Following her outstanding performance at the Paris U15 World Cup last month (where Emilija Lukaite got the best GB result by coming 16th out of 231 entries), Lukaite gained a personal best by winning the British U23 Championships, held at the London Fencing Centre last weekend. On her way to gold, Lukaite beat Mirren Black (a strong Scottish U20 fencer) in the last eight, before disposing of Lucy Taylor (Northern Ireland’s top U20 female foilist) in the semi-finals. She then went on to beat Ruth Clarke (a former GB Junior Squad member and now a Senior) in the final. This result means that Emilija gains automatic selection for Great Britain for the European U23 Championships, taking place in May this year.
“This is an outstanding result given the fact that Emilija is still only a cadet and that she beat experienced junior and senior GB fencers who were four to five years older than her. This just goes to show how talented Emilija is and what potential she has for the future”, said Newham Swords Club Manager, Linda Strachan.