FENCING: Custodians in safe hands as Tom takes reins

Family affair: Fencing aces Tom Bayston (left) and Andie Bayston. Photo supplied
Family affair: Fencing aces Tom Bayston (left) and Andie Bayston. Photo supplied

THE future of fencing in Spalding is in safe hands after long-serving coach Andie Bayston decided to keep it in the family.

After 17-years coaching Custodians Fencing Club’s juniors, Andie has handed over the reins to his nephew Tom Bayston.

The junior section will now come under the banner of Tom’s fencing business Spalding’s Swords, which also runs as the Custodians development arm – specialising in open days, schools and scouts events.

All juniors will still have strong links to the Custodians and will continue to have full access to all the Fencing equipment.

Multi-talented Tom learnt the basics of fencing with the Custodians, but honed his skills at Aberystwyth University.

At the end of his course he was awarded one of 18 College Colours by the University for his dedication and success.

He has since become a qualified Sabre coach and passed his Welsh fencing exams to become a Level One foil and epee coach – and also found time to be an extra in the Disney movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

He is a registered coach with the national governing body of fencing, the British Fencing Association and the regional governing body of England Fencing, and is also a full member of the British Academy of Fencing.

Anybody interested in finding out more about the new junior section should visit www.spaldingsword.co.uk or email thomas.bayston@hotmail.co.uk, with those aged between seven and 13 welcome.

For everybody else, Andie will continue to coach the cadet and senior members of the Custodians on Friday evening (8.30pm–10.30pm).

Details of the senior section of the club can be found on their web page by visiting www.custodiansfencingclub.co.uk