European Week of Sport - Michael's Story...

At Scottish Fencing, we are incredibly proud of the work being done by our member clubs to give people the opportunity to try our amazing sport. Clubs are the beating heart of our sport, and we are constantly in awe of the effort being given on a daily basis by the Club Leaders, Coaches and Volunteers. Below is an example of how one of these clubs has made a huge impact on someone’s life…


 

Michael Hawkins began fencing in his 60s after taking is son, Casper, to Elgin Duellist Fencing Club. The club members have created a welcoming environment and encourage people of all ages and abilities to participate in club sessions. Michael was not able to sit at the side for long…

 

“I have gone from being a watching parent, to fencing alongside my son, competing in Club Championships, editing the Club’s newsletter, The Duellist, and becoming Club secretary… all in five very enjoyable years!

 

I would have missed so much had I contented myself with being a parent watcher. Still by far the oldest fencer, age just does not matter! I fence with 8 year olds and the Club’s Scottish Internationals. Very especially, I fence with my son, now 16.

 

My fitness has improved, and I am probably sharper mentally. In fact, just recently my GP said she was delighted I was fencing as it will help stave off dementia and Alzheimers!”

 

Elgin Duellists are one of many clubs in Scotland that Scottish Fencing is proud to support.  Local clubs are the bedrock of our sport, providing opportunities for people of all ages to participate and feel the physical, mental and social benefits in their lives.

 

For more information on your local fencing club, contact Scottish Fencing Club Development Manager, Blair Cremin, at blair.cremin@scottish-fencing.com.