prepare the juniors for a tough regional event.
If you are considering fencing as an alternative sport, the next beginners course at Brockenhurst starts on Monday 11th November for both juniors and adults, with wheelchair fencing at Brockenhurst beginning with a free taster session on Saturday 16th November, and a six-week beginners course commencing on Thursday 21st November. See swayfencing.co.uk for details.