Newham gets results at the British Championships

Well done to Newham Swords fencer, Kamal Minott, who got to the last 8 of the Men’s Foil Event at the Senior British Championships at SportsDock today (23 March 17).

He was the youngest fencer in the last eight, losing to the eventual winner, Richard Kruse.

Congratulations also to Katrina Feklistova who got to the last 8 of the Women’s Foil Event and to Alice Campbell who got to the last 16.

Pierre and I are very proud of you all!

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Katrina Takes Silver at Birmingham International!

Katrina Feklistova (right) takes Silver at Birmingham Open 2017
Katrina Feklistova (right) takes Silver at Birmingham Open 2017

Former GB U20 International, and Junior Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Katrina Feklistova, took silver yesterday at the Birmingham Senior International Tournament! This result represents a personal best for Katrina.

Well done also to GB U17 International Amanda Mond who came 15th and to GB U20 International, Alice Campbell, who came 20th. These results follow Alice’s 5th place at the Invicta Open and Teagan Williams-Stewart’s bronze medal gained at the same competition.

“It’s great to see our cadet and junior fencers getting results at senior level”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan

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Newham Swords’ Minott makes mark at Junior World Championships

Minott with Coaches Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan
Minott with Coach Pierre Harper and Club Manager and coach Linda Strachan

Newham Swords Kamal Minott recorded Great Britain’s best result at the Junior World Championships, finishing in 13th place.


Minott, ranked number one for GB at under-20 level and a Junior Commonwealth Games gold medallist, won four of his five bouts in the preliminary round, losing only to Italy’s Guillame Bianchi.




And after beating Venezuela’s Romero Montella (15-8), he knocked out higher seed Gabor Bellovicz, of Hungary, by a 15-14 margin to reach the last 32.

Minott fencing US No3 seed
Minott fencing the No 3 seed, Sidarth Kumbla of the US, before beating him to make the last 16 of the Junior Worlds.

Minott then upset American number three seed Sidarth Kumla to set up a rematch with European Junior champion and world number one Bianch and put up a brave fight in a 15-8 loss against the eventual bronze medalist.

Minott with Coach Pierre Harper
Minott with Coach Pierre Harper [Click for larger image]

Swords head coach Pierre Harper, said: “Kamal gave it his all and set another personal best. What a great result to end his junior fencing career on.”


Club manager Linda Strachan added: “We now look forward to working with Kamal on the senior scene and helping him achieve his dream of competing in an Olympic Games.”

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Newham winners at Newham Series Event 2

Newham Series event winners
From Left. Coach Pierre Harper, Benjamin Udrzal, Keir Adeleke, Khalum Contractor, Sophie Tsang, Emilija Lukaite, Lauren Ryder-Garcia and Club Manager/Coach Linda Strachan

More good news for Newham Swords, as Sophie Tsang and Lauren Ryder-Garcia won under-12 gold and bronze respectively at the latest National Junior Series event on 25/26th March.

Khalam Contractor took bronze in the under-10 boys’ competition, while Keir Adeleke added silver for the under-14s.

Under-16 duo Emilija Lukaite and Benjamin Udrzal took gold and silver to complete the haul.

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Adult Club

Coach Andrew Nisbet with trainees and Newham Armourer Dram
BF Coach Andrew Nisbet with trainees and Newham Armourer Dram

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Adult fencers are welcome to drop in on Friday evenings.

Venue: SportsDock, University of East London

Day: Friday
Time of Session: 7.30 – 9.45pm

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Half term fee: £75

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14 year old takes Bronze in Senior event

Teagan Stewart-Williams, 2nd from right, at the Invicta Open Competition [Click image for larger version]
Rising star, Teagan Williams-Stewart (aged just 14), achieved a personal best on 18th March when taking bronze at her first ever Senior Open (the Invicta Senior Foil).

Teagan Stewart-Williams in action at the Invicta Open
Teagan Stewart-Williams in action at the Invicta Open [Click image for larger version]
She remained undefeated throughout the day before losing to the eventual winner, Justyna Osmanski (a Senior Polish International).

“What an amazing result from this very talented 14-year old who was able to beat fencers around ten to twenty years older than her”, said Swords Manager, Linda Strachan.



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Invicta 2017 Silk Best Placed Kent Fencer with Linda Strachan and Teagan Williams-Stewart [Click for larger image]
At the same event Georgia Silk was presented with a medal for being the best placed Kent fencer having got into the last 8







In addition it was great to see our other GB cadet and junior internationals starting to take part in Senior Opens

Newham entrants to Open competitions
Teagan Williams-Stewart, Alice Campbell, Georgia Silk, Ellie Knox, Linda Strachan (coach), James Page, Benjamin Udrzal and Kiron Austin.

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Minott Makes Top 4 at Junior European Championships

Minott in the GB mens' junior foil team
Newham Swords’ Minott, Right in the GB Mens’ Junior Foil Team

GB U20 No 1 and Junior Commonwealth Gold Medallist, Kamal Minott, set a personal best when he helped GB take 4th place in the Team Event, at the Junior European Championships, held in Bulgaria.

The GB boys just missed out on a bronze medal, losing to a very strong Polish Team. “Kamal played a major part in GB’s result, as the anchor man in the Team. This is great preparation for the Junior Worlds taking place in Bulgaria later this month”, said Head Coach, Pierre Harper.

“This is the fourth time that a Newham Swords fencer has made the last four of a team event, at a European or World Championships. Alex Savin and Kristjan Archer took a silver medal at the 2010 Cadet European Championships; Kristjan Archer and Amol Rattan both took bronze at the 2013 European Championships, and Rajan Rai and Jai Birch both took a bronze at last year’s Junior World Championships (never before done)”, added Swords Manager, Linda Strachan.

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Teagan Gets Top England U15 Result in Poland

Teagan at European U15 Foil Competition in Poland
Teagan, age 14, with coach Linda Strachan at European U15 Foil Competition in Poland

GB U17 International and Newham rising star, Teagan Williams-Stewart, got England’s best result at the U15 International, held in Poland on March 26th, when she came 24th out of a field of 180 fencers. Well done Teagan!!

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