Linda receives her BEM

On Friday 27th  November 2015 Linda Strachan received her British Empire Medal for services to sport in the community from the Queen’s representative the Lord Lieutenant of London, Kenneth Olisa.

The BEM was awarded in the Queen’s birthday honours last June. It celebrates the tenth anniversary of the founding of Newham Swords, Linda’s tremendous efforts for the club and the achievements of its fencers. Newham Swords has GB’s  No1 and No2 Junior mens foil and other nationally and internationally accomplished fencers.

The presentation was made at the Tower of London in the company of an awesome looking Beefeater. [click images for larger picture]

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Newham Swords to launch a new series of competitions for boys and girls

Competing is the best way to compare skills and for fencers to up their game. Learning from past losses and applying it for future success is a basic life skill.

This new series, run by the Newham Swords team over seen by Olympic fencers Linda Strachan and Pierre Harper, will encourage children to train consistently and measure their performance through the year and, being limited to 4 events, means there is no race to attend the maximum competitions available on the calendar.

With the winners of each competition taking home medals and trophies and the overall winners having their own trophies, children will have lasting memories of their achievements in competitions run to high standards but in a friendly supportive setting.

All competitions will take place at Sportsdock, London, which has excellent facilities and secure parking so that there is no trekking around the country to unfamiliar locations which are a challenge for parents and unsettling for children. Being in a familiar place will enable them to concentrate on the task at hand.

The competitions will take place in January, April, June and November for U14, U12, U10 age groups

Online entry will be available very soon! Dates of the first three in the series are on our Calendar

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Newham Swords hosted their first Team Foil event last weekend

Newham Swords held its first ever LPJS Team Event over the 7th and 8th November. The day was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

37  Under 15, U13 and U11 teams fought for medals together with an U9 competition on the Sunday.

Team events have a special cameraderie about them and these pictures capture some of the moments from the Sunday event. Many of the U9s were competing for the first time and some of the parents had this to say.

I attended your venue for the fencing tournament this weekend with my daughter, she was in the Under 9 category. I felt that I should email to say how impressed I was with the day. Your team of officials where great, friendly and approachable.
I was also happy that you observed the 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.
We enjoyed our day. Thank you.

Thank you so so much for running around yesterday to help kit out my daughter, Lola, for the U9s competition. It was our first competition and despite me not doing my homework properly about what was required, she kept a cool head, you got her sorted and she loved the event.

You had a lot to organise and yet still managed to go home for some breeches, for someone you didn’t even know! Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you again

Here are some pictures from the weekend. (if you can name the unnamed or spot any errors please email

Thank you to Matthew and Linda for the pics

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Newham Swords Sets Another Personal Best!!

Following their outstanding results achieved in competitions over the last month, a total of seven Newham Swords fencers have been selected to fence for GB at the U20 World Cup, which will take place in Bratislava, later this month. GB U17 International and 2015 Commonwealth Games Cadet Bronze Medallist, Rachel Shaw, will fence in the Women’s Foil event as will GB U17 International, Alice Campbell, and Commonwealth Games Team Gold Medallist, Katrina Feklistova.
Jai Birch (the current GB No. 1), Rajan Rai (the current GB No. 2 and U20

Left to Right - Pierre Harper (Head Coach), Ciaran Archer, Rachel Shaw, Alice Campbell and Linda Strachan (Club Manager). Feklistova, Birch, Minott and Rai are absent from the photo
Left to Right – Pierre Harper (Head Coach), Ciaran Archer, Rachel Shaw, Alice Campbell and Linda Strachan (Club Manager). Feklistova, Birch, Minott and Rai are absent from the photo [click for larger image]
British Champion), Kamal Minott (UK School Games and Junior Commonwealth Games Team Gold Medallist), and Ciaran Archer (Junior Commonwealth Games Team Gold Medallist) will all fence in the Men’s Foil Event.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that we have a total of seven fencers selected for this event. Two of them are still at cadet age and yet they have been selected for a junior event. No other fencing club in the country has ever achieved this”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.

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Newham Swords Younger Fencers Take Three Golds and a Silver!!

Newham Swords young fencers followed in the footsteps of their older team-mates when taking 3 gold medals and a silver at last weekend’s Academy Junior Series Event, held in London.

Tomi Fric took his first ever gold medal when winning the U10 Boys Age Group whilst team-mate and England U15 International, Benjamin Urdzal, won the U14 Boys.

Our young medalists
Left to right – Pierre Harper (Head Coach), Emilija Lukaite, Tomi Fric, Benjamin Urdzal, Teagan Williams-Stewart and Linda Strachan (Club Manager). [Click for larger image]
Newham Sword’s other two medals came from GB International, Emilija Lukaite, and from Teagan Williams-Stewart who took silver in the U14 Girls.

“It is great to see our next generation of young fencers follow in the footsteps of our hugely successful junior internationals”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.

Those in the photo are as follows: Left to right – Pierre Harper (Head Coach), Emilija Lukaite, Tomi Fric, Benjamin Urdzal, Teagan Williams-Stewart and Linda Strachan (Club Manager).

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