Carnoustie High School fencers were in action last weekend at the finale of the five-competition, Scottish Youth Development Fencing Series. Following a seven-week training programme with the High School squad, Burnside Primary pupil Katrina Chatton, above right, made her Under-12 epée debut. Following some early success, Katrina’s opponents began to adjust to her style, and wins became harder to come by. As the knock-out stage approached, Katrina was instructed to change her tactics and went through the semi-final, with a 10-6 win. In the final, Katrina won gold with a cool-headed defeat of the more experienced, overall series champion.
In the Under-17 competition, Caitlin Philbin had to be satisfied with silver, following defeat to the overall series winner.
The Under-14 competition knock-out stages followed. Gina Fenton was first up and produced an excellent display of bladework on the way to her bronze medal. Hannah Marshall was in fine form, defeating one member of the current Scotland Junior squad early in the competition. In the final, Hannah faced the daunting prospect of an opponent who was already the overall series winner, a member of the Scotland Junior Squad and an opponent who no Carnoustie Under-14 fencer had knocked out before. In a tense, six-minute fight, Hannah produced a tactical masterclass to clinch gold.