Last weekend saw our fencers travel to the GB U17 and U20 National Championships. The U17 event took place on the Saturday – the day on which we hoped to dominate the events.
In the epee event, Conall Cromie fenced calmly and maturely all day finishing in 13th position. Charles Dean came out of the preliminary rounds ranked in No.1 position, but was unable to keep the momentum going, finishing in 17th place. Toby Harvey built on his epee experience finishing in 43rd position.
In the boys’ foil event, Eoghan Cromie finished in a strong 45th. Will Deary won the men’s cadet sabre title, with Jamie Craze aged just 14 taking an excellent silver. In the women’s sabre event, Caitlin Maxwell added gold an hour later – to win the U17 title whilst still only 14 years old is a truly outstanding result. Maria Chart finished the day in 7th with Lily Wood in 22nd and Molly Wood in 26th.
Following his win – his 5th consecutive National Championships title – Will Deary said: “It’s been a long fencing season so I’m really pleased to have been able to finish the season with a win. I felt in form all day and it was really fun. I’m feeling good and looking forward now to competing at the European Championships in Jerusalem next week and also the World Championships in April.”
On day two, the U20 events took place and, whilst many of our fencers were competing well under the age bracket, it was good experience for them to compete with older and more experienced opponents. In the epee events Charles finished in 16th with Conall in 55th place. In the foil event, Eoghan claimed 69th position.
With the European Championships now less than a week away, Will Deary and Caitlin Maxwell were on enforced rest and so did not compete in the sabre events. However, Jamie built on his excellent silver to take 10th place with Alex Boote in 38th and Bertie Holdsworth in 42nd. Maria Chart also finished in 11th.
Yvonne Chart rounded off her first season as an U20, taking a solid bronze in the women’s foil. All of our six fencers who have been selected for next week’s Europeans are looking formidable, and hopefully they will be able to continue their recent run of success at these forthcoming Championships.
After the strong National Championships this weekend, and six of our fencers selected to compete in Jerusalem at the Europeans next week, we are in a strong position to be the school with the most number of fencers selected to compete at the Worlds.