Saturday 15th of November was a big day for many of our fencing students as they attended the 2nd Sherborne Fencing Tournament held at the Sherborne Girls School, Dorset.
With over 10 schools and fencing clubs represented and nearly 50 competitors it was a really friendly tournament.
It was a great day with fabulous performances across the three age groups and in both sabre and epee. There was also the Prof. Jim Perry “Good Sportsmanship Trophy” up for grabs.
A big thank you to all the parents and supporters who taxi-ed and cheered the fencers on and to the referees, without whom, there would have been no tournament.
See you all next year!!!!!
Check out the gallery page for photos from the day.
Fencing Olympians of the future?
FUTURE fencing Olympians could be in this photograph – according to youth activities organisers who put on a sporting workshop for youngsters on their summer holidays.
The workshop, held at Corpus Christi Primary School, Weston, and organised by the Extended Services programme at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College saw children try the sport in full fencing gear.
Organiser Xanne Blythe said: “They loved it. The instructor said a lot of students were so good they had a real talent and that they should sign up.”
This news report came from a workshop we ran in memory of Prof. Jim Perry BAF Professor of Fencing.
There is a lot of talk of “a legacy of sport” at the moment and I am proud to be continuing even a small part of Jim’s passion and dedication in bringing fencing to as many people as we can.
I was incredibley sad to hear of the death of Prof. Jim Perry on Friday July 13th. He was a great coach and good friend and I will miss him very much. He was immensely proud to be a BAF coach and convinced me to join the Academy by asking me, with a twinkle in his eye, if I wanted to be a “proper”coach .
He coached me through my first Academy exams and was always there with the right thing to say. Fencing has lost a dedicated and talented fencer and educator but we have all lost an even more exceptional human being.