No foil­ing fenc­ing trio af­ter Win­ton se­lec­tion

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THREE young fencers from Scaris­brick Swords fenc­ing club have been awarded their North­west colours and se­lected to fence for the re­gion at the Cadet Win­ton Cup.

This com­pe­ti­tion is Bri­tish Fenc­ing’s an­nual in­ter-re­gional tour­na­ment, held just be­fore Christ­mas in Som­er­set.

Annabelle Mon­tagu (14), Sophia Neo­phy­tou (13) and Grace Michell (13) have been se­lected along with a fourth girl from Formby to form the ladies U17 epee team.

It is a tremen­dous recog­ni­tion that they have been se­lected so young and the club is tremen­dously proud of all three girls’ achieve­ments.

Annabelle has won this year’s ISA schools U15 na­tional cham­pi­onships and fin­ished 22nd at U15 in the English Youth Cham­pi­onships.

In ad­di­tion, she has been awarded a pres­ti­gious fenc­ing schol­ar­ship from Mill­field School where she is now a bor­der.

Grace has for the sec­ond year run­ning won the North­west Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships and fin­ish­ing the sea­son ranked 22nd in the English Youth Cham­pi­onships for U13.

Sophia has also en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess, com­pet­ing in the Leon Paul Ju­nior Se­ries, win­ning sev­eral medals and fin­ish­ing the se­ries 9th na­tion­ally at U13.

Sophia has also com­peted in her first in­ter­na­tional event in Cyprus this year too.

Annabelle and Grace are re­turn­ing to the Cadet Win­ton team af­ter their sur­prise se­lec­tions last year and now they will be joined by their team­mate, as she makes her de­but.

The girls would par­tic­u­larly like to thank David Sto­bbs, the club’s head coach, for his tire­less work in hon­ing their skills.

It is a tes­ta­ment to David’s hard work with all the club’s young fencers that these three have achieved re­gional se­lec­tion so soon in their fenc­ing ca­reers.

Grace would also like to thank Na­tion­wide Pro­duce and the Ben­jamin Gautrey Foun­da­tion whose gen­er­ous spon­sor­ships have en­abled her to pur­sue the na­tional cir­cuit.

Scaris­brick Swords is a not-for-profit com­mu­nity sports club gov­erned by a con­sti­tu­tion.

It aims to pro­mote the sport of fenc­ing, par­tic­u­larly for young peo­ple, in South­port and the sur­round­ing area and to use fenc­ing to im­prove the health and well­be­ing of all club mem­bers.

The club is still very young, just com­plet­ing its first year of full op­er­a­tion and although it has grown out of Scaris­brick Hall’s af­ter school sports pro­vi­sion, it now has sev­eral chil­dren and adults who reg­u­larly take part from out­side the school and it’s mem­ber­ship ranges from be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced fencers who reg­u­larly com­pete at na­tional level.

The club meets on Thurs­day evenings at 7pm at Scaris­brick Hall and, if you would like to try out fenc­ing for your­self, a taster ses­sion can be ar­ranged by con­tact­ing them at [email protected] scaris­, on Face­book at https://www.face­­brickSwords, or on Twit­ter through @ ScaS­words.

Ian Cooper

Formby heavy­weight Alex Dick­in­son

Sophia Neo­phy­tou and Grace Michell

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