Viv is queen of Commonwealth

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Fantastic fencer Viv Frith has won gold and bronze at the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championship in Singapore.

Competing in the women’s sabre category, she faced opponents from Australia, Singapore, England and Wales. Viv, 65, won the gold medal in her age group but even more impressive was her bronze medal in the Open category, across all the age groups.

“It might sound surprising but the bronze was my best achievement,” said Viv, who only started fencing with the Salle Ursa club six years ago.

“I was against some very good fencers and my quarter-final was my finest fight as my opponent was ranked higher than me. I was concentrating so hard, I didn’t realise I’d won!

“I was so proud to be in the semi-finals where the average age was 20 years younger than me and one had only just turned 40.”

Viv was beaten by the eventual tournament winner but she is determined that she will beat them next time.

“It was just amazing to win bronze for the whole competition. I really didn’t expect that. And to take the gold in the my age group.

“I’m very lucky to have the best coach and I’m very grateful to him,” she added.

Her coach, Peter Rome was delighted with Viv’s performance: “Viv is such a worthy winner and I am very proud of her,” he said.

“She has achieved this fantastic result through her commitment and dedication to training and her efforts came to fruition. An inspiration to us all.”

Later this month Viv will be travelling to Austria as she has been selected for the Veteran’s Fencing World Championships.

n As a coach herself, Viv passes on her skills with the Salle Ursa club in Rugby. She runs sessions at Bilton School on Mondays (3.15pm for pupils and 4.15pm for primary age children); Thursdays at Avon Valley School (3.15pm for pupils and 4.15pm for primary age children) and at Harris Sports Centre from 7.30-9.30pm for all age groups aged 8 and over.

For more information visit www.salleursafencing.co.uk or call (01788) 833099.