British Youth Champions 2016
The British Youth Championships 2016 were held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield with 1200 young athletes competing over 3 days. In the sabre events, Salle Ossian dominated throughout. On Day 1, Elsie Llewellyn of Breadalbane Academy, Aberfeldy didn't lose a fight all day, including her nail biting 15-14 semi-final win. She is the British under 14 Champion and the first girl from Aberfeldy to win a national sabre title. Day 2 was all about Jess Corby, senior and junior Commonwealth and British title holder. She powered her way to a 15-4 win in the final to become the British u18 Champion. And it was to be a hat-trick for Salle Ossian on Day 3 with Rory McLellan of Perth High School in the under 14 boys. Rory had a shaky start, dropping two of his five qualification poule fights. Meanwhile, club-mate Sam Freeman of Kinross High School had a 5-0 start to the day and went into the direct elimination stage as top seed. Both boys progressed well in tough direct elimination bouts only to meet each other in the last 16. By this time, Rory had found his stride and went on to become British under 14 Champion. Head coach Phil Carson says, "This might be something of a record for Scottish Fencing to have three sabre golds at the British Youth Championships in one year. We are all bursting with pride for them."
Rory McLellan is the British U14 Champion
Elsie Llewellyn is the British U14 Champion
Jess Corby is the British U18 Champion