An Olympic fencer has been made into a legend as part of a campaign to inspire people to do the extraordinary.

Clare Halsted and her Finchley Foil club is featured in the National Lottery Legend series which has been made by students with the British Film Institute (BFI).

Clare, who competed for Team GB at the 1972 and 1976 Olympic Games, set up the club to pass on her skills to a new generation.

They teach mini fence to children aged five to eight and cater for other age groups up to 18.

Clare’s story was selected by young Haringey film maker Christopher Chanudom, who is a graduate of the BFI’s educational programmes which are supported by National Lottery funding.

During the project Christopher was mentored by documentary director Adeyemi Michael.

Christopher’s film entitled ‘Behind the Mask’ was premiered at a special screening at the BFI Southbank attended by BAFTA award winning director Lucy Cohen, Dunkirk actor Charley Palmer Rothwell, leading film critic Rhianna Dhillon and a host of leading figures from the film industry.

Christopher said: “I have known Clare for more than 10 years and I am a former student of hers at the Finchley Foil club. It has an incredible track record; producing three Olympians since it was established in 1992.

“Clare is a former Olympian herself, and uses her enthusiasm and love of the sport to open up fencing to a new audience and generation.”