A teenager is hoping to advance even further in her sport after being selected for the British Junior Fencing team.
Hannah Nesbitt, a lower sixth form pupil at Kings Priory School in Tynemouth, will represent Great Britain in all four Junior World Cup events this year.
The 18-year-old has been ranked as high as third in the country in the senior 17 to 20 national rankings and was recently third in the Scottish fencing open competition.
Hannah is a seasoned competitor having competed in World Cup events in Bratislava, Slovakia, Burgos, Spain and Austria. Her most recent foreign competition was in Gothenburg, Sweden where she achieved her best ever overseas result.
She narrowly missed out on a medal at the recent British Championships being knocked out by the current number two, but this has not stopped her seeing her long term goal as the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Hannah herself says that she loves training and whilst she was disappointed to miss out on a medal at the recent London Championships her focus remains as strong as ever.
Rob Snow, director of sport at Kings Priory School, said: “We are extremely proud of Hannah and her achievements in fencing and as school will continue to do everything we can to support and nurture her incredible talent. Well done Hannah.”
Hannah trains with the Newcastle Fencing Club at the Gosforth Academy.