Swords smash records with latest medal haul
PUBLISHED: 15:00 01 December 2011
Newham Swords Fencing Club set a new national and club record as they brought home 17 medals from the London Team Event at St. Paul’s School last weekend.
The east London club’s latest triumph included a clean sweep in the under-15s category where they took gold, silver and bronze medals.
Club manager Linda Strachan said: “We are very proud of what our fencers achieved at the London Team Event. They deserve all the success that they are getting at the moment.
“Results such as these are down to team-match practice, individual lessons, hard footwork and tactical sparring.”
Alice Campbell, Aiste Dambruskaite and Benjamin Urdzal each won silver after losing to rivals Fighting Fit in the under-11 age group.
There were silver medals too for under-13s Rachel Shaw, Pearce Clarke and Nathan Dickison, who also missed out on gold to Fighting Fit in the final.
While in under-15s competition, Newham Swords dominated the event when its A Team – Rajan Rai, Jai Birch, Michael Koudou and Lyle Bryant – took gold. The B Team – Kamal Minott, Alan Lozovik and Habib Adebajo – took silver and the C Team – Robbie Shaw, Katrina Feklistiova, Fleur Sumption and Joao De Sousa – won bronze.
Head coach Pierre Harper said: “It is great to see our fencers beating teams such as Brentwood School, Dulwich College and St. Paul’s School who have a huge amount of financial support.”
Newham Swords’ younger fencers are now preparing for the next national junior event, taking place at their Newham Leisure Centre home this weekend.
Meanwhile, their older club-mates are training hard for the forthcoming Great Britain under-17 internationals in Halle and Tauber, Germany and the under-20 Eden Cup in London.
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