MP Gibb’s not sitting on the fence over fencers

Nick Gibb with Isaac Jolley and Sharon Blackman
Nick Gibb with Isaac Jolley and Sharon Blackman
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MP Nick Gibb went to watch top local fencers in action at The Arena Fencing Club in Bognor.

He was invited by coach Sharon Blackman and among those he met was 15-year-old Isaac Jolley, the No1 in Britain for under-16 fencing, who was set to head off to the European Under-17 Fencing Championship and next month will go to the World Under-17 Fencing Championship.

Mr Gibb said: “It is excellent that at The Arena Sport Centre in Bognor, we have a club producing British and hopefully European and world champions.

“The club meet on Wednesdays and currently have 12 members, aged from seven to 18 years. Fencing as a sport is often the preserve of the public schools so it is good to see pupils from local state schools taking part and succeeding in such an unusual sport.”

Photo - From left: Rosie Whittaker, Tara Sallaba, Harry Gray, Nick Gibb, Sharon Blackman BEM, Isaac Jolley, Max Hooper, Josh Briffet, Kathy Evans.

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Fencing as a sport is often the preserve of the public schools so it is good to see pupils from local state schools taking part and succeeding in such an unusual sport.

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