New Forest fencers dominated the medal tables at the recent Hampshire Junior Epee & Sabre Championships in Winchester, the two clubs taking no less than seven medals between them, including three gold.
Lymington Walhampton Fencing Club (LWFC) and Sway Fencing club have had an ever increasing presence at local and national competitions this season, including four qualifiers for the British Youth Championships.
The U14 boys sabre saw an all Lymington final, with Asher White (LWFC) taking gold after a hard fought battle against his good friend and fellow club member, Garreth Read (LWFC) who took silver in the 15-9 final. Jacob Crick (Sway) in only his third competition demonstrated his grasp of the complex art of sabre fencing, collected a well-deserved bronze. In the U14 girls sabre Grace Marrs (LWFC) showed real class and was only narrowly defeated by the powerful actions of her opponent, taking the girls’ gold medal and overall 3rd place.
Ally Hood (LWFC) in his first county competition won the U18 sabre gold after fighting off very strong competition in a combined U18/adult pool, eventually winning the final 15-8.
The Epee was dominated by fencers from Sway Fencing, silver and bronze going to Will Predergast (Sway) and Jack Gale (Sway) respectively. Jack beat Serena Hogg (Sway) to reach the semi-final, only to be knocked out by the eventual champion. Prendergast’s final began as a cautious bout with neither fencer wanting to concede any hits, though both showed admirable skill in the process. Unable to close a deficit, at full time the score finished 8-12.
With a good haul of medals at county and regional level, and more junior talent coming through, prospects for next season are looking good.