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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, for more details.
Solid silver: Imogen Fitzpatrick
Golden bow: Aedan Gilchrist
Top duo: Doug Adlam and Michael Barber