Young fencing star 15-year-old Rose Grimshaw from Didsbury was selected to represent Great Britain in a fencing tournament in Copenhagen over the weekend of 13-14 December. It was an invitation which allowed Rose to compete in youth fencing at the highest standard organised in Europe.
Rose has been fencing for six years, and regularly trains at Stockport Sword Club and Stockport Tigers. She ranks 11th in the country for her age group and is now competing in the under-17s cadet events which are organised by British Fencing as part of its national selection and development programme.
Rose has many challenges in fencing ahead, but is making sure her GCSE studies at Manchester High School for Girls are not affected. She said: “I am training slightly fewer times a week because of my GCSEs. However, the training is now much more intense and I get to compete against older fencers. On top of the fencing training, I have to do core and fitness exercises every day.’