Photo: Grace Michell
Grace Michell Wins the North West U12 Girls Epee Champion Title
Grace Michell, a year 7 pupil at Scarisbrick Hall School, competed in the North West Youth Fencing Championships at the Manchester Fencing Centre in Oldham on Saturday (11th March). Entered for both the under twelve foil and epee events, her day started with the foil tournament. Despite this being her first public competition, Grace quickly overcame her nerves to secure a decisive first place after the seeding rounds and a bye through the first round of the direct elimination matches. Grace battled through to the final where she narrowly missed out on the title, losing by a close 10-8 to Stephanie Currie from Liverpool fencing club.
After lunch, Grace had to warm up to do it all again for the epee competition! As with the foil, she dominated the seeding rounds to finish ranked first and again she worked her way through the elimination fights to reach the final. This time though she managed to prevail 10-9 in a closely fought match to bring home the regional under twelve epee title.
This is the first success for Scaribrick Hall’s new after school fencing club, which aims to give its members a chance to develop their skills beyond what can be taught through the school’s other fencing taster lessons. There are currently six pupils in the club who are studying for their British Academy of Fencing bronze awards. School fencing master, David Stobbs commented that this was “great stuff” for the school and that he expected she would be “walking on air for the next week or so!”.
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