Rajan Rai (GB Number 1) and Jai Birch (GB Number 2) both gained selection for the Junior European Championships which took place in Slovenia in March 15.
Jai Birch and Rajan Rai, World Championship qualifiers 2015
Whilst Raj performed well in the Junior Men’s Foil Team Event, Birch got the best GB result of the Championships by reaching the top 32.
Birch was able to win five out of six fights in the first round and his direct elimination fight in the last 64 before being defeated by a top Bulgarian fencer in the last 32 stage of the competition.
Both Rai and Birch have now been selected for the Junior World Championships which wil take place in Tashkent, Ubekistan, next month (April 15).
Raj and Jai action shot Credits:David Baker (C) 2015
Newham Swords added to its increasing medal haul when GB U20 No 1, Rajan Rai, took the U20 National Foil title at SportsDock on 15th February after remaining undefeated throughout the day.
Rai had to overcome tough opposition from Swords team-mate and GB No 2, Jai Birch, in the last 8 before beating the U17 National Champion, Dominc Aldameada, in the last 4, and Alex Lloyd (the GB No 3) in the final.
A total of 6 Newham Swords fencers made it to the top 16 but unfortunately knocked each other out of the tournament due to their seedings after the first round.
“This has been a superb season for Raj, after winning gold at the UK School Games, gold at the Gateshead U20 Tournament and now gold at the GB U20 Championships. He thoroughly deserves his GB U20 number one spot”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.
“We are so proud of what Raj has acheived this season. He has taken a year off after his studies and dedicated his time to training. His results are thoroughly deserved”, added Pierre Harper, Head Coach.