Dunfermline fencers to carry Olympic Torch Special
Callum O'Donnell from West Fife Fencing club is to carry the Olympic torch through Maybole (South of Ayr) on June 8. Ken Rose, founder of West Fife Fencing Club and well renowned coach is also carrying the olympic torch through Cupar on June 12.
Callum is also going to the world championships
for fencing at the in April in Moscow, representing Great Britain in the foil
tournament, whilst fellow club member, Kate Daykin, fences in the sabre
Callum, who has been at West Fife Fencing Club
since he was just a kipper at the age of 10, claims how excited he is to relay the Olympic torch: "I'm just really proud to be doing. Nice to know the hard work pays off!"
Callum has represented Scotland and Great Britain at both national and international levels. He also goes to Primary schools to engage youngsters in the sport of fencing and promote athleticism.
He said :"I love it. It's great fun and the kids are always up for it."
West Fife Fencing Club have enjoyed their fair share of fame over the years.
Since starting in 2000 at Dunfermline High School, 15 Members of the club have become British champions, 54 have become British championship medallists, and they have a simply mind-blowing 154 Scottish champions.
Ken himself has achieved a large measure of accomplishments over the years. Ken is the current Youth Manager of Scottish Fencing
, appointed 1st March 2012, and he is also part of the British Fencing Expert Coaches Group and one of the coaches involved with the Regional Academy in Scotland. He has been nominated for the services for sports awards as part of the Dunfermline Sports awards system. He was also nominated by the Scottish team for best individual coach award at the UKSG
in Bath in 2009. Ken has been involved as a coach with Scottish teams for the last 8 or 9 years and has travelled abroad with GB squads and teams since 2008.
In regards to Ken and Callum being selected to relay the Olympic torch, Ken's wife, fellow founder and coach at West Fife Fencing club said on her Facebook: "Very proud of hubby Ken Rose who will be carrying the Olympic flame in Cupar on the 12th June and Callum O'Donnell who will also be carrying the flame in Maybole on the 8th June. Lovely to see the hard work both have put into the sport paying off with such a fantastic recognition of their efforts."