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Thursday 2 October 2014

Local Heroes Award winner: Fiona Haldane

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 14th January 2013 - Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards at the Ramada Hotel3.Local Heroes Award   - Fiona Haldane Fiona Haldane receives her award from Nick Harkness, Sport Northern Ireland Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
Ballyclare High School
Janice McGeagh, Wendy Houvenaghel and Todd Kelman

Fiona Haldane is the type of inspirational person that Northern Ireland sport needs. At 62, the Ulster woman is still competing as a top fencer, becoming the Northern Ireland and Irish Women's Epee champion in 2012.

In what was a highly successful year for the Grosvenor Fencing club member, she also won a bronze medal at the World Veteran Fencing Championships in Austria.

That fabulous result, of course, reflected well on the club and Fiona herself. She never misses a training session and, importantly, is always willing to coach and advise younger fencers in her discipline, whatever their age or ability.

Determined to keep herself fit, Fiona has been known to cycle over 30 miles on a Saturday afternoon and enter a fencing competition the next day —and win it.

The biology teacher also finds time to sing in her church choir.

Fiona is quite a lady – a real Local Hero.

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