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Sheffield sports vision specialist sponsors GB fencer

Sheffield sports vision specialist sponsors GB fencer


A Sheffield optometrist and sports vision specialist is sponsoring a medal winning fencer from Lancashire.


Alex Gage, who owns practices in Woodseats and Crosspool, is supplying 17 year old silver medallist Phoebe Newton-Hughes withdaily disposable contact lenses.


Phoebe was advised by her coach,Adam Blight, to be assessed by Alex with a view to improving her performance by optimising her sports vision.


Alex,who is one of only a few optometrists to hold a diploma in sports vision,said: "A typical eye exam doesn't test every single vision skill; sports vision testing is more extensive. This is because it evaluates how you use your vision while moving around and interacting with other objects and players."


Phoebe, who started fencing aged 10 and was first selected to fence for England 

aged 12, is delighted with the difference the sports vision assessment has made and is grateful for the sponsorship: "Fencing is an expensive sport, so Alex's contribution in terms of his expertise and help with my contact lenses is extremely valuable."


Coach Adam Blight is equally delighted: "I saw immediate improvements inPhoebe's use of the blade. I really think more fencers should look into this, it really is a neglected part of our sport."

Phoebe fences at Salle Kiss Fencing Club in Bury anddoes strength and conditioning training at Martin Gallyer's Sports Gym. 


Alex and his wife, fellow optometrist Sarah, own practices at Sandygate Lane in Crosspool and Chesterfield Road in Woodseats.




Photo:Alex Gage and Phoebe Newton-Hughes Alex Gage and Phoebe Newton Hughes


For more information or to arrange an interview with Alex Gage or wife and fellow optometrist Sarah,please contact Tracey Baty at three60 marketing on:


Direct line:01430 871360

Mobile:07971 961574



Notes to editors

  1. Please visit for more information about the extensive services and products that Alex and his wife, and fellow optometrist, Sarah Gage provide at their practices.
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  3. For more information about Phoebe Newton-Hughes, please visit