Newham Swords celebrating best-ever season following a string of fencing successes
PUBLISHED: 16:00 04 July 2018
Newham Swords Fencing Club have been reflecting on their best ever season at cadet, junior and senior level.
GB international and Junior Commonwealth gold medalist Kamal Minott won gold at the London Senior foil, Invicta Senior Open and Birmingham International tournaments.
And he also took bronze at the National Senior Championships, before being crowned National under-23 champion, earning a call-up for England at the Senior Commonwealth Championships in Australia in November.
Head coach Pierre Harper, a former Olympian, said: “To achieve all of this in one season, at just 20 years of age, is outstanding.”
Clubmate and former World Junior Championships team bronze medalist Rajan Rai has also been selected for the Commonwealths, while at GB junior international Alice Campbell took double gold at the UK School Games before being selected to represent GB at the European and World Junior Championships and Junior Commonwealths in Newcastle next month.
At cadet level, England under-17 number one and GB international Teagan Williams-Stewart was fifth at the Senior British Championships – missing out on a bronze by just one hit – and took bronze at the Birmingham Senior International and Essex Senior Open, while winning gold at the Invicta Senior Open at just 15 years of age.
“These results obtained at senior level, for someone aged just 15, are remarkable and show just how talented Teagan is,” said club manager and former Olympian Linda Strachan.
Six Newham Swords fencers won silver at the London Youth Games, with the club having won the overall title a record seven times previously, while 11-year-old Khalam Contractor took bronze in the English Youth Championships, after last year’s British silver medal.
Eight-year-old Mohammed Belbouab took gold at the London Leon Paul National Junior tournament, as well as gold at the Newham National Junior Series event, while Isabella Manglangit won two golds in earlier Newham National Junior Series events to finish as overall series champion.
Delia Cheta won two bronze medals, despite only fencing for two months, and Strachan added: “The results achieved by Newham Swords fencers this season mean the club has won all the major national titles at U17, U20 and U23 level, as well as produced fencers who have represented GB at U17, U20 and Senior World Cups.
“We have also produced fencers who have represented England and GB – and won titles – at all the major championships including the UK School Games, the Cadet and Junior Commonwealths, Cadet and Junior Europeans and Worlds, the World Student Games and the Senior Europeans and Worlds.
“No other fencing club has achieved this. There is only one more competition to aim for and that is an Olympic Games!”