FENCING – Stratford fencers are selected for the World Championships


SHAKESPEARE Fencers Barney Halliwell and Sophia Potter have been selected by British Fencing for the Senior World Fencing Championships in Cairo, Egypt later this month.

The pair fence at Shakespeare Swords in Stratford with Halliwell residing in Wellesbourne and Potter in Studley and have fenced for the club since primary school.

And both are part of a four-shooter team in their respective categories after earning discretionary selection spots.

Shakespeare Swords head coach Chris Buxton said: “We are extremely proud of their achievements, it is testament to all the work they have put into their fencing over the years.

“They both had great records at junior and under-20 level, I’m really pleased they’re starting to make an impact at senior level.

“We have so many young fencers at the club, seeing athletes go on to represent Great Britain at age group and senior level is inspiring for them and that extra motivation to keep training and working hard. .

“It’s a high level competition, the competition takes place over two days, both will want to do the second day, once you are in the main draw of the competition, you just have to see where it takes you. led.”

The duo recently represented Great Britain at the Senior European Fencing Championships in Turkey in the saber competition.

Halliwell finished 22nd in the men’s tournament while Potter placed 54th in the women’s.

The championships are to take place from Friday July 15 to Saturday July 23.


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