This week our fencers have been scattered all over the country and Europe.
Yvonne Chart travelled to Paris to compete in her first Senior foil competition. The going was tough but she has gained some valuable experience for upcoming senior internationals. Travelling straight from Paris, Yvonne has been competing this week at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships for England in the women’s foil event. She fenced professionally and calmly all week with a maturity well beyond her years. In the individual event, she moved swiftly through the rounds facing the number 1 seed in her last 16 fight. This did not faze Yvonne as she defeated her vastly experienced team mate 15:11. In the quarter finals, she faced Wenying Wang from Singapore who defeated Yvonne and then went on to take the gold medal. Yvonne finished in 8th position in only her second Senior international competition.
Going into the team event, England drew Northern Ireland in the quarter finals. They roved no match for the number 3 seeds and England strolled to a 45:22 win. In the semis England drew Scotland who have had a phenomenal Championships and they proved too strong for the England team, who lost 45:33. In the bronze medal play-off, Yvonne and the England team faced Canada in a tense match for the final medal up for grabs. In the end the England team proved too strong and took the bronze medal with ease 45:27.
In other news, Will Deary has been selected for his first senior sabre international. He is travelling to Budapest this week, which will prove to be a big test for him as he travels to the power house of European fencing.
Caitlin Maxwell and Maria Chart also competed in 2 senior national events last weekend, travelling to Cardiff for the Welsh open on Saturday, followed by the Hamlet open in London on Sunday. At the Welsh open, Caitlin fenced calmly and maturely in a strong field to take the silver with Maria Chart took 13th place. Josh Maxwell finished in a strong 11th place in the men’s event. At the Hamlet open, well known for its strong field of competitors, Caitlin finished in 7th place with Maria in 8th. Both these excellent senior results should see their GB senior ranking jump considerably when the rankings are published in December.
Teacher in Charge of Fencing