Young fencers look forward to Largs 2014

Two of Scotland’s young fencing athletes are hopeful that today’s battle with Largs’ giant Viking warrior on the seafront will lead to success one year from now in The Commonwealth Fencing Championships, Largs 2014.

Posing for some action shots on Largs seafront, Chloe Dickson, aged 17 and Tom Hoffmann, aged 17 helped celebrate the launch of the 16th Commonwealth Fencing Championships coming to Largs in 2014, at sportscotland national training centre Inverclyde. The event will also play a key part in the year-long Homecoming Scotland 2014 programme of events, which provide an opportunity to celebrate all that’s great about our country.

The Commonwealth Games is the biggest sporting occasion in the nation’s history and Largs is proud to host the Commonwealth Fencing Championships.

The Commonwealth Fencing Championships will welcome over 400 international visitors amongst 6,000 spectators in the week long competition.

The 1 year countdown launched today with inspiring young athletes taking to Largs coastline and local community and business representatives were invited to learn more about the event and how to get involved.

Chris Hyde, Event Director of the Commonwealth Fencing Championships Largs 2014 and President of Scottish Fencing, said: “We are extremely excited about the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in 2014. Hundreds of fencers from all over the world will be coming to Largs and fighting for their place in the history books. We are going to host a fantastic event that will appeal to everyone, whether they have experienced fencing before or not.”

Sarah Dixon for sportscotland national training centre Inverclyde said:

“We are eagerly anticipating hosting the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014. This six day feast of fencing will feature some of the world’s most talented fencers and provide a unique opportunity for local fencing fans, and those further afield, to enjoy world class competition on home soil. It will also introduce the skills and excitement of fencing to those who have not previously experienced the sport.”

Chloe Dickson said: “I think it’s great that Scotland is hosting the Commonwealth Games and the Commonwealth Fencing Championships next year after the success of the London Olympics in 2012 - this can only be a good thing for sport and getting people involved. Having the Commonwealth Fencing Championships run in Largs, in the same year as the Commonwealth Games will be fantastic. “I’ve always enjoyed coming to Largs to compete in the Inverclyde Open Tournament every year, winning it in 2011. I know the venue and town will be a great place for the championships where fencers will enjoy the event and will show off fencing to the public.

I am hoping to be selected for the Scottish Women’s Foil Team at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships: it’s been a long time aspiration in my fencing career.”

Tom Hoffmann said: “I am very excited about the prospect of the Commonwealth Championships coming to Scotland next year. I am having a fairly successful season so far competing for the British Junior team in Bratislava and Helsinki and think I may have a good outside chance of making the Scotland team. Fencing has been fantastic for me since I took it up six years ago. I have made many new friends; taken part in a wonderful and exciting sport; and travelled to different places. If I made the Scotland team next year it would be the icing on the cake for me!”