Fencing a Success at “Girls Active Camp”

Newham Swords Club Manager, Linda Strachan, delivered fencing to around 100 school children, as part of the Girls Active Camp. This Camp, run by the Youth Sport Trust, took place at Loughborough University and was a great success.

Linda with the girls from Girls Active Camp
Newham Swords manager Linda Strachan (center) with some of the girls who took part in the Girls Active Camp
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Kamal and Emilija Selected for U23 European Championships

Newham Swords are proud to announce that GB U20 international, Kamal Minott (UK School Games and Junior Commonwealth Gold Medallist), and U17 International, Emilija Lukaite (recently crowned U23 National Champion) have both been selected to represent GB at this month’s U23 European Championships which will take place Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Well done Kamal and Emilija!!

Kamal, after winning 2015 BSC U20 Gateshead Qualifier
Kamal (center) with Linda and Pierre in July 2015, after winning the BSC U20 Gateshead Qualifier
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Junior World Championship Team Bronze for Raj and Jai

GB Number 1, Jai Birch, and fellow GB U20 International, Rajan Rai made history by taking a Team bronze at the 2016 Junior World Fencing Championships, held in France. They fenced with sheer guts and determination to beat the World number 1 ranked junior team, the USA, in the last 8 before losing to the eventual gold medalists, Japan, in the last 4.

Raj and Jai making the semi finals of the Team Event
Raj and Jai making the semi finals of the Team Event [Click image for larger version]
Jai after winning hit
Jai after getting the winning hit for the team in their fight for the bronze medal.

They then went on to beat Latvia in the fight off for bronze for a fantastic end to their season and junior careers. Rajan and Jai now move on to seniors. Well done Raj and JaI!!

Raj, Jai and the team
Raj (second left) and Jai (right) with their Bronze Junior World Championship Team

Congratulations also to Newham Swords Head Coach, Pierre Harper, who played a major part in this result having worked hard with Jai for the last ten years and with Raj for the last 6. Pierre can now add this outstanding achievement to the silver medal gained by the GB Men’s Foil Team at the 2010 Cadet European Championships, the bronze medal gained by the GB Men’s Foil Team at the 2013 Junior European Championships, and the gold and silver individuals medals won by Paul Wedge and Tony Bartlett at the 2016 World Veteran Championships – a truly World Class coach!! Well done Pierre!!

Tony and Paul with their medals for veterans
Tony Barlett (left) and Paul Wedge with their gold and silver medals from the 2015 World Veteran Championships.
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Khalam and Teagan Each Take Bronze

Khalam Contractor took his third medal of the season when taking bronze in the U9 Category, at the London Junior Tournament.

This was followed by Teagan Williams-Stewart‘s bronze in the U15 Girls Age Group. Well done Khalam and Teagan!!

Teagan takes bronze at LPJS U15
Teagan (second left) took bronze at the LPJS U15 Girls event in London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khalam with his bronze medal

Khalam with his bronze medal from LPJS London Foil in the U9 boys category

 

 

 

 

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Personal Best for Alice!

GB U17 International, Alice Campbell, achieved a personal best when she made the top 16 of the Birmingham International Senior Tournament, held on the 26th March.

“This is an incredible result for Alice, given that she is still only a cadet achieving such a result in a major senior tournament”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.

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Newham Swords Shortlisted for Three Categories at this Year’s Inaugural British Fencing Awards

Newham Swords Fencing Club is very proud of the fact that it has just been shortlisted for three of the ten awards to be presented at this year’s British Fencing Awards.

We have been shortlisted for Performance Coach of the Year (through Pierre Harper), Innovation Award of the Year  (through Linda Strachan’s work on the ‘Muslim Girls Fence’ project), and Club of the Year.

Well done to all those involved and good luck at the British Fencing Awards Ceremony which will take place on Saturday, April 16th.

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Khalam Takes His Second Medal of the Season

Rising young fencing star, Khalam Contractor, took his second medal of the season when taking bronze in the U9 Category at the Finchley Foil National Leon Paul Junior Event, held last weekend. Contractor was undefeated in the first round and lost only two fights in his second round to secure the bronze medal for Newham Swords.

Pierre, Khallum and Linda
Left to right – Pierre Harper (Head Coach), Khalam Contractor and Linda Strachan (Club Manager) [click image for larger pic]
Contractor, aged just eight, started fencing in the summer of 2014. In just under two years, he has managed to win gold at the Sports Dock National Leon Paul Junior Tournament (held in June, 2015) and silver at the Totteridge National Leon Paul Junior Event (held in December, 2015).

Contractor is now preparing for the Newham Swords Junior Series Event (taking place at Sports Dock later this month), and for the U10 National Championships, taking place in May.

“Khalam is an extremely talented young fencer who has already mastered a number of complex techniques in his training despite being only eight years of age. His sheer determination to win and the effort he puts into his training are the reasons why he is has a very good future ahead of him”, said Head Swords Coach, Pierre Harper.

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