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Ace Kirby qualifies for world championships - Standard - 12th March 2004

Rising star, Peter Kirby has won a place in the British team for the World Youth Fencing Championships in Bulgaria next month.
The 19-year old, who trains at the sabre centre of excellence run by his coach, Peter Rome, at King Edward VI School in Stratford, will be aiming to build on his fabulous emergence in the sport at the event in Plovdiv
Kirby won fame last year by fighting through all six rounds of the BBC's reality TV show Born to Win to make the final.
Out of more than 5,000 contestants to find the fittest young men in



Peter Kirby's coach Peter Rome takes another of his successful classes at KES
Photo courtesy of Stratford Journal


Britain, he came fourth and show mentors Sally Gunnell and Colin Jackson - both Olympic gold medal winners - picked out Kirby as a future medal hope for Britain.
This season Kirby has gained his place in the team after qualifying at two World Cup events in Germany and Spain. He is now ranked in the top 50 in the world and has already finished in the top ten in a World Cup event, beating last year's world No 1 to do it.
Kirby went to Chipping Campden School and comes from the fencing family where his father David, 53, started the centre in Stratford and coached Peter from the beginning.
He has now passed the mantle of personal coach on to Rome, who is another Hungarian trained fencing master. Father David still oversees the training and now runs the British Under-20 national squad and will be the team captain for the coming World Championships.
Kirby plans to go to university this year and, after the Worlds, intends to take a gap year and travel with his friends to Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
But his sporting future is uncertain, even after winning a final place in the Born to Win series, as he has no funding for his training.

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