THE founder of South Holland’s only fencing club is waiting to see whether he has played a part in revolutionising the sport.
Andie Bayston, head coach at Custodians Fencing Club in Spalding, helped to advise on the development of a new handle that could give fencers an edge in competition.
It allows fencers to use self-setting rubber to make their weapons more comfortable to handle and easier to grip.
Andie sent a photograph of his own customised handle to fencing equipment manufacturers Leon Paul, which it has adapted in developing a new product.
“I used to suffer from tennis elbow until I met former European badminton champion Gillian Gilks who showed me how she had made her own racquet handle thicker by wrapping tape round it,” Andie said.
“When I tried it on my fencing handle, it became more comfortable so I sent a photograph to Leon Paul who liked my idea.”
“The new handle isn’t on the market yet but I think it’s incredible for fencing and I hope it does something for the sport.”