Published: 06/12/2013 09:07 - Updated: 06/12/2013 09:35

Callum celebrates triple success

Written byHazel Lawson

A MORAY teenager is celebrating triple success in the Scottish Secondary Schools Fencing Championships.

Scottish schools’ under 16 boys champion Callum Sutherland.
Scottish schools’ under 16 boys champion Callum Sutherland.

Callum Sutherland (15) clinched all three weapons categories in the competition held at Linlithgow Academy.

The Elgin Academy pupil competed against 30 others from across the country to win the under 16 boys’ foil, epee and sabre titles.

Callum was also awarded the Master of Arms Trophy for amassing the most points in his age group.

He said: “I was pleased to win the foil final 15-3 and the epee final 15-9, but was quite shocked to come in narrowly ahead by winning the sabre title 15-14 in my second only sabre competition.

“I was proud to represent my school and next year I look forward to trying to win the senior boys’ epee title that one of my coaches, Robin Paterson, won way back in 1988 when he was a pupil at this school.”

Although Callum was the only representative from the secondary taking part, his domination single handily meant that Elgin Academy finished third in the best boys’ school category.

Callum, who is coached by Mark Lauchlan and Robin Paterson at the Elgin Duellist Fencing Club, joins an elite group of only five fencers who have won all three categories in the age group since 1975.

Mr Paterson said: “By being the reigning under 16 Scottish Youth Development Series Foil Champion, Callum was always the favourite to win gold at this weapon but to win the epee and sabre titles as well is an outstanding achievement.

“Callum is athletic and naturally talented but by winning at all three weapons really does show his potential at this sport, especially when you consider that some of the names in the past, who have also achieved this feat, have gone on to compete internationally for the UK including at the Olympic Games.”

The fencing club meets every Thursday during term time at Elgin Academy from 6.30-8pm.

It is aimed at young people aged 12 and upwards.

For more information on the club call Mr Paterson on 01343 541302.

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