West Lothian Fencing Club awarded over a dozen medals in the last few weeks


West Lothian Fencing Club members have been in sensational form in recent weeks as they picked up medals galore and produced a string of brilliant performances at three events recently.

At the Scottish Youth Championships, the youngsters took two silver medals and five bronze medals across epee and saber.

The club then followed that success up as the senior teams traveled to the Stirling Sword for open team and individual events which featured some of the best fencers in the country, while top universities also entered teams.

West Lothian fielded five teams (two epee, two saber, and a foil team) and while it was a tough challenge they can all be satisfied with their displays and mid-table finishes while there were some stand-out performances.

Three of the youngsters teamed up with head coach Kev Milne to pick up the silver medal, losing out to Durham University in the final, while Griffin Manning reached the quarter-finals for the stand-out individual display for the team.

More of the award-winning winning fencers from West Lothian Fencing Club

And the success didn’t end there as the club sealed a huge haul of medals at this week’s Youth Development Series meeting.

The YDS is the main event for fencers aged 15 and under with four events throughout the season. The Series allows for development and competitiveness in an environment that is a little less intense than some of the national UK events, whilst also having the goal of competition and league winners.

An abundance of medals reflected the standard of performances from the West Lothian youngsters and showed that their hard work and determination is certainly paying off in competitions.

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The club celebrates it’s four year anniversary this month and if you would like to join, whether you want to compete or simply be part of a community and club for some social time, the club are now taking on beginners.

All kit is provided and the first two sessions are free. Membership is the lowest in Scotland at £20 a month or you can fence at any time for a fiver per session.

More information is available on the club’s website www.fencing-club.co.uk or you can check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WestLothianFencingclub

The medal winners in the Scottish Youth Championships were as follows:

Under-13 boys saber – Owen Phelan (silver), Daniel Rackstraw (bronze), Matthew Stewart (bronze).

Under-15 boys saber – Griffin Manning (silver), Guy Lumsden (bronze).

Under-17 boys saber – Griffin Manning (bronze).

Under-15 boys foil – Griffin Manning (bronze).

Under-15 boys epee – Matthew Davies (silver).

Under-17 girls epee – Laura Davies (bronze).

The medal winners in the Youth Development Series were as follows:

Under-11 boys epee – Gillan Macdonald (gold).

Under-11 girls epee – Emma Stewart (gold).

Under-13 boys epee – Caelian Stewat (silver).

Under-13 boys saber – Owen Phelan (silver), Daniel Rackstraw (bronze).

Under-15 girls saber – Thea Todd (bronze).

Under-15 boys saber – Griffin Manning (silver), Guy Lumsden (bronze).

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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