Newham Swords Younger Fencers Triumph Yet Again

Following the huge success gained at the British Youth Championships and the U10 National Championships, where England International, Amanda Mond, and rising star, Khalam Contractor, took gold and bronze respectively, Newham Swords younger fencers were at it again when ten of them won fourteen medals between them in one weekend!!

At the London Youth Games, Teagan Williams-Stewart, Keir Adeleke, Abubakr Samba Bah and Jamiel Contractor all took bronze for Newham in the Junior category and silver overall, whilst Amanda Mond took gold in the Senior age group.

Pierre (left) and Linda (right) with the Newham fencers who represented the club at the London Youth Games.
Pierre (left) and Linda (right) with the Newham fencers who represented the club at the London Youth Games.

“The Junior team’s result is an incredible achievement given the fact that this was their first appearance at the London Youth Games, and the fact that they were one of the youngest teams in the competition”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.

On the same day, at the Welsh National Leon Paul Junior Series Event, promising young fencer, Tomi Fric and England International, Geogia Silk, each took silver in the U11 Boys and U15 Girls respectively. “The result gained by Tomi represents a personal best as he has never got further than a bronze, whilst Geogia’s result now means that she moves up to the top of the U15 Girls rankings of the National Leon Paul Junior Series.

Tomi Fric and Georgia Silk with Linda and Pierre.
Tomi Fric and Georgia Silk with Linda and Pierre.

These fencers will now prepare for the Newham National Leon Paul Junior Series Tournament (taking place next weekend), and the Newham National Junior Series Event (taking place next month).

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Newham Swords Younger Fencers Gain Yet More Medals!!

Khalam Contractor, aged just 8, set a personal best when he took bronze at the National U10 Championships, held in Shropshire on May 15, 2016. He remained undefeated throughout the day, before losing his only fight in the semi-final. This result means that Khalam has now taken a total of one gold, a silver and four bronzes this season. “Khalam is an exceptionally talented young fencer who has a very promising fencing career ahead of him”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.
Teagan, Khalam and Georgia with their medals
Newham Swords coaches with Teagan, Khalam and Georgia
Newham Swords second medal came from Teagan Williams-Stewart who, despite being only 14 years of age, won the Eastern Region Senior Championships and Best Cadet Award. “What an amazing result for a 14 year old, given that she is still only a cadet fencing against senior fencers”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.
Swords third medal of the same weekend came from England International, Georgia Silk, who took gold in the U13 Age Group, at the Scotland National Leon Paul Junior Series Event.
All three fencers will now prepare for the Newham National Leon Paul Junior Series Event which takes place at Sports Dock at the end of June.
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Throwback Friday

We just came across this Dunhill aftershave commercial back from 1988, featuring our head coach Pierre Harper (on the right), then 31 years old!

Apparently he almost missed his plane departing for the Seoul Olympics due to the shooting of this video 🙂

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