Three of Newham Sword’s fencers represented GB at the Cadet/Junior Worlds which took place in Porec, Croatia, at the beginning of the month.
Jai Birch, (the GB No 1 Ranked Cadet), got the best GB result by reaching the top 25 in the Men’s Foil Cadet Individual Event (after losing just 15-14 due to cramp), whilst Amol Rattan (the GB No. 3 Ranked Junior) achieved the best GB result by gaining 7th place in the Men’s Foil Junior Individual Event, the best placing by any Asian fencer in the history of the event! Team-mate, Kristjan Archer (the GB No. 2 Ranked Junior), also made the top 16 of the Men’s Junior Individual, meaning that GB were ranked number three for the Team Event.
GB’s quartet of Birch, Rattan, Kristjan (all Newham Swords fencers) and Tofalides were able to beat China in the last 16 of the Team Event, and Hungary in the last 8 before narrowly losing 45-41 to the USA (the number two ranked team) in the semi-finals. Having given their all against the Americans, the GB Team then fenced Russia in the fight off for bronze but were unable to recover fully from their match against the USA. The GB Team lost 45-38 to the Russians but got their best ever team placing of fourth at a Junior Worlds.
“I am so proud of the fact that three of the GB Team were Newham Swords fencers who got GB’s best results in both the Cadet and Junior Individual and the Team Event”, said Head Coach (and GB Coach), Pierre Harper. “It has been a remarkable season for these young and talented fencers, bearing in mind that they also took a bronze medal in the Junior Men’s Foil Team Event at the Junior Europeans, held in Hungary last month”, added Linda Strachan, Swords Club Manager (who was also selected as the GB Team Manager for the Junior Worlds.