Teagan Williams-Stewart started fencing with Linda Strachan and Pierre Harper at Newham Swords Fencing Club, at the age of 11. In six short years, she has won numerous Leon Paul and Newham Junior Series titles, the England U15 title, the British Youth U18 title and the National Senior Women’s Foil title (the latter at just 16 years of age!). Her best achievement to date is winning a silver medal at the U17 Rome International last year.
Having ended her Cadet career (last season) as the number one ranked fencer in GB, Teagan is now in her first year as a Junior (U20). She is currently ranked 2nd in the GB U20 Women’s Foil Rankings as well as 4th in the GB Senior Women’s Foil Rankings.
Following her outstanding results achieved this season, Teagan has been selected to fence for GB at the 2020 Junior European Championships (which take place in Porec, Croatia, later this month), and at the 2020 Junior World Championships (which will take place in Salt Lake City, USA, in April).
Whilst extremely happy and excited to be selected to represent GB at both the Junior Europeans and Junior World Championships, there is still a big hurdle to overcome in the way of finance. It is estimated that entry fees, accommodation, flights, equipment costs and contributions towards the team manager and referees costs, will amount to around £4,000 (and this doesn’t even include food costs!). Teagan’s mum, (with the help of Teagan’s coaches), has done wonders in financing the long list of domestic and international competitions which Teagan has needed to attend, in order to get her to this point. However, there are limits to what a parent can do.
The major sporting bodies in this country only really fund Olympic hopefuls, and so it is left to people like us, who understand the dedication and commitment needed to achieve success in sport, to support talented athletes like Teagan.
We know that you are constantly asked for money for this or that, but if we are to see success for GB Sport, we all need to back it with our pockets as well as our enthusiasm.
If everyone on our email list were to contribute just £10, we would raise enough money to send Teagan to both the Junior Europeans and Worlds.
Please support this very promising, young British fencer and please share.
Thank you so very much.
Linda and Pierre
Here are some of Teagan’s successes on the path to her future