Fencing proves to be so very popular.

PUBLISHED: 09:26 26 August 2009 | UPDATED: 11:43 10 June 2010

THE Topsham and area youth are now well into their August Activities, organised annually for 10-16 year olds by the Topsham Community Association.

THE Topsham and area youth are now well into their August Activities, organised annually for 10-16 year olds by the Topsham Community Association.

The two hour, morning session of foil fencing was so popular that three youngsters returned to join the afternoon group.

The teaching was led by fencing coaches Valerie Morrish and Lucy Williams of Sidmouth, well supported by other local fencers, Gareth Knowles (Royal Navy foil captain), Great Britain cadet Grace Williams, 12 year old British Youth Qualifier Rohan Knowles and Devon U9 champion Finn Manning.

With so much individual coaching, the youngsters made amazing progress and enjoyed competing against each other.

During the short rest periods, volunteers tried their hand at sabre and epee fencing, and watched a very brief, but exciting, demonstration of stage fighting with sabre and dagger.

For the full range of activities on offer, and place availability, contact Margaret Butt on (01395) 873050.

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