Dou­ble gold for Che­sham as new­com­ers shine at con­test

Top place on the podium for en­trant who was tak­ing part in his first com­pet­i­tive event

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - by Tim Street tms-sport@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @Street­boyTim

CHE­SHAM Fenc­ing Club’s Aedan Gilchrist per­formed su­perbly to win a gold medal in his first ever tour­na­ment.

The 22-year-old, who has only been fenc­ing for two years, struck gold in the men’s event at the Berks, Bucks & Oxon county fenc­ing union’s foil age group con­test.

He was one of four fencers from the Che­sham club tak­ing part in the tour­na­ment, held at Lan­g­ley Gram­mar School in Slough ear­lier this month.

An­other in his first com­pe­ti­tion was Doug Ad­lam, who has also been fenc­ing for only two years and did very well in win­ning three bouts in the un­der-12s event.

Michael Bar­ber also took part in the U12s age group, and won a se­cond gold for Che­sham,

Bar­ber fenced splen­didly all day, show­ing real ma­tu­rity.

Com­pet­ing in only his se­cond tour­na­ment, he thought through his tac­tics against each in­di­vid­ual fencer and re­mained un­beaten, win­ning his fi­nal 10- 4.

A fi­nal medal for Che­sham ar­rived via Imo­gen Fitz­patrick, who landed sil­ver in the U18 girls event, hav­ing been fenc­ing for three years.

Wendy Zakrzewski, sports coach at Che­sham Leisure Cen­tre, where the club is based, said: “All the fencers were gra­cious and showed re­spect to their op­po­nents, and they are all a credit to their club.”

The club is of­fer­ing cour­ses in foil fenc­ing, from be­gin­ner to in­ter­me­di­ate level, as well as the op­por­tu­nity to fence com­pet­i­tively. Lessons are held on Satur­day morn­ing for anyone aged eight years and over, with all safety equip­ment pro­vided.

They are led by Jacky Faulkner, a BFA level 3 foil and level 2 epee coach and the Bri­tish Fenc­ing south­ern re­gion coach. Call 01494 791779 or email wendy.zakrzewski@gll.org, for more de­tails.

Solid sil­ver: Imo­gen Fitz­patrick

Golden bow: Aedan Gilchrist

Top duo: Doug Ad­lam and Michael Bar­ber

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