Fencer Kasjan in the medals at School Games

Kasjan - with medals - and his coach Vivian Mills
Kasjan - with medals - and his coach Vivian Mills

YOUNG Kasjan Paszkowski shone in the wheelchair fencing tournament at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester.

Paszkowski and his coach Vivian Mills were given free access to facilities at VK Gym in Bognor before the event, which was a big boost.

As a result, he achieved bronze medals in foil, sabre and epee and fenced with the best young wheelchair fencers in UK.

He had only three days’ training before the competition to prepare himself after returning from a family holiday in Poland.

His stepfather Daniel Nitecki said: “It was very hard work not only for Kasjan, but for his coach, too. She spent a lot of her own time organising everything and helping us to be there.

“She loaned him her own professional wheelchair and fitted a box to it to keep Kasjan’s feet at the correct height.

“She gave great support for our son throughout the competition and for the other wheelchair fencers, too. We’re very, very grateful for her commitment.

“We’re very proud of Kasjan’s achievement, especially when he was the only one rewarded for his determination by Gemma Collis, the 2012 Paralympian, World Cup medallist and British champion.”

Kasjan thanked for their support his coach and Sharon Blackman, who is Chichester Fencing Club head coach, and his fencing teacher and club coach.

At the end of the month, Kasjan will go to Northampton for a training camp with a view to being selected for the junior world championships next year.