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Fencing Gold!

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Well done to Ben T, who won Gold in the U13 Bristol Leon Paul Fencing Junior Series over Half Term. He is still only U12, so this is a very impressive achievement.

Well done also to Lottie J, who, despite also being a year young, came 7th in the England Youth Fencing Championships this weekend, being beaten by the competitor who went on to win Silver (narrowly missing Gold).

IAPS Fencing Championships

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Well done to the 4 Pinewood children who represented us at the IAPS Fencing Championships at Millfield last weekend. All our fencers were fencing in age groups where they were young for the category, in some cases fencing opponents up to 15 months older, so they did very well and we are very proud of them all! Particular congratulations go to our Year 7 pupils Lottie J, who competed in all 3 disciplines at U13 level and won Bronze in epee and foil, and Ben T, who won Bronze in U13 foil.

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Riding at the Stonar One Day Event

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What a fantastic weekend for all the Pinewood riders at the Stonar NSEA One Day Event!

Fun was had by all, some rosettes, some speed, some hiccups, but a lot of happy children and parents at the end of the weekend, after an early start for some.  Stonar put on such a fantastic event; it is very welcoming for newcomers at the lower levels, and caters for all abilities, with a more challenging course on the Sunday. We welcomed two new riders: Mimi M and Mirabel W, who both had a great debut outing.

The 70cm team (Oscar F, Mimi, Mirabel & Annabel K) came 2nd, with Oscar coming 3rd individually, and Mimi and Annabel taking 6th place. In the 80cm Tabitha M came 2nd individually, and Bert & Arthur S and Harry (although slightly too fast) had great double clears for the team. On Sunday our 90cm team had great fun in the sun: Rex K had a fabulous double clear, Poppy A also had a great double clear only to realise that she’d jumped the bigger cross-country fence and was eliminated!!! Tara L had an awesome dressage.

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Thank you to all those who competed. You all rode so bravely and determinedly, Pinewood is very proud of all your riding efforts. It takes an enormous amount of hard work to even get to these one day events, let alone compete in them!

Pinewood Fencing Challenge

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It was a great day for Pinewood at our own Fencing Challenge on Sunday.  We led the way with a 12 medal haul against almost 60 other children coming from Bath, Stroud, Stonehouse, Bristol, Newbury and Gloucester, as well as schools more local to Swindon.

The Pinewood results were as follows, well done to you all:

Year 4 & below Girls Foil:

Gold: Georgia L

Silver: Lola F

Bronze: Olivia K

Year 5 & 6 Boys Foil:

5th: Hugo F (& winner of Best Improved Fencer medal)

7th: Joao Filipe R

Year 7 & 8 Boys Foil:

7th: Theo A

Year 3 & 4 Girls Epee:

Gold: Lola F

Silver: Olivia K

Joint Bronze: Georgia L & Eva S

Year 5 & 6 Boys Epee:

Silver: Arthur G R

5th: Harry A

6th: George W-C

7th: Joao Filipe R

8th: Hugo F

Year 7 & 8 Boys Epee

Bronze: Angus B

Year 7 & 8 Boys Sabre

Bronze: Arthur G R (even though he is still in Year 5!)

Year 5 & 6 Boys Sabre:

Gold: Arthur G R

Year 3 & 4 Girls Sabre:

Gold: Olivia K (& winner of Girl at Arms)

Refereeing on the day was provided from the school by Angus B, Zac F and Ben T – thank you very much, boys, for your help.

A big thank you to Neil Bromley for organising the Pinewood Fencing Challenge!

British National Youth Fencing Championships

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Lottie J and Ben T qualified for the British National Youth Championships held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield over the Bank Holiday weekend.  With over 1500 children fencing over the three days competition was stiff.  Lottie is the first ever Pinewood pupil to qualify for all three weapons and her best result came in the Girls Epee where she won her pool well and finished 8th overall. She receives an automatic qualification next year in the U14 age group.  As an epee specialist,  qualifying for sabre and foil was an achievement in itself as she hardly fences in these disciplines, so to finish 34th in foil and 25th in sabre are also great results – well done, Lottie!

Sadly Ben Turner came down with a chest infection and was unable to compete.  With our Year 5 fencers eligible to compete next year, Year 6s going into Year 7 and Year 7s into Year 8, we could have the largest number of qualifiers from the school yet!

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!

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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!


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.