Jessica makes her point as Scotland’s youngest-ever fencer

Jessica Corby, Aberdour, fencer
Jessica Corby, Aberdour, fencer

A 16-year-old from Fife has become the youngest ever person to be selected for a Scottish Commonwealth fencing team.

Jessica Corby, from Aberdour, is among the 30 most skiller fencers from across the country chosen to represent Scotland at Commonwealth Fencing Championships, which take place in Largs in November.

Jessica, who will compete in the women’s sabre team, said: “I am so excited to be picked for the team.

“I’ve been fencing since I was eight-years-old and to represent Scotland has always been my dream.

“I knew there was a chance I would be picked for the Commonwealth Games but since I’m only 16 I thought I would have to wait until 2018.

“To have made it this time round feels fantastic and I can’t wait to make my family, and hopefully Scotland proud.”

Chloe Dickson from Glenrothes has also been selected and will compete in the senior woman’s foil team.

Her selection follows some great results including winning four out of the seven Scottish Opens.

Chloe is the youngest member in the woman’s foil and hopes to repeat her double medal success from the Junior Commonwealth Championships in 2012.

She also wished to thank the Rob George Foundation for their support enabling her to compete abroad and replace tired and broken equipment.

Run by Scottish Fencing on behalf of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation, the Championships welcomes full teams from countries including England, Northern Ireland, Australia and Canada as well as Singapore and India.

In addition, smaller entries have been confirmed from Jamaica, Malaysia and Barbados, amongst many others.

Event director, Chris Hyde, congratulated the Scottish Fencers chosen to represent their country.

He said: “Scotland is a hot-bed of fencing talent and I am thrilled with our team who are passionate about both the sport and performing well at this very high level.

“This is a fantastic occasion for both the sport, the participants and for Scotland to demonstrate what each has to offer. Fencing is continuing to grow with increased participation numbers throughout the Commonwealth and this is something we’re keen to encourage more of.”

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