Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bursary Booster Giving Fawn a Fighting Chance; SPORT NEWCASTLE STEP IN TO OFFER HELP TO TYNESIDE FENCING TALENT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bursary Booster Giving Fawn a Fighting Chance; SPORT NEWCASTLE STEP IN TO OFFER HELP TO TYNESIDE FENCING TALENT

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OLYMPIC fencing hopeful Fawn Lamb is continuing to put her rivals to the sword.

Not only is the 14-year-old from Wallsend an expert swordswoman and a member of Team Northumbria, but she has also just been crowned regional adult epee champion.

She has also received a further boost - a bursary from Sport Newcastle to help towards her Olympic goal.

Presenting her with her cash boost at the Newcastle School Sport Partnership's (NSSP) annual awards, Malcolm Dix, secretary of Sport Newcastle, said: "Fawn is a fine ambassador for the North East.

"Her focus and commitment to weapons sport has already brought her huge rewards in her chosen discipline. I am immensely impressed by her.

"The NSSP's recognition of her achievements and its decision to use Fawn as the figurehead for its forthcoming One of Us campaign highlights a drive to propel successful young sports people like her into the limelight before the Olympics.

"However, training and travelling to competitions abroad are expensive, and it is now our hope she and the other 12 elite NSSP bursary recipients will attract individual sponsorships ahead of the Games.

"They need our support, and I am confident they will do the North East proud."

Fawn, a student at Newcastle's Sacred Heart High School, has been training for just three years with her primary weapon the epee.

Currently ranked 13th out of 84 on the national cadet under-17 rankings, she holds the title of best North East regional female cadet.

She achieved bronze in all three weapons (women's foil, epee and sabre) at last year's North East Regional Fencing Day before winning Gold in her epee specialism.

Fawn has already been asked to fight with the Great Britain squad in Goteborg in Germany, but has not been able to find the money to go. She said: "As I take part in development competitions I earn more points on the rankings. …

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