Freya Jenkins Seaford’s Rising Fencing Star

Seaford's Freya Jenkins in her fencing kitYear 8 pupil Freya Jenkins is not only the Head Girl of Seaford College Prep School, she is a rising star of the fencing world.

She took up fencing at Seaford College, a year after starting the school, because she needed new ideas for after school activities. Since then, she hasn’t looked back: “I stuck to it, and I found out that I could do it quite well.”

Freya was spotted by Seaford’s fencing coach, Sharon Blackman, who runs the Chichester Fencing Club. She suggested that Freya start training at the Chichester Fencing Club, and since then she has been achieving great things.

She came third in the qualifiers for the British Youth Championships, and in the actual competition she was knocked out in the second round by an incredibly narrow margin, losing by only a point. In the Independent Association of Prep Schools Competition (IAPS), another national tournament held at Millfield School, she came an impressive third place in the U14s Girls Sabre. She has also competed in the English Youth Championships in North London.

Freya started with foil, and then moved onto sabre, the most unusual fencing discipline. Sabre is different from other fencing weapons as it is possible to score with the side of the blade, which means that fencers must move quickly and create fast attacks.

Freya is incredibly down to earth about her success. She says she always gets nervous before competitions, but soon gets into it once she starts fencing. She fences twice a week, with one session at Seaford, and a three hour session at Chichester Fencing Club on Friday nights.

Sebastian Rees, Head of Seaford Prep School, said: “At her age, it shows a lot of drive to be self-motivated enough in an individual sport; it’s a lot easier to pursue a team sport.”

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