Juniors from Sway Fencing travelled to Newbury for the Hampshire Age Group Foil competition hosted by Cheam School.
In only their second competitive outing, Will Prendergast and Arnie Seal took on the county’s more seasoned junior fencers in the Under-14 and Under-12 classes. Despite foil being the second weapon for both boys, they put up a lively fight against completely unknown opposition. Seal demonstrated a mature attitude in summing up their approach to the day saying, “if you win, you win, if you lose you lose – it’s a learning experience.” Seal finished eighth in the largest entry of the day.
Prendergast fought through a tough draw to secure third place in the Boys Under-14, an unexpected medal at the end of a tough day’s fencing.
Result of the day went to Lauren Begbour in the Under-16 Girls contest. Begbour, also training at Winchester and competing nationally in the Premier Foil Series, checked in after the Camden Premier Foil competition on the previous day with low expectations. However, after two hard fought battles in the direct elimination, winning both 15-14, Begbour progressed to a difficult final, winning the hard way one more time, 15-14, to take the title.
Prendergast and Seal are looking forward to the forthcoming épée events – their weapon of choice – while Begbour has to challenge the senior ladies at the Hampshire Open in the new year.