Our Coaches

Pierre Harper

Academy U12 Gold Winners 2013S
Linda and Pierre flanking two of their recently successful younger fencers

Lin & Pierre Prior Seoul Olympics 1988
Lin & Pierre Prior to the Seoul Olympics 1988

Represented GB at several junior and senior internationals and World Championships. Pierre also took six National Senior Foil Titles, was Commonwealth gold medallist three times and competed in the individual and team foil events at the 1980 Moscow1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics

Pierre celebrated 25 years of coaching in Sept 2013

His coaching career has been equally successful having taken a total of fifteen Newham and Cambridge Swords fencers from grass roots to GB international level, and a further six to England International standard.

Newham’s current top fencers not only hold the current U17 and U20 National Foil titles, but have also won various Premier and Leon Paul Junior Series competitions, as well as trophies at the EYCs, BYCs, BSC Cadet and Junior Foil events, Junior Commonwealths and UK School Games

Here is YouTube vid of Pierre fencing in the 1983 Paris Martini

Linda Strachan (also club manager)

An Olympian who competed in the women’s foil events at the 1988

 Linda Strachan BEM 2015
Linda Strachan BEM 2015

Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Olympics she shares the coaching successes of Newham’s fencers and develops talent from the younger fencers of the future.

Linda and Pierre travel the country and the world supporting their fencers at competitions at all levels.

Here is a link to an interview with Linda published in the Daily Telegraph in 2006  Reviving the Art of Fencing

In 2015 Linda was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to sport in the community in recognition of her dedication and commitment to her dream from founding the club in 2005  

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