PUBLISHED: 11:12 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:12 04 July 2013
Five youngsters from Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing club travelled to Glastonbury for the Dunstan Age Group Championships.
In the Under-13 Boys’ foil category Finn Manning (Clyst St Mary) cruised through the preliminary rounds, having to make little effort, but was caught out by club mate Alexis Jouan (Exeter) and went down 5-1.
For the Direct Elimination, Manning was the number one seed with Jouan seeded third.
Shaken by the earlier defeat, Manning was well prepared for any stiffer opposition and we saw him fencing at his best, with swift, fluid footwork and brilliantly timed blade work, well deserving first place and the gold medal.
Jouan maintained his fighting form to win the bronze.
Kenan Palmer (Exmouth) in the Under-11 Boys’ foil had some fine 5-0 victories in the preliminary rounds and was consequently seeded fourth. In a closely contested quarter final he narrowly lost to the number five seed 7-9.
Eleanor Mills (Exmouth) made her competitive debut in the Under-9 girls’ foil. After wo first round wins she was seeded fifth and, in the quarter final she narrowly lost to the number four seed 7-10.
Harry Gordon (Axmister), age 12, was Sidmouth’s first epee entry for several years.
Fencing in the Under-15 category, he started cautiously against his older opponents, and by the end had won three of 10 fights and finished eighth. This was a fine performance in his first competition and bodes well for the future.