GWENT Sword Club member Lyn Robinson won silver and bronze medals at the Commonwealth Veterans’ Fencing Championships in Singapore – for two different countries.
The 53-year-old won bronze for Wales in the team sabre event but picked up a hand injury so decided to drop out of the team for the team foil.
However, when a member of Singapore’s epee team later broke a leg, the host country appealed to other nations to lend them a fencer and Lyn stepped in to help – emerging with a silver medal.
Lyn started fencing at the age of 16 but gave it up when she got married, at 28.
However, once her daughter Elinor took up the sport seriously, she decided to take it up again.
Now a qualified coach and Welsh Fencing’s senior team administrator, she runs an after-school club at the Penarth school where she teaches, as well as training every Monday with Gwent Sword Club in Caerleon.
Earlier this year she was a member of the Gwent Sword Club team which won the Welsh Women’s Team Foil title.
“Going to Singapore was really wonderful,” she said, “a fantastic experience.”
Meanwhile, Lyn’s daughter, who previously represented Wales at the UK School Games, is due to make her senior debut in this year’s Five Nations competition in Dublin next month.
Eighteen-year-old Elinor Robinson has been chosen to fence foil along with Gwent Sword Club fencers Rhys Melia (the UK men’s foil champion) and James Wood-Fisher and former member Olivia Orchart.