Loss fencer Amber Moss claims senior silver at Welsh Open

Amber Moss with Alan Cope, branch manager of sponsors Nottingham Building Society EMN-150911-170644002
Amber Moss with Alan Cope, branch manager of sponsors Nottingham Building Society EMN-150911-170644002

Louth fencer capped her latest British team call-up with one of her best-ever senior results at the Welsh Open on Sunday.

The 18-year-old fought her way past higher-ranked opponents to a superb second place in the senior foil competition during an energy-sapping day in Cardiff.

The result came just days after her place was confirmed in the Great Britain junior squad for the next World Cup event in Slovakian capital Bratislava later this month.

“We were really happy with the result,” she said. “I was going for a top eight and had to knock out some number one ranked seniors along the way.

“It tested the stamina. I started at 9 in the morning and didn’t stop until 7 at night.

“The result was a massive confidence boost going into Bratislava at the end of the month.”

Amber, who has just begun a degree course at Lincoln University, had to come through five fights in the pool stages and another five rounds of direct elimination.

She added: “I had to fence people who had beaten me before which was satisfying and had a lot of comebacks as well where I won fights from being 7-0 down and 9-3 down.

“It was one of the best results I have had in senior competition.”

Amber, who is supported by the Louth branch of Nottingham Building Society and Clark Hearsey chartered accountants, returned to international duty in September at the Junior World Cup series in Romania.

And this weekend she faces another national event where she will attempt to qualify for a third World Cup event in Lyon, France.

“I got down to the round of 128 at Timisoara which was a brilliant experience,” Amber said.

“It wasn’t as high as I wanted, but it was a good result. We are not looking for results this year, just building up the experience.

“I have another year left in the juniors so will be looking to reach the top for Britain then.”