Forest Fencers’ Paralympic Show

Clive Turner officiates at the Osborne CentreThe Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Osbourne Centre rang to the sound of clashing blades over the summer, as local fencing’s Paralympic roadshow continued around the area.

Peter Gale and Gary Taylor from Espada Fencing joined Clive Turner and Robin Catling from Sway Fencing Club to offer wheelchair fencing to the patrons of the MS Centre’s latest Open Day.

With the coaches providing live fencing demonstrations, both able-bodied and in the chair, they then offered ‘have a go’ sessions to any wheelchair users keen to give it a try.

Catering for a range of conditions beyond MS, the volunteer-run Osbourne Centre provides support, therapy and transport services to users across Dorset and Hampshire. Paralympic-style wheelchair fencing is just the latest opportunity offered to those with mobility issues.

Those wanting to give this exciting sport a try will find a new wheelchair fencing course this autumn at Brockenhurst College, beginning with a free taster session on Saturday 16th November from midday until 3pm, followed by a six-week beginners course commencing on Thursday 21st November from 6.30pm until 8.30pm.

The course is supported by Hampshire/IOW Sport and New Forest District Council and will cost just £15. To enrol, please call Robin Catling on 01590 683837 or email


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