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FENCING

Waddington are too sharp for the rest

WOMEN'S FOIL WINNER: Fg Off Elsa Phillipson, RAF Akrotiri (also inset below) PHOTO: AC AMBER MAYALL

EN GARDE: Action from RAF Cosford PHOTO: CPL KRISTIAN DAWSON

WADDINGTON'S FENCERS dominated at the recent RAF Championships winning all five men’s disciplines and the male Master at Arms award. The association also held a hugely popular open event at the Shropshire station, attracting more than 300 participants. RAF Fencing’s spokesman SAC Matthew Ives said: “We were delighted with the enthusiasm on show for our three-day championship event, which saw Waddington dominate a field of 30 fencers. While the huge turnout for our open event was also great to see.” The event saw expert coaching from British Fencing for all levels across all three weapons used in the sport: Foil, Epee and Sabre. The cut and thrust of competition began on the second day, with fencers battling for men’s and women’s

RAF Championships RAF Cosford events in all three weapons, along with three and the six-person team competitions. The Master at Arms titles went to SAC Ed Campion and Fg Off Elsa Phillipson (Akrotiri). Phillipson took the women’s Epee and Foil events, while Flt Lt Alex Mailey (Coningsby) took the women’s Sabre, beating Waddington’s SAC Sian Kelly, who also came runner-up in the Foil, while Mailey was pipped to the Epee title. Campion took the men’s Foil, finishing second to SAC Bertie Howard-Hig g ins ( Wa d d i n g t o n ) in the Sabre, while Sqn Ldr Graham Orme (Waddington) took the Epee crown with teammate Flt Lt

SABRE 3RD: Flt Sgt Mark Gumley

SITTING THIS ONE OUT: (l-r) SAC(T) Dom Maxwell, SAC Nadia Arthur, SAC Sian Kelly, SAC Chris Bautista and SAC Michael ‘Goldie’ Goldsmith PHOTO: AC AMBER MAYALL

Will Germany as runner-up. In the Inter-Station Trio, Waddington A prevailed over Waddington B, with Waddington then beating host club Cosford in the team event.

SAC Ives added: “The open also featured civilian fencers and provided a spectacular two days of action. Our next event will be the Fence4All back at Cosford from November 4-7. The event is open

to all members of the RAF Fencing Association.” ■ For updates follow RAF Fencing on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook: @raffencing

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