On guard!

BLADES were flashing at Alnwick Castle, when local schoolchildren took part in a day of fencing competitions as part of National School Sport Week.

Organised by North Northumberland School Sports Partnership, pupils from Lindisfarne Middle School, the Duke’s School and Barndale School took part and were given a demonstration by fencing and pentathlon coach Iain Aberdeen and Team GB under-17 squad member Andrew Dixon.

“We’re delighted to be able to give children an opportunity to experience fencing in such a prestigious environment and hopefully it will encourage some of them to take up the sport,” said Iain. “They have all worked extremely hard, both here and at the earlier coaching sessions held at their schools, and they have performed well.”

The winning school was Lindisfarne and pupil Wil Archbold was crowned winning boy, with Lexi Bee from the Duke’s taking the girls’ prize.

Ten-year-old Levi Taylor also proved that fencing is a sport for all, by winning every one of his bouts to take the prize for Barndale, even though he is in a wheelchair.