Melissa will now compete for Great Britain with the GBR Cadet team.
She is one of only 15 of the UK’s top young female fencers to earn her place on this prestigious team.
This is the third national call-up for the young fencer who has previously competed with the England U13 and U15 Sabre squads.
This October, she will travel to Godollo in Hungary to compete for Great Britain in the Cadet Circuit International competition. The tournament will see top young fencers from across the world coming together to throw down the gauntlet on an international stage.
She said: “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s the first time I’ve been selected for Team GB and I can’t wait.”
The Year 9 fencer is already racking up valuable points towards earning her place at other international competitions having scooped a bronze medal at the 2019 Cadet National Fencing Championships this weekend.
Proud mum, Allison said: “It’s amazing – unbelievable, really. We are just extremely proud. It’s the first time she’ll be going to an international competition on her own so we’re all going to be watching the live results very closely and cheering her on from home.”
The young fencer is now busy training four times a week for up to 2 ½ hours in preparation the international championships.
Melissa started fencing when she was just six years old using a soft foam sabre. She trains with Truro Fencing Club at the club’s headquarters in town.