FENCING: SCHOOLGIRL Katherine McLeod is making a name for herself in international fencing.
The 15-year-old has to juggle her time spent as a pupil at Darland School, Rossett, and her commitments to the sport she took up when she was nine.
For the last six years she has trained twice a week with Wrexham Fencing Club at Darland Sports Centre.
In that time she has defended her Welsh Championship title four times and is now a member of both the senior and junior Welsh squads.
During the last year, Katherine, who lives at Holt, has competed in adult competitions and is ranked eighth in the UK.
Success at home means she is often selected to represent Wales and Great Britain in international competitions.
She has just returned from Slovakia where she represented Great Britain as a member of the U17 squad. And later this month she will be in Germany, again with the GB team.
Katherine took part in Saturday's Welsh Open as one of the youngest competitors and finished 49th out of 74.
In January she will be representing Wales in the British Youth Championships.
Chris Hughes, the headteacher at Darland School, said: 'Katherine has a lot of talent and she works hard for her deserved success. I know her parents are enormously proud of her, as are we at Darland.'