“Six of the Best” For Newham Swords

Newham Sword’s younger fencers followed in the footsteps of their older team-mates when they took top honours at the Academy Cup and Bristol National Junior Leon Paul Event, both held last weekend.

 At the Academy Cup (held last Saturday), Emeliya Lukaite and Aiste Dambrauskaite took gold and silver respectively in the U12 Girls Age Group, whilst team-mate, Benjamin Urzdal also took gold in the U12 Boys.

 At the Bristol Premier Series National Junior Event (held on Sunday), England International and reigning English Youth Champion, James Page, took bronze in the U15 Boys whilst Rachel Shaw took bronze in the U15 Girls.

 Newham Sword’s sixth and final medal of the weekend came in the U13 Girls Age Group when England International, Alice Campbell, added to the gold medal she won at the Finchley National Junior Leon Paul Event (held last month), by taking silver.

 “It’s great to see our younger fencers doing as well as our older fencers. They deserve all the success they are getting, brought about mainly by hard work and commitment shown in their training, as well as a strong will to win”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.

 Lukaite, Dambrauskaite, Page, Shaw, Urzdal and Campbell are now training hard for the London Youth Games and English Youth Championships, both taking place next month.

2013 British Youth Championships
Front Row (Left to right): Benjamin Urzdal, Emeliya Lukaite and Aiste Dambrauskaite. Back Row (Left to right): Linda Strachan (Swords Manager), Alice Campbell, Rachel Shaw and Pierre Harper (Head Coach).
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Newham Swords Return From Cadet and Junior Europeans with a Team Bronze Medal!!

Newham Swords Fencing Club achieved its best ever result when two of it’s international fencers returned from the Junior European Championships with a Team Bronze medal. Kristjan Archer (the GB U20 No 2, and current U20 National and Commonwealth Champion) and Amol Rattan (the GB No 3 and U20 Commonwealth Silver Medallist) made up two thirds of the GB Team which won the bronze on the last hit against Germany. It was a nail biting match at 44-44 but GB were able to secure the last hit and take the bronze. “What a gutsy performance from Amol and Kristjan. They worked so well as a team and gave their all in the match for bronze”, said Newham Sword’s Head Coach, Pierre Harper, (who was also selected as the GB Coach for these Championships).

Other outstanding results at the Europeans came from Rajan Rai (the GB U17 No. 4) who was able to reach the top 40 in the Cadet Individual Event, and from Jai Birch (the GB No. 1) who got the best GB result of the Europeans and came 9th in the Cadet Individual Event.

“I am over the moon with Newham Sword’s first medal in a major junior international tournament. It just goes to show what can be achieved by the fencers given the right support and training. I would like to thank the Mayor for the part which he played in helping the Club’s international fencers financially. Without this support, our fencers would not have even qualified for the Europeans!”, said Club Manager Linda Strachan.

European championships
Left to right: Linda Strachan (Newham Swords Manager), Rajan Rai, Amol Rattan, Kristjan Archer, Jai Birch and Pierre Harper (Head Coach).Newham Swords Return From Cadet and Junior Europeans with a Team Bronze Medal!!


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Newham Swords Follow Their European Bronze Medal with a Top 4 Finish at the Junior Worlds!!!

Three of Newham Sword’s fencers represented GB at the Cadet/Junior Worlds which took place in Porec, Croatia, at the beginning of the month.

Jai Birch, (the GB No 1 Ranked Cadet), got the best GB result by reaching the top 25 in the Men’s Foil Cadet Individual Event (after losing just 15-14 due to cramp), whilst Amol Rattan (the GB No. 3 Ranked Junior) achieved the best GB result by gaining 7th place in the Men’s Foil Junior Individual Event, the best placing by any Asian fencer in the history of the event! Team-mate, Kristjan Archer (the GB No. 2 Ranked Junior), also made the top 16 of the Men’s Junior Individual, meaning that GB were ranked number three for the Team Event.

GB’s quartet of Birch, Rattan, Kristjan (all Newham Swords fencers) and Tofalides were able to beat China in the last 16 of the Team Event, and Hungary in the last 8 before narrowly losing 45-41 to the USA (the number two ranked team) in the semi-finals. Having given their all against the Americans, the GB Team then fenced Russia in the fight off for bronze but were unable to recover fully from their match against the USA. The GB Team lost 45-38 to the Russians but got their best ever team placing of fourth at a Junior Worlds.

“I am so proud of the fact that three of the GB Team were Newham Swords fencers who got GB’s best results in both the Cadet and Junior Individual and the Team Event”, said Head Coach (and GB Coach), Pierre Harper. “It has been a remarkable season for these young and talented fencers, bearing in mind that they also took a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s Foil Team Event at the Junior Europeans, held in Hungary last month”, added Linda Strachan, Swords Club Manager (who was also selected as the GB Team Manager for the Junior Worlds.

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Newham Swords Set New National Club Record at British Youth Championships

Newham Swords set a new national club record at the weekend when seven of its fencers won medals in five different categories, at the British Youth Championships, held in Sheffield.

In the U12 Age GroupEmeliya Lukaite took bronze in the Girls Category whilst Benjamin Urzdal came 10th in the Boys.

In the U14 Age Group, England International, James Page, took silver in the Boys Category whilst team-mates, Rachel Shaw and Alice Campbell (also an England International) took silver and 7th place respectively in the Girls.

In the U16 Age-Group, GB International, Kamal Minott, and England International, Cameron Nicholas, gained a silver and bronze repectively in the Boys Category whilst GB Internationals Katrina Feklistov, Cieran Archer, Alan Lozovik and a came 10th, 7th and 6th respectively.

Newham Swords final medals of the weekend came from the U18 Boys when GB International, Rajan Rai took the sliver and Jai Birch (the current GB U17 No. 1) took the bronze.

“What a great set of performances from our talented young fencers who have trained hard for this Event”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper. “This is the perfect warm-up for the London Youth Games and the English Youth Championships, both taking place next month”, added Club Manager, Linda Strachan.

Newham Swords BYC team
Front Row (Left to Right): Cameron Nicholas, Alice Campbell, Rachel Shaw, Emeliya Lukaite, Benjamin Udrzal, James Page. Back Row (Left to right): Linda Strachan (Club Manager), Cieran Archer, Katrina Feklistova, Alan Lozovik, Rajan Rai, Jai Birch and Pierre Harper (Coach).
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