Fenc­ing tal­ent ap­peal for help

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A TAL­ENTED teenage fencer is ap­peal­ing for help to achieve his sport­ing dreams.

Alexander Jones, 16, of Cromp­ton Road, first picked up a foil when he was eight years old.

He now com­petes at in­ter­na­tional level and is hop­ing to win a place on the Great Bri­tain tal­ent squad.

His ul­ti­mate dream is to rep­re­sent his coun­try in the Olympics.

How­ever, the cost of trav­el­ling to train­ing in Bury three times a week, equip­ment, and costs to com­pete in com­pe­ti­tions across Europe run into thou­sands ev­ery year.

His par­ents dad Gra­ham, a tech­ni­cian at Macclesfield Academy, and his mum Janet, who is re­tired, fully sup­port Alexander’s hobby.

But they are ask­ing for sup­port by in­di­vid­u­als, busi­nesses or or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Gra­ham said: “It is an ex­pen­sive hobby and there is very lit­tle ex­ter­nal fund­ing. We are hop­ing that some of the ex­pense of trav­el­ling to and from train­ing and com­pe­ti­tions will come from the GB tal­ent squad but there’s no guar­an­tee. What we would wel­come is lo­cal sup­port in terms of spon­sor­ship.”

Alexander, who at­tends All Hal­lows school, be­came hooked on fenc­ing af­ter try­ing its on a taster ses­sion at Macclesfield Leisure Cen­tre.

He joined a club in Bramhall be­fore mov­ing to a club run by for­mer Hungarian cham­pion and Par­a­lympian Robert Kiss, based in Bury.

Last year Alexander made the Great Bri­tain U17 cadets squad and has been com­pet­ing all over Europe.

Gra­ham, 61, said: “He has reach a whole new level of com­pe­ti­tion against coun­try’s with a stronger fenc­ing tra­di­tion than here. It has been a great ex­pe­ri­ence for him and he’s even more determined than ever to im­prove.

“Alexander is very pas­sion­ate about fenc­ing. He is re­ally com­mit­ted. But he is ma­ture about what it takes to get to the top. We are very proud.”

To sup­port Alexander email g.215@bt­in­ter­net. com.

●● Alexander Jones, 16, from Macclesfield, is a Great Bri­tain fenc­ing champ

●● Alexander Jones, 16, com­petes for Great Bri­tain

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