FENCER George Morris is setting his sights on international honours after climbing the podium twice at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games.
The 14-year-old from Wrexham headed to Sheffield for the School Games, a major multi-sport event that saw more than 1,600 young athletes compete across 12 sports.
But despite the sheer numbers in attendance, George ensured he stood out from the crowd as he represented Wales in the epee competition.
A pupil at The Bishop Heber High School in Malpas, George kicked things off by winning four of his seven pool matches on Friday before getting the better of Welsh team mate Keir McGillivray in his first knockout clash the next day.
He then got the better of Scotland’s Thomas Hoffman in his quarter-final but couldn’t find a way past eventual champion William Grealey of England and was forced to settle for bronze.
After climbing the third step of the podium in the Steel City on Sunday too as part of Wales’ boy’s epee team in the colours of Wales, Morris is hoping to one day add white and blue to that red and earn his Team GB stripes.
“I was going for gold like any fencer or any competitor would but it’s a good result considering my age,” he said.
“I’m only 14 and I lost to the overall winner and he’s about 18. The pressure was off because of that but I still put it on myself.
“I’ve only competed for Wales so far. It would be great to get into the GB squad and it would be another step up from where I am at the moment.”
Despite having his individual hopes dashed by George, Keir McGillivray joined forces with his team mate to get in on the medal action as he was also part of Wales’ bronze medal-winning side.
The 17-year-old Wrexham Fencing Club member admitted he had to pinch himself after marking the trip to Sheffield with a medal.
“The team event went really well and we managed to pick up a medal which was great because we lost our first match by just one point and we bounced back,” he said.
“Getting third and getting a medal was just amazing and I didn’t really come in with expectations so to come away with something is fantastic and is a really good confidence boost for the rest of the year.”
The Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was held in venues across Sheffield from September 12-15. Visit www.2013schoolgames.com for more information.