Norfolk's outstanding woman epeeist, Julie Henson of Long Stratton has made a good start to the new year with a win at the Cambridge Winter Tournament at the weekend.
Julie, who is currently ranked in the top 10 nationally, has her sights firmly set on representing Great Britain in the forthcoming Commonwealth Games fought her way through a strong field to eventually take a victory 15 - 9 over French fencer, Sophie Saudo, currently a member of the Leon Paul Epee Club.
Julie will go in search of more crucial points at international events commencing next weekend in Stockholm and in February in Bratislava followed by Barcelona. Julie has received some sponsorship in 2017 from the Sportspark but mainly has to fund her participation in these events herself.
Also taking part in the tournament were men's sabruer Ben Bone of the UEA and sabruse Tracy Russen of local Norwich club, Affondo, both were eliminated in the first round of the direct elimination but still secured credible 10th places overall.
Norfolk Fencing Club (www.norfolkfencingclub.co.uk) meets at the Sportspark on Wednesday evenings 7.40 p.m. - 9.40 p.m. Trial sessions can be accommodated and beginner's courses are offered throughout the year.
Photo of the podium L - R Sophie Saudo - Leon Paul, Julie Henson - Norfolk Fencing Club, Eleanor Taylor - Cambridge and Elsa Phillipson - Loughborough University. Photograph courtesy of Mariette Mason