Clay­ton hits gold to earn World Cham­pi­onship spot

Fenc­ing

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

Ten­ter­den Swords mem­ber Jane Clay­ton won gold and sil­ver medals at the Na­tional Age-Group Cham­pi­onships at Mil­ton Keynes to earn a place in the World Vet­eran Cham­pi­onships in Ger­many later this year. She will be joined by club-mate and for­mer Olympian Ralph John­son. The three­time world vet epee cham­pion also won his event and the pair now travel to Stral­sund on the Baltic Coast in Oc­to­ber. John­son then teamed up with fel­low club mem­bers John Hyde and He­len Easter, beat­ing off a strong chal­lenge from their ri­vals to win the team ti­tle at the Kent Epee and Sabre Cham­pi­onships at Sand­wich. John­son and Hyde were beaten in the semi­fi­nals of the in­di­vid­ual event. Any­one aged eight or over and in­ter­ested in tak­ing up the sport is wel­come to visit the club on Thurs­day evenings. They meet at St Michaels Church Hall in Grange Road, start­ing at 8pm.

Jane Clay­ton

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