Emilija Takes GB U23 Championships Title

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.

Emilija (second right) with her trophy, alongside the other medalists, Ruth Clarke (silver), Lucy Taylor and Keziah Beattie (bronze).
Emilija (second right) with her trophy, alongside the other medalists, Ruth Clarke (silver), Lucy Taylor and Keziah Beattie (bronze).

“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.

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Newham Swords Take Top Honours in Paris U15 World Cup

GB U17 International, and Cumberland School student, Emilija Lukaite, achieved the top British result at the Paris U15 World Cup by achieving 16th place out of 231 entries.
Teagan Williams-Stuart and Emilija Lukaite with Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan
Teagan Williams-Stuart and Emilija Lukaite with Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan [click for larger image]
“This is a personal best for Emilija and is great preparation for her next World Cup, taking place in Poland later this month”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.
 
On the same weekend, Teagan Williams-Stewart achieved her fourth gold medal of the season when taking first place in the U14 Girls Category at the Bristol National LPJS Junior Tournament.
This result now puts Williams-Stewart in second place in the England U15 Rankings. “This is a fantastic result for Teagan given that she only started fencing 18 months ago. A great talent for the future”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.
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Newham Swords Clean Up at Eastern Region Qualifier!!

Six Newham Swords fencers took a a total of three golds, two silvers and a bronze at the Eastern Region Junior Foil Tournament, held in February. This haul meant that Newham Swords ended up as the best performing club at the event.

BYC 2016 Qualifiers L-R Pierre Harper, Coach, Ciaran Archer, Teagan Williams, Emilija Lukaite, Sophie Tsang, Rachel Shaw, Alice Campbell, Linda Strachan, Coach
BYC 2016 Qualifiers L-R Pierre Harper, Coach, Ciaran Archer, Teagan Williams, Emilija Lukaite, Sophie Tsang, Rachel Shaw, Alice Campbell, Linda Strachan, Coach [click for larger image]

GB U17 International, and Commonwealth bronze medallist, Rachel Shaw, took gold in the U18 Girls Category as did GB U20 International, and Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Ciaran Archer in the U18 Boys.

Fellow GB international, Emilija Lukaite, took Newham Sword’s third medal of the day when she won gold in the U16 Girls.

Swords then took another three medals when Teagan Williams-Stewart and Sophie Tsang each claimed silver in the U14 Girls and U12 Girls respectively, whilst England U15 International, Benjamin Udrzal took bronze in the U14 Boys.

Benjamin Udrzal BYC qualifier 2016
Benjamin Udrzal BYC qualifier 2016

These results now mean that Newham Swords have a total of nine fencers qualified for the British Youth Championships, the others being GB Internationals, Alice Campbell and James Page who qualified through having byes from last year’s competition

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