Our Coaches

Pierre Harper (Head Coach)

Pierre Harper

Pierre represented GB at the 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games, won six National Senior titles and six Commonwealth Games gold medals (over three consecutive Commonwealth Games) during his competitive career, which has never been equalled, making him the most successful male British fencer of the 80s.

Pierre’s greatest achievements as a coach to date, include gaining a Team Silver at the 2010 Cadet World Championships, a Team Bronze at the 2013 Junior European Championships, an Individual Gold and Team Silver at the 2015 Veteran European Championships, and a Team Bronze at the 2016 Junior European Championships.

His coaching career (spanning 32 years) has been equally successful, having taken a total of thirty young people from grass roots to GB international level.

These young fencers have gone on to win titles at national Cadet, Junior, U23 and Senior level, at Junior and Senior Commonwealth Games, and at Cadet and Junior European and World Championships.

Pierre is now Head Coach of Newham Swords Fencing Club, and the coach to the reigning National Senior Women’s Foil Champion, Teagan Williams-Stewart (who won the title at just 16 years of age)!


In 2016, Pierre was awarded the BF Silver Award for his outstanding work in coaching and contribution to fencing generally.

Pierre fencing for the L8 of the Paris Martini Tournament

Fencing for an advert. Pierre on the right. On the left is Johnny Davis the present GB Olympic Team Manager. (A model was substituted for the mask off!)

Linda Strachan (also Club Manager)

Linda Strachan BEM 2015
Coach Linda Strachan BEM

Linda competed in the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games, won a total of seven National Senior Women’s Foil titles (five in succession) and nine Commonwealth Games Gold medals.

Linda was chosen to be a Torchbearer in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games, was given an “Inspiring People’s Award” by the Mayor of Newham (Sir Robin Wales) in 2013, and was awarded the British Empire Award for services to sport in the community in 2015.


She shares the success of Newham’s fencers and develops talent amongst the younger fencers at the Club.

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