Swindon cadet sabreur Maisie Bell has been selected to be part of the Southern Region Team for the Cadet Winton 2023. Held in the honour of Sir Nicholas Winton, this very prestigious annual team event pits the 12 GB fencing regions against each other in a team format to see which region has the best fencers. It is a 6 weapon ‘team-event’ where the overall scores of all the weapon teams are combined to reach a grand total. All matches are fenced as a best of 9 fights, the target being 28 fights (or more) to win an ‘overall’ match against another Region. Taking place at Millfield School, Somerset it is only open to the recognised best regional fencers from all corners of the UK. As a team event, Maisie will team up with fellow fencers from the area, some of whom have been opponents in individual events in the past.
It is a great opportunity for her and we can’t wait to get down and support her.
Maisie said “I am super excited to have been selected for the upcoming Cadet Winton 2023. I will be part of the Southern Sabre Team, fighting alongside girls in my age group from this area. I am a little nervous but also really excited to be part of something so big within the fencing community. My sabre work has been something that I have been working hard on this year, so I am looking forward to stepping up to the piste and putting my skills to the test.
This year has been a good year so far. I came second at the Regional Championships, missing out on gold by one point and 1st in the Wiltshire Championships. At the GB nationals, I came within a point of medal and attained my best position in foil, so it’s been a great year of improvement and I am looking forward to 2024”.
Swindon President Neil Bromley said “ We are thrilled with Maisie’s progress this year. She sets herself high targets and then puts in all the hard work to attain them. As well as a gifted competitor she is also a role odel for our younger fencers to look up to – we can’t wait to hear how she gets on”.
Good luck Maisie