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FENCING: Club's success is sealed with a Kiss
A FENCING club which moved to Bury a year ago has enjoyed a series of outstanding results in the sport.
Coach Robert Kiss, a former Hungarian Olympian, moved the Salle Kiss Fencing Club to Bury Grammar School in January 2012 and now up to 60 local youngsters a week are participating in the sport locally.
Leading the way for the youngsters is the coach’s own son, Daniel Kiss, aged 14, who represents England in the individual and team event in the foil in an international event in Paris at the weekend.
From there he progresses to the under-17s European Fencing Championships before advancing to Croatia for the world championships.
The youngster, also a pupil at Bury Grammar School, is also a past British champion at u12s and current u14s title holder.
He is currently the number one ranked fencer (foil) at u15s level and third in the u17s.
His mother, Natalia Gyuricska, also a fencing coach, hailed the support of Bury Grammar and local family business, Stormguard and Spiral Colour printing company, for helping to make the fencing club a success.
“We are trying to raise the profile of the sport locally,” she said. “The club is going from strength to strength, thanks to the support of the school and our sponsors.”
The club forms part of the North West fencing organisation, which runs a series of junior competitions across the region.
The club recorded outstanding regional and national success across all age groups in 2012.
Alexandra Fitton finished second in the u18s in the British Youth Championships.
Kiss took the Leon Paul Junior Series title at u15s while Rachel Jones was champion at u11s level.
Alex Home and Ben Houghton were third in the u9s boys and Sydney Williams Howe finished third in the u9s girls.
In the England Youth Championship, Kiss was runner-up in the u15s boys while Jones was third in the u11s girls.
U11s Phoebe Hewton-Hughes and Dominic Kwong won the girls’ and boys’ North West Junior Series title with Jones and Amy Home second and third, respectively.
Benedict Allmand-Smith finished runner-up in the u15s boys.
In the University Team Championship, Matthew Fitton won the Cambridge Varsity and Glasgow Open. Tom Corlet as did Alexandra Fitton, in addition to the Wrexham and Leeds Open titles. Kiss also won the Wrexham Open.