Future points to success for Swords after tough two years

Future points to success for Swords after tough two years

by Henry James (December 2021)

FENCING club Scarisbrick Swords has returned to competitive success after coming through two turbulent years.

The difficulties have included three changes of venue, pandemic regulations, equipment shortages and staff personnel changes.

However, despite this, the club has enjoyed the continued support of the parents and members who have truly appreciated its value.

Top of the list of achievements this year is the England Fencing number one ranking for U14 girls epee category for Katy Hawthorne.

The club has also achieved four series winners in the national Youth Series: Katy Hawthorne (U14), Grace Michell (U17), James Hughes (U17) and Edward Neophytou (U10) and two series runners up: Harry Marsden (U17) and Michael Neophytou (U12). Annabelle Aldwinckle (U14), meanwhile, won a bronze medal in her very first tournament.

The achievements continued with the selection of Sophia Neophytou and Grace Michell for the North West Ladies U17 team at the Cadet Winton Cup, the annual inter-regional tournament which is being restarted after being cancelled last year.

In addition, James Hughes has been selected for the Welsh team.

Club coaches David Stobbs and Paul Michell, say they are delighted with the progress but have their sights set firmly on extending this success to even greater heights.

A spokesman for Scarisbrick Swords said: “Scarisbrick Swords is a not-for-profit community sports club which aims to promote the sport, particularly for young people, and to use fencing to improve the health and well-being of all those who take part.”

Members meet on Thursday evenings at the Southport YMCA. For more information email info@scarisbrickswords.co.uk.

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