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Manx fencer holds his own at commonwealths

Philip Dobson top 20 at junior/cadet champs

A young Manx fencer held his own against the best fencers in the Commonwealth, from five different continents.

Philip Dobson competed at the Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships, at Sport Central in Newcastle - other competitors travelled from Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia.

The 15-year-old from Douglas finished in the top 20 of the junior men’s foil event, 24th in the cadet epee and 28th in the cadet men’s foil competition.

Dobson was the only fencer selected for the Isle of Man, months after earning his first England cap.

Earlier this year, he came seventh in the under 16s epee category of the British Youth Championships.

Dobson's travels have been funded by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's supported sports scheme - allowing him to compete in more than 30 competitions in the UK, Paris and Hungary this season.

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