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3 February 2010 / Fencing Is Way Forward For Teresa

The fourteen year old, from Llandovery in Wales, was selected for the Academy as she qualified in the top ten Under 17 fencers in the UK. She will take part in training sessions in February, March and August.

Training with Truro Fencing Club after school three times a week, Teresa uses the sabre in a discipline that uses the fastest of all fencing weapons.

Teresa's parents, Maria and Janusz Norejko, are delighted that she has made the squad.

Maria, her mother, said, "Her achievement reflects the continued efforts and teamwork of Truro Fencing Club coaches and organisers as well as Truro High School who have been so wonderfully supportive of Teresa this competition season.

"Teresa is a boarder at the school which means that she doesn't have to leave the city and can train at one of the UK's top fencing clubs with the support of top coaches."

Caroline Pascoe, headmistress at Truro High and a former British Olympian, is extremely proud of Teresa's achievement.

She said: "Competitive sport is central to the ethos of our PE Department and we make every effort to accommodate our pupils in all sports. As a former Olympic athlete I know that sport requires a great deal of commitment and determination - especially when you are combining it with a busy school day. We have strong links with the local fencing club and make it a priority to get Teresa to her training sessions each week."

Teresa has been fencing for five years and is currently in the top 3 of her age group in the UK. Each year the top 4 are selected for the European and World Cadets Team, which would be her ultimate dream.

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