Will Deary from Lower Sixth has been awarded one of only six bursaries allocated to elite fencers between U20 to senior level.
This is part of the pathway which is aimed at assisting and supporting high achieving fencers with the aim of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics. This bursary now means that all of Will’s competition, training, travel and physiotherapy expenses will be paid for.
Will said: “This is such a great opportunity for me and my goal of being an Olympian. It takes the pressure off having to worry about how to pay for all of these things and I can just focus on the training and fencing”.
Will has also been awarded a BOA pass which gives him free access to gyms, training venues and sports performance support.
Lucy Jupp, Teacher in Charge of Fencing at Truro School, said: “It is great news that Truro School’s Will is considered by UK Sport, the BFA and the BOA as a fencer who has all the skill sets needed to be a future Olympian, joining Truro Fencer James Honeybone and Sir Ben Ainslie as former pupils who are Olympians.”
In other Fencing news, at the Wroclaw Challenge in Poland in March Jamie Craze came 6th out of a field of 135 in the U15 sabre event, with Bertie Holdsworth 32nd and Alex Boote 43rd. In the U13 sabre event which had 100 competitors Luke Haynes finished 15th with Henry Hurst 61st and Sam Boorne 64th.