Truro’s young fencers were in action last weekend as they aimed for glory in the Under 10s British Sabre Championships.
Hosted at Moulsford in Oxfordshire, the event featured a tough field of 30 top young fencers from around Britain with the Truro Prep School trio of Sam Cox, Lexie Craze and Melissa Jane all competing.
The event was a great success with Truro taking gold in all 3 competitions being the boy’s singles, the girl’s singles and the team event.
Truro Fencing Club Head Coach Jon Salfield said:
‘This clean sweep is a fantastic achievement by some of our youngest fencers. All three are very hard-working and dedicated athletes, and I would like to thank the Truro coaching team for their work.’
Mr Salfield continued:
‘I am very impressed with the high quality of footwork, technique and tactics displayed by these young fencers. Truro once again showed its exceptional depth in sabre fencing, and we will continue to strive for more results of this calibre.’
The Boys’ Event
In the boys’ event Sam Cox had a slow start, winning four out of his six matches in the preliminary rounds, going into the knock out stages of the competition seeded 7th.
At this stage Sam found his best form, defeating the 10th seed 10-5 and the second seed 10-7 to progress to the semi-finals.
The semi-final saw Sam face Sebastian Evans-Reeves of Russell Swords in Wales, and after a close match in which the Truro fencer used a wide range of attacks and strong parries, Sam came out on top 10-8.
In the final Sam came out victorious, producing his very best fencing to beat Magnus Cameron from Mouslford Fencing Club 10-5 to claim gold.
The Girls’ Event
In the girls’ event Lexie Craze started strongly winning all six of her preliminary matches, with Melissa Jane taking four wins from six.
The pair both progressed to the knock-out stages, Melissa proceeding to dominate her next match 10-0 in order to reach the semis.
Lexie had a bye through to the semi-finals where she met Lucie Lindsay of London’s Cobra Swords, coming out on top 10-6 and progressing to the gold medal match.
Melissa just missed out on making it an all-Truro final, losing out 10-8 to the 3rd seed Beth Brierley of Manchester’s Marshall Fencing.
In the final Lexie dominated with her excellent footwork and strong attacks, taking victory 10-5 and giving Truro the second championships of the day.
Success in the Team Competition
There was further success at the end of the day in the team competition with the Truro team of Lexie, Sam and Melissa proving to be unbeatable, as they romped to victory claiming the gold medal.
The three Truro Prep School students now look ahead to future competitions, continuing to train at Truro Fencing Club and at school, putting in at least three training sessions a week.