MP Gibb's not sitting on the fence over fencers

MP Nick Gibb went to watch top local fencers in action at The Arena Fencing Club in Bognor.

Monday, 7th March 2016, 6:00 pm
Updated Thursday, 7th June 2018, 6:30 pm
Nick Gibb with Isaac Jolley and Sharon Blackman

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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