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Fencing ace sets his sights on Team GB

PUBLISHED: 11:23 29 April 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 23 August 2010

OLYMPIC HOPES:Cameron Prior.

OLYMPIC HOPES:Cameron Prior.

A YOUNG fencing star hopes to represent his country after winning a national competition. Cameron Prior, of Priestwood Road, Harvel, battled through three qualifying stages and the final to win the under-13 Elite Junior Epee Series. The 12-year-old Grav

A YOUNG fencing star hopes to represent his country after winning a national competition.

Cameron Prior, of Priestwood Road, Harvel, battled through three qualifying stages and the final to win the under-13 Elite Junior Epee Series.

The 12-year-old Gravesham Fencing Club member said: "I'm very pleased as I didn't really expect it.

"It's the biggest competition I've competed in so far and to win it is great for me and the club."

In the first round of the final at Leatherhead, in Surrey - featuring the eight top-ranked epeeists over the season - Cameron won four of his seven fights to rank in fifth place before finding his form in the knockout stages.

He fought William Woodley, of Millfield Prep School, winning 15-8, and now dreams of going on to represent Britain.

He added: "To fence around the world for Team GB would be very nice. And who knows, I may even make the Olympic team!"

Cameron, with fellow club members Joe Joyner, Jo Knights, Olivia Dove and Thomas Golby, also qualified for the British Youth Championships in Sheffield in May.

Club official Scott Greenwood said: "Cameron is the latest in a long line of our young fencers competing at the highest level. It's great for the club."

Others who have come through the ranks include Miles Gandolfi, a Commonwealth youth games silver medallist, Taran Nicholls, a Great Britain senior epee team member, and Peter Barwell, a top-ten finalist at the Junior World Championships.

Gravesham Fencing Club meets from 6.30pm to 9.30pm on Fridays at Cygnets Leisure Centre, in Old Perry Street, Northfleet, where professional coaching for all ages and abilities is provided.

Beginner courses are held each term for just £3 a session, including all equipment and coaching.

To find out more, contact club secretary Catherine Gandolfi on 01689 831826 or visit www.graveshamfencing.org.uk.

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