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!!
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
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.
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.
Newham Fencing Team took gold for the eighth year in succession when it’s Senior Team remained undefeated throughout the day before beating Ealing in the final of the Senior Age Group Event.
The Senior Team comprised GB U17 Internationals, Katrina Feklistova, Alan Lozovik, Kamal Minott and Rachel Shaw plus new recruit and Lister School fencer, Alex Simos.
“Winning this event for the last eight years is an outstanding achievement which is unlikely to be equalled for a very long time”, said Newham Team Manager, Linda Strachan.
The Junior Team, which comprised Lister School fencers, Issa Koudou, Alessander and Dominic Cook, Misha Djemali, Sam Mvemba and Graham Stevenson, and Cumberland School fencer, Emilija Lukaite, ended up in 5th place after winning all of their group stage matches and being ranked 5th, before losing to the City of Westminster in the Direct Elimination stages.
“The Junior Team did remarkably well, taking into account that the majority of the Team had never fenced in a fencing competition before. I was extremely disappointed that they were given a 5th ranking before the Direct Elimination stages, despite the fact that they had won all of their group stage matches. Had they not drawn the City of Westminster (the number four seeds), they would have made the last four and the overall result would have been very different”, remarked Strachan.
As it stands, with a first in the Senior Event and a fifth in the Junior Event, the Newham Team took silver in the overall competition.