Shortlands teenager to represent England in international fencing tournament
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:00 01 February 2016
Amelia Dudley, 14, will travel to Poland for the Challenge Wratislavia tournament next month
A Shortlands fencer has been selected to represent England at an international tournament.
Amelia Dudley, 14, is one of only 12 girls selected for the squad, who travel to Poland for the Challenge Wratislavia tournament next month.
Fencers are ranked by age weapon - foil, épée or sabre - and gender and Amelia, who has been fencing for three years, will be representing England in the épée event in both individual and team competitions.
A year 10 pupil at Bishop Challoner School, she said: “I opened my Christmas present and there were my stripes.
“My mum had wrapped them up for me as a surprise.
“She has been really supportive, she takes me all over the country to fencing competitions - I couldn’t do it without her.”
Amelia trains four evenings per week with Kate Morwell-Naeve, who is the Head Coach at Invicta Fencing Club in Deal, and she also attends the gym for fitness.
For the last two years Amelia has competed almost every weekend and her dedication to regular performance training has paid off in the selection period for Amelia, securing her place with strong results from competitions around Great Britain.
She says she has ambitions of representing her country at the Olympics in 2020 but right now remains focussed on her upcoming trip.
“We have a good team, but whatever we do it will be an amazing experience,” she said.
“I feel proud to wear my stripes and I am looking forward to competing with the team in Poland.”
Amelia fell in love with the sport after joining the fencing club at school, which has a history of success in producing fencers.
Headteacher Paula Anderson said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Amelia and we are all very proud of her.
“She is an inspiration to all who fence at Bishop Challoner School.”