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Double Commonwealth Gold for BFC Veterans Fencers.

Sunday, 23rd November 2014

Bedford Fencing Club Veteran Fencers win Gold and Silver Medals at the Veteran Commonwealth Games at Largs, Scotland November 2014


Gold For Caroline


Congratulations to Caoline Clancy who achieved a personal best:  She came 5th in the Women's Sabre  - beyond her wildest dreams!  


But the best was yet to come:   She joined Jane Hutchinson, the individual Gold Medal winner, Nicola Beck, Bronze medallist, and Tracy Russen to fence for the England Team. They fought their way to the final and convincingly beat Scotland to take the Gold Medal.


Very Well Done Caroline


Caroline Clancy's photo.

Gold for Ed


Congatulations also to Ed Simpson who narrowly missed out  (by one hit) on a medal in the men's individual in a great fight with Pete Hutton.


Ed achieved his dream of a Gold Commonwealth Medal as they then fenced together in the England Team.   The team defeated Wales to take Gold.


Ed nearly didn't make it to the Games since he tore a calf muscle just a fortnight before.


Well done Ed - a great reward for all the hard training.


Mens sabre team - England

Silver for John Prime


And Congratulations too to John Prime.  John earned his place in the England Epee Team by coming  18th out of 89 in the individual competition. 


He joined Chris Howser , who had won the the Gold Medal, Steve Domec and Jason Scrimshaw.  They won a silver medal after a tense match with Australia, edged out of first place by two hits after a valiant effort against Canada. 


Great result John.


Other fencers from BFC included  Lynn Williams, Sabre with Silvia Earl and Andrew Brown fencing Epee. 


Andrew took part in the Epee Team Challenge joining Ev Van Gemeran, Tom Chrisp and Max Telfer. They fenced until 10 at night,  narrowly lost first place to another England team after beating them earlier by the same margin of one hit!


Andrew was fencing last in the relay (to 45) and was trailing by 3 hits with under a minute to go. He managed to equalise with 4 seconds to go only to lose priority and subsequently the last hit.  The team took their place on the podium at 10 p.m. as the cleaners were coming into the hall!


Lynn Williams, who had fenced hard and won some very challenging fights to come 12th in the individual Women's Sabre, also joined in a Sabre Team Challenge.  Her team won.  Great result Lynn, Very Well Done.



Ev van Gemeren's photo.