Newham Swords hosted their first Team Foil event last weekend

Newham Swords held its first ever LPJS Team Event over the 7th and 8th November. The day was a huge success and thoroughly enjoyed by all.

37  Under 15, U13 and U11 teams fought for medals together with an U9 competition on the Sunday.

Team events have a special cameraderie about them and these pictures capture some of the moments from the Sunday event. Many of the U9s were competing for the first time and some of the parents had this to say.

I attended your venue for the fencing tournament this weekend with my daughter, she was in the Under 9 category. I felt that I should email to say how impressed I was with the day. Your team of officials where great, friendly and approachable.
I was also happy that you observed the 2 minute silence for Remembrance Sunday.
We enjoyed our day. Thank you.

Thank you so so much for running around yesterday to help kit out my daughter, Lola, for the U9s competition. It was our first competition and despite me not doing my homework properly about what was required, she kept a cool head, you got her sorted and she loved the event.

You had a lot to organise and yet still managed to go home for some breeches, for someone you didn’t even know! Thank you!

We look forward to seeing you again

Here are some pictures from the weekend. (if you can name the unnamed or spot any errors please email

Thank you to Matthew and Linda for the pics

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British Fencing Award for Pierre Harper

Following on from Linda Strachan’s British Empire Medal (which she will receive in November), Head Coach, Pierre Harper, will soon receive a British Fencing Silver Medal.

This award has been recommended by the British Fencing Honours Committee (and now approved by the Board), “in recognition of Pierre’s excellent contribution to Fencing and to British Fencing in particular”.

Well done Pierre!! Newham Swords Fencing Club are so proud of you!!

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Pierre Harper has had his moments too!

Fencing to get into the last 8 at the 1983 Paris Martini.

This is Pierre’s first A list competition against a Polish fencer with an envious track record. Pierre has his back to the camera and remember the scoring lights were the other way around then!

NB Checkout the footwork…

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Changes at Newham Swords

From Wednesday February 25th the club will be open on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. See Where and When for details of each day.

Tuesday fencing will end on 10th Feb

Please note that there are a number of Fridays when there will be no fencing. This is because other sports need to use Friday evenings to set up for competitions. Please check the Club Calendar page as these are subject to change

All the best, Lin and Pierre

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Newham Swords Take Three of Top Four Places!!

Three of Newham Sword’s younger fencers set personal best performances when they reached the last four of the Bristol U17 British Selection Qualifier Foil Tournament, held last weekend.

England U15 International, Alice Campbell, took silver, whilst GB International (and Lister School student), Rachel Shaw took the bronze. England U15 International (and Cumberland School student), Emilija Lukaite, also took bronze. “It is quite remarkable to have three girls from the same club make it to the top four, and for all three girls to be under fifteen, competing in an U17 Event”, said Swords Head Coach, Pierre Harper.

These results now mean that Shaw will move into second place in the GB U17 Rankings, whilst Campbell and Lukaite move into the top 10.

“I am so proud of what the girls achieved in Bristol. This is great preparation for their next important competition, the Manchester U17 International Tournament, which takes place next weekend”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan.

From Left Club Manager Linda Strachan, Emiliya Lukaite, Alice Campbell, Rachel Shaw and coach Pierre Harper
From Left Club Manager Linda Strachan, Emiliya Lukaite, Alice Campbell, Rachel Shaw and coach Pierre Harper

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Newham Swords End Season on a Golden Note

 Nine Newham LPJS 2014 medal winners
Newham Summer LPJS Medal winners. Left to Right, Pierre Harper (Coach) Katrina Feklistova, Rachael Shaw, Sophie Tsang, Keir Adeleke, Emilija Lukaite, Benjamin Urzdal, Kamal Minott and Linda Strachan (Manager)

The Swords ended their fencing season as they had begun it – with plenty of gold medals. A total of eight Newham Swords fencers got nine medals between them in seven categories, when they competed in the Sports Dock National Junior Leon Paul Tournament, held last weekend.
In the U17 Boys and Girls Age Group, GB U17 Internationals, Kamal Minott and Katrina Feklistova each took gold as expected. This was equalled by club mate, and fellow U17 International, Rachel Shaw, in the U15 Girls. 
In the U13 Categories, Emilija Lukaite took the Swords fourth medal when gaining silver, whilst team-mates, Benjamin Urzdal and Jacob Haynes took gold and bronze respectively in the U13 Boys. 
It was the same outcome in the U11 Boys when Jacob Haynes and Keir Adeleke took gold and bronze respectively.
The Swords ninth and final medal of the weekend came in the U9 Girls Category when Sophie Tsang took gold in her first ever fencing competition, after less than six months of participation in the sport.
“I am very proud of what our fencers achieved at the weekend, particularly our younger fencers who have worked really hard this season. This marks the end of another successful season for us, in which twelve of our fencers competed for either England or GB, as well as winning numerous cadet and junior events”, said Club Manager, Linda Strachan

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