Fencing proves to be an exciting activity for youngsters in Topsham

PUBLISHED: 15:05 26 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

TUESDAY, AUGUST 26: THE glint of steel heralded the start of the Topsham Youth August Activities. Topsham coach Val Morrish and an elite team of coaches and fencers from Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club introduced the 10 to 16 year olds of Topsham to the exciting Olympic

THE glint of steel heralded the start of the Topsham Youth August Activities.Topsham coach Val Morrish and an elite team of coaches and fencers from Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club introduced the 10 to 16 year olds of Topsham to the exciting Olympic sport of fencing.At the end of each session, all the youngsters enjoyed taking part in a demanding team competition with foils.Rohan Knowles, 11, of Holman Way, and 13-year-old Simon Ames, of Lympstone, demonstrated the standard of fencing with electric foils which had earned them a place in the British Youth Championships. Val Morrish said: "Volunteers from the Topsham youngsters also had the chance to try out fencing with sabres and epees, so they are all now well briefed and knowledgeable - eager to watch Olympic fencing on TV."Gareth Knowles and cadet Grace Williams gave a "brilliant" display of stage fighting with sabre and dagger. The Youth Activities in Topsham are organised by Margaret Butt and Steve Preston on behalf of the Topsham Community Association and supported with a grant from the Hele's Trust. They include claywork, sailing, badminton, tennis, taiko drumming, cricket, baseball, water polo, rock school, dry slope skiing and mosaic making.

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