Fencing champion qualifies for World Championships

July 30 2018
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Thornbury fencer Caron Hale has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Veterans Fencing Championships later this year.

Caron, 59, recently won the Veterans British Nationals and secured her place on the British team for her seventh World Championships in ten years.

Caron will be one of just four people to represent Britain in her category at the Championships, which will take place in Italy in October.

Success on the court has come as a surprise for Thornbury’s fencing champion after a challenging season training with the British School of Fencing Excellence.

Caron said: “With such great fencing talent in the UK, it’s hard to predict how you’ll perform at national competitions so winning the British Veterans Nationals and then qualifying for the World Championships has been incredible.”

Caron has been fencing competitively for 19 years and has become one of world’s top fencers for her age.

She said: “It’s been a busy couple of months as I’ve been training with younger and faster fencers to help build my fitness. Now I’m looking forward to getting as much training in as possible before the World Championships.”

Luke Newman, Centre Manager at Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre where Caron has been training, said: “It’s been fantastic to follow Caron’s remarkable fencing journey over the years.”

“Caron’s hard work and ambition has definitely paid off. We’re pleased to be able to support anyone looking to join a sport at any level and would encourage them to come to the centre and give it a go.”