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Ellen Robbins Wilkinson

Ellen Robbins Wilkinson.

The 15-year-old, from Bradwell, is British U16 Women's Sabre Champion. She is on the British Fencing Talent programme for Sabre. She has recently spent time on fencing Training Camps in Truro, Perth and Stratford and is heading to a three day Talent Inspiration programme at Loughborough University shortly.

She competes internationally four to five times a year for the British Cadet Team on the European under 17 circuit and was in the top three for under 17 at the end of the season, so she was one of three selected to represent GB in the European Championships. She trains hard four nights a week, while juggling GCSE's, which takes a lot of commitment on her part, particularly as it takes over an hour to get to training.

Ellen said in 2015: "I train four nights a week after school - two nights at the Manchester Fencing Centre in Oldham with my sabre coach Stuart Marshall and two nights of athletics training at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield with my sprint coach Lee Walker.

"I have, in the last few weeks, achieved my ambition to get into the British Team. In the British team I am fighting in international competitions at a level two age groups above my own. It is very challenging, but a fantastic experience. Competing for Britain is amazing and I am learning so much.

"My strengths are my speed and my footwork. This year I would like to keep working on my technique, my counter attacks and scoring hits going backwards. I am gaining as much competition experience as I can.

"I would like to establish a good international ranking and intend to fight for a gold medal in the British Championships in 2016.

"My long term ambitions are to compete and achieve a medal in the Junior Commonwealth Championships and then the Commonwealth Championships. I would like to be selected to compete for a medal in the Olympic Games."