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Pinewood Fencers at Challenge Wratislavia International Competition

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Many congratulations to our four fencers who competed in Challenge Wratislavia in Wroclaw, Poland last weekend.  With over 3000 children fencing across 5 days it is a truly international event with children travelling from Russia, Ukraine, Israel, USA, India, Saudi Arabia and beyond to take part.

Brett N came 48th and was the third highest British fencer in U11 epee, with Harry A finishing 126.  In Girls epee, Lottie J was fencing in the U13 age group for the first time, finishing a creditable 81st out of 212 fencers.  Ben T came 50th in U13 boys foil from 275 entries.

Very well done everyone!

U9 Fencing Gold!

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Congratulations to Olivia K who won the Girls U9 Wycliffe Foil Fencing Challenge at the weekend. This was her first competition and her first gold!

Arthur G R finished 6th and Joao Filipe R finished 7th in the U11 boys event. Well done everyone!

British Youth Fencing Championships

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We are very proud of Lottie J, who is the first ever Pinewoodian to fence in all three weapons at the British Youth Championships at the English Institute of Sport in May – this is an incredible accomplishment. She achieved this by competing at the Southern Regional Championships (the best fencers from Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Buckinghamshire), where she won Bronze in Foil in January, and then went on to win Bronze in Sabre and Gold in Epee last weekend. Well done, Lottie!

Boys Win Bronze at British Schools Team Fencing Championships

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The Pinewood U13 boys foil team of Zac, Angus and Ben won bronze at the British Schools Team Championship on Sunday, facing the best fencing schools from across the country.  It was an up-and-down event, with each of the team members ‘stepping up’ and delivering strong performances throughout the day.

The first poule match was against the Westminster Cathedral Choir School, which turned out to be the least threatening of the day’s opponents.  There were noteworthy performances from Zac, who won two of his bouts 8-1 and 7-1, helping the team to a commendable 45-16 victory.

Up next was the might of fencing specialists (and pre-tournament favourites) Sussex House A team, boasting three fencers who regularly compete on the national circuit.  Whilst there were a few bouts that ran close, there was only one individual victory and the result was fairly conclusive – a 45-19 defeat.

Our final poule match was against Aldwickbury School.  They may have been an unknown quantity before the event but, in the end, there was no need to worry.  Pinewood was simply too strong across the team and won eight out of the nine individual bouts, with Angus scoring notable victories and Ben not dropping a point in his three wins.  The final score was 45-22 – enough to give the Pinewood team fourth seeding for the knock-out stage and a direct entry into the medal play-offs.

As luck would have it, we faced the same Sussex House A Team in the semi-final.  They were again too strong for us and whilst Ben put in a strong performance on the anchor leg it was not enough to undo the inevitable: another 45-19 defeat.

With Sussex House A and B teams winning Gold and Silver, the Pinewood boys should be very proud of their Bronze achievement.

Well done also to the U11 boys Epee team (Brett, Joao Filipe, Harry and George), who won the Plate competition. Not making it to the medal event after the pools they did very well to win the plate and finish fifth overall.

International Fencing Gold!

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Well done to Lottie J, who won Gold in the Girls U12 Epee at the International Youth Fencing Cup in Ghent, Belgium over Half Term. Lottie was the only entrant from England and was competing against girls from Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Germany and the USA. All winners were presented with a replica of the Albert Feyerick Cup (named after the first President of the International Fencing Federation), a gold medal and 30 Euros prize money by Albert’s grandson.

Fencing News!

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Congratulations to Lottie, who won Silver at the national U12 Elite Epee event held at Millfield last Sunday.  She was seeded number 1, having been undefeated in her pool round and fought all the way through to the final.  There she struggled against  the number 3 seed and came up short on this occasion.  Nevertheless, a great result to start the year with – well done, Lottie!

England Fencing News

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Congratulations to Ben T, who has been selected by England Fencing to represent his country. The top 6 U13 fencers will form a team and represent England in Poland and Paris next year. Well done, Ben!

National Fencing Champion!

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Congratulations to Lottie, who is now the U11 Epee National Fencing Champion, after competing at the England Youth Fencing Championships at the weekend.

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June saw the England Youth Fencing Championships take place at the University of Hertfordshire Sports Village just outside London. Four of our top fencers attended the day, with Zac fencing in both foil and epee.  Ben fenced foil on the Saturday, coming 9th in his first year at U13. On the Sunday, Randeep fenced in the U13 sabre, the first time at the championships and in a higher age group.  Lottie fenced in the U11 girls epee, where the pools were split into groups of 6.  She was unbeaten in this round, scoring 22 hits  against only 5 received.  This gave her the number 1 seed, something she wouldn’t relinquish all day.  With her ranking she then had a couple of byes, waiting for the last 16 where she won 9-2.  The quarter final was a lot tighter, but she pulled ahead at the end to win 10-8.  Her semi-final bout was her Everest, as both girls took it in turns to create a lead, only to be pegged back by the other.  However at 7-7 Lottie’s opponent scored two quick hits to bring her within a point of victory.  Lottie composed herself, learnt from what was happening and ensured she capitalised the next two times to bring a 9-9 draw when time ran out. Sudden death.  One minute fencing and if no hit is scored then the result goes to the toss of coin which happened before the bout started.  Lottie lost the toss so had to score to win. She waited………..and waited………slowly getting closer to her opponent……….30 seconds passed……….she waited……..another 10 seconds…….then another 8 and then she struck – ONE LIGHT and victory to Lottie!  She was in the final!

She had to wait almost an hour for the final, but kept calm and ensured she warmed up whilst the final before hers took place.  She faced the number 2 seed and controlled the bout throughout with excellent distance and formidable hits to the arm and shoulder.  The bout went into the last period but there was only one winner as Lottie won 10-6 to take the title of U11 Girls England Epee Champion!

Lottie also won Gold at the Dunstan Epee Championships the previous weekend, well done Lottie!

Well done also to Ben, who was part of the England team, who won Silver at a team event in Avignon over Half Term.