23rd January 2019 — Year 8 Aldwickbury School boy, Jacob Barr, has been selected for the U13 England sabre squad, and will join them when they go to Poland in March.
Jacob, aged 12, is currently ranked eighth in his age group in the country. He has been a pupil at Aldwickbury School since 2010, and started fencing in Year 3 as an extra-curricular activity with the Paul Davis Fencing Academy.
Jacob Barr hopes that his selection for the U13 England sabre squad is a step towards his dream of one day competing at the Olympics. He said: “I was really pleased to receive the news that I had been selected for the U13 England sabre squad. Fencing has helped with my fitness and enabled me to make new friends.”
Eddie Panting, Director of Sport at Aldwickbury School said: “At Aldwickbury we believe there is a sport for everyone to enjoy. It is inspiring to see that Jacob has pursued his passion to a high level and it reaffirms our commitment to provide a broad and balanced sporting offering for the boys to give them the opportunity to participate a variety of activities and foster a love of physical activity.”
Vernon Hales, Headmaster at Aldwickbury School said: “Congratulations to Jacob. As a school we are really proud of him and wish him every success as he heads to Poland representing England.”