GB Number 1, Jai Birch, and fellow GB U20 International, Rajan Rai made history by taking a Team bronze at the 2016 Junior World Fencing Championships, held in France. They fenced with sheer guts and determination to beat the World number 1 ranked junior team, the USA, in the last 8 before losing to the eventual gold medalists, Japan, in the last 4.
Raj and Jai making the semi finals of the Team Event [Click image for larger version]
Jai after getting the winning hit for the team in their fight for the bronze medal.
They then went on to beat Latvia in the fight off for bronze for a fantastic end to their season and junior careers. Rajan and Jai now move on to seniors. Well done Raj and JaI!!
Raj (second left) and Jai (right) with their Bronze Junior World Championship Team
Congratulations also to Newham Swords Head Coach, Pierre Harper, who played a major part in this result having worked hard with Jai for the last ten years and with Raj for the last 6. Pierre can now add this outstanding achievement to the silver medal gained by the GB Men’s Foil Team at the 2010 Cadet European Championships, the bronze medal gained by the GB Men’s Foil Team at the 2013 Junior European Championships, and the gold and silver individuals medals won by Paul Wedge and Tony Bartlett at the 2016 World Veteran Championships – a truly World Class coach!! Well done Pierre!!
Tony Barlett (left) and Paul Wedge with their gold and silver medals from the 2015 World Veteran Championships.
Training Camp July 2016
Led by Olympic Fencers and GB Coaches Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan.
25th – 28th July 2016
Teagan Williams-Stewart took gold last weekend at the Eastern Region Senior Championships and also won the Best Cadet Performance Award. Congratulations, Teagan!
Teagan (second left) – the new Eastern Region Senior Women’s Foil Champion and Best Cadet
Well done to Khalam Contractor who took a bronze medal at the National U10 Championships, held in Shropshire. This performance represents a personal best for Khalam who has now won a total of one gold, a silver and four bronze medals this season. Khalam will now prepare for the Newham LPJS competition taking place next month, and the Newham Junior Series Event, taking place in July.
Khalam with Linda and Pierre after winning bronze at the 2016 U10 British Youth Championships
Newham Swords Fencing Club achieved the best results of any club in the country when four of its members took a total of three golds, a silver and a bronze at the Newham National Junior Series Event, held at Sports Dock.
GB U17 International, Emilija Lukaite, and fellow international, Benjamin Urdzal both remained undefeated throughout the day before winning the U16 Girls and U16 Boys respectively whilst Teagan Williams-Stewart set a personal best when taking the U14 Girls trophy. Yet more success was achieved in the U10 Boys Age group when Tomi Fric took silver (his fourth medal of the season) and Khalam Contractor bronze (his fourth medal of the season so far).
Linda and Pierre with Newham Swords fencers and their trophies. From left: Linda, Teagan, Emilija, Khalam, Tomi, Benjamin, Pierre
“It is great to see our next generation of talented fencers do so well in national junior competitions”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.
Pierre and Linda attended the Queen’s Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace last Sunday.
“It was a lovely experience and nice to meet the Queen again,” said Linda
Linda and Pierre in front of Buckingham Palace
Newham Swords took four trophies last weekend when Amanda Mond won the U14 British Youth Championships in Sheffield, Eleanor Knox won the U14 Academy Youth Cup (AYC) and Tomi Fric took gold in both the U10 and U12 boys categories at the AYC.
“What a fantastic weekend for our younger fencers. The results are thoroughly deserved given the amount of hard work they are putting into their training”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.
Amanda with her trophy and gold medal after winning the U14 girls BYC.
Eleanor Knox won the U14 girls Academy Youth Cup in London
Tomi Fric with his two trophies and medals for the U10 and U12 boys at the Academy Youth Cup.
Once again Newham Swords will be hosting a Summer Leon Paul Junior Series foil competition on Saturday/Sunday 25th/26th June.
Closing date is Sunday 19th June with last entry date (with late entry fee) is Wednesday 22nd June.
Entry fee is £30
There are good catering facilities on site, tiered seating, viewing area and gallery plus free, secure parking.
An armoury service will be available together with fencing merchandise from Fencing Stuff
Fencing Stuff, screen printed T-shirts and other gifts
Newham Swords Club Manager, Linda Strachan, delivered fencing to around 100 school children, as part of the Girls Active Camp. This Camp, run by the Youth Sport Trust, took place at Loughborough University and was a great success.
Newham Swords manager Linda Strachan (center) with some of the girls who took part in the Girls Active Camp
Newham Swords are proud to announce that GB U20 international, Kamal Minott (UK School Games and Junior Commonwealth Gold Medallist), and U17 International, Emilija Lukaite (recently crowned U23 National Champion) have both been selected to represent GB at this month’s U23 European Championships which will take place Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Well done Kamal and Emilija!!
Kamal (center) with Linda and Pierre in July 2015, after winning the BSC U20 Gateshead Qualifier