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Super Saturday for Newham Swords

PUBLISHED: 10:30 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 11:11 28 February 2017

Newham Swords under-16 girls celebrate with Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan

Newham Swords under-16 girls celebrate with Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan

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Fencers combine for impressive medal haul

David Bishay and Khalam Contractor with Pierre Harper and Linda StrachanDavid Bishay and Khalam Contractor with Pierre Harper and Linda Strachan

Newham Swords enjoyed a ‘Super Saturday’ with a superb haul of seven medals at the Newham National Junior Series event at UEL SportsDock.

Having seen their young fencers combine for eight medals in six categories at the Eastern Region British Youth Championship qualifier, the club saw Khalam Contractor win his third gold medal of the season in the under-10 boys’ final.

Contractor came out on top in the final against clubmate David Bishay, who set a personal best by winning silver for his first medal at this level.

Keir Adeleke also set a new best on his way to bronze in the under-14 boys’ category, winning his first National Junior medal, while Swords dominated to sweep the board in the under-16 girls’ competition.

Newham Swords Keir Adeleke with Linda Strachan and Pierre HarperNewham Swords Keir Adeleke with Linda Strachan and Pierre Harper

Great Britain under-17 international Amanda Mond won gold, as Teagan Williams-Stewart took silver and Emilija Lukaite and Georgia Silk, also GB under-17s, claimed bronze medals.

Swords completed a fine weekend with another bronze medal at the National under-23 Championships, courtesy of GB under-20 international Ciaran Archer.

And Kamal Minott finished as the leading British fencer at the Aix-en-Provence World Cup event after reaching the top 30, a result which puts him top of the GB under-20 rankings.

Swords head coach Pierre Harper said: “What a fantastic weekend for Newham Swords. All of these talented fencers are working extremely hard in their training and deserve all the success they are getting.”


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