Blades of glory for fencer Chloe

Chloe (right) is pictured with Ruth Clarke and Georgia Hannay.
Chloe (right) is pictured with Ruth Clarke and Georgia Hannay.

A TEENAGER turned in a strong performance at a major fencing event, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Chloe Dickson competed at the Junior Commonwealth Championships for the under-20 age group, taking bronze in the individual foil.

The 16 year-old was also the highest-placed Scot in the individual women’s sabre, finishing seventh, and was part of the national team which took fifth place in the same event.

The week-long event was held in Jersey earlier this month and featured 200 fencers from 14 countries.

Coach and father, Alan McCallum, said the Glenwood High School pupils had been training hard since being selected, with the help of himself and fellow coaches John Mckenzie, Bob Jamieson and Paul Neil-Mclauchlan. He added: “She was originally selected to fence in the individual and women’s team foil, but later was also asked to do the same in the women’s sabre competitions.

“In the foil, Chloe’s preferred weapon, she won third place, only losing one fight all day to fellow Scot Ruth Clarke in the semi-final - the final was won by other fellow Scot Georgia Hannay. “This event was dominated by Scotland, which put them into first place for the team event.

“Scotland’s women’s foil team started of with a bye, then beat India in the semi-finals 45-34, and went onto victory by beating Singapore in the final 44-26.

“Chloe is over the moon with her two medals from her first Junior Commonwealths, and is performing really well at Great Britain senior level and she is now ranked 18th - moving up to 12th at the end of the month - in the GB senior women’s foil, which has her in sixth, moving to 5th, place in Scotland, so with a lot of work the Senior Commonwealths in 2014 could be a possibility.