Fencer Viv's Paralympic dream needs a little help

Chichester Fencing Club are staging a fenceathon at the city's Westgate Leisure Centre this Sunday.

Saturday, 27th November 2010, 12:56 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:59 pm

The aim is to try to raise enough money to buy a wheelchair for disabled fencer Viv Mills to train in.

Viv took up ther sport only a couple of years ago but has already won a wide range of national and international honours. She is hoping to represent GB at the 2012 Paralympics.

She has just come seventh in the world championships and has stunned everyone with just how successful she has become.

Sharon Blackman, of the Chichester club, said: “Because Viv is selected for the Paralympics in 2012 she needs all the help we can give to give her the best base to try to aim towards winning a medal at the games.

“But without another wheelchair for us to train in, the chances of success are severely hampered.

“We are going to fence for about 11 hours between us and I have issued a personal challenge to all my fencers to see if they can beat the time I intend to fence for!

“The longest bout a match usually takes is only nine minutes and I intend to fence for several hours non-stop, so sponsors for this would be wonderful.”

Anyone is welcome to drop in at the Westgate to watch some of the action on the day.

And Sharon wants to hear from potenital sponsors for the wheelchair fund. She can be contacted on 
01243 822753 or at [email protected]