Connie Adam brings down the curtain on her worldwide endeavours

PUBLISHED: 13:37 31 May 2017

Connie Adam impressed in her last fencing competition abroad in Italy. Picture: Maurice Gray

Connie Adam impressed in her last fencing competition abroad in Italy. Picture: Maurice Gray


Norfolk’s fencing veterans were in action at the weekend in Chiavari, Italy.

It was the redoubtable Norfolk Fencing Club, Connie Adam’s last international event, bringing a conclusion to her worldwide pursuit of fencing medals. It was not ambition that eventually failed her, it was the fact that at 89 years of age the physical effort of getting all of her equipment to and from the competitions was becoming too much.

Latterly Connie fenced with the sabre. This level of competition requires a minimum of three sabres, and various spares along with the mask and heavy protective clothing, plus a large fencing bag (approximately 13kg). Connie managed a creditable 10th place, once again fencing many individuals much younger than herself.

Connie does not intend retiring completely and will participate in local competitions.

On this occasion Tracy Russen of Affondo Fencing Club and Holbrook where she is coached by Professor Bob Bales took part. This was her first international competition where she also fenced sabre and came 26th. Any competition is daunting but this event took place over four days and 1470 fencers competed in a range of events involving foil, epee and sabre divided into a number of different age bands, the youngest being 40 years of age groups.

Mick Meyer, a silver medallist at the veteran’s Commonwealth Championships in New Zealand in 2016, had to with draw at the last minute.

Meanwhile, Julie Henson, the Long Stratton women’s epeeist, is readying herself for a competition in Malmo, Sweden next weekend in the ‘Nordic Challenge’.

Julie aims to participate in as many international events as she can afford to gain experience with which to pursue ranking points in the hope she will be selected to represent Great Britain in the Commonwealth Championships in November 2018.

Julie was briefly ranked the Great Britain number one but this position is difficult to defend with limited resources and she has slipped back to sixth.

The Norfolk Fencing Club meets at the Sportspark at the UEA on Wednesday evenings 7,30pm until 9.40pm. Beginners classes are available. For more information visit

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