This half of term has seen our fencers get to the business end of the season with European and World Championships selections and the Public Schools Fencing Championships. Congratulations go to the 5 Truro School fencers selected for the GB Under 17 and Under 20 sabre teams at the European Championships in Serbia: Jenna Bray, Maria Chart, Jamie Craze, Bertie Holdsworth, and Caitlin Maxwell who has also been selected to compete in the Under 17 World Championships in France.
This year’s PSFC saw our 15 strong team dominate all the sabre events yet again. In the boys’ senior sabre Simon Aydarov claimed the gold with Jamie Craze and Nick Howes taking bronze each. In the girls’ senior sabre Maria Chart clinched gold ahead of team mate Jenna Bray.
In the junior events, Bertie Holdsworth saw off the gold medal challenge from Luke Haynes with Sam Boorne taking 5th place and in the girls’ events Lily Wood clinched bronze, with sister Molly in 5th and Keely Rodda in 9th. Finally in the Mount-Haes category Max Cromie took gold ahead of Darcy Holdsworth with Henry Hurst finishing in 6th place.
These excellent results meant Truro School’s combined team points won us the Hymers College Cup and the Brian Howes sabre trophy, for best public school at sabre in the country. We also came 2nd in the Johnson cup and the Winston Churchill cup and 3rd in the Queenswood Team trophy and Pearson Cup. With a relatively small team of just 15 fencers, in comparison to other schools, our excellent results whilst competing in only one category (sabre) gave us an outstanding final 3rd place finish in the overall combined event.
Youth International Sabre Event in Poland
Our younger fencers jumped straight on a flight after the Public Schools Fencing Championships to compete at a youth international sabre event in Poland.
In the Under 15 men’s event there was a strong contingent of 136 fencers from all over the world. Henry Hurst finished in 60th place with Sam Boorne in 28th and Luke Haynes in 22nd.
In the Under 15 girls’ event, Molly Wood finished 47th with Keely Rodda in an excellent 22nd place.
In the Under 13 boys’ sabre category there was another large entry with 120 international fencers. Darcy Holdsworth finished in 17th place, with Max Cromie taking an excellent 12th place finish.