Chichester fencers fly flag in British finals

Chichester fencers who flew the flag at the British Youth Championships
Chichester fencers who flew the flag at the British Youth Championships

A number of Chichester fencers headed to Sheffield to represent the south-east at the British Youth Championships.

This massive event sees most of Britain’s top fencers competing – and just qualifying is an achievement in itself.

In the sabre, 14-year-old Archie Evans competed in the boys’ under-16 event. Against seriously-fast and aggressive opposition, he fenced with grace and good manners that were a credit to his club.

Freya Jenkins represented the south-east in the girls’ under-14s – this was only her second major competition and she fenced fabulously.

In epee, Robin Elliot fenced in the under-16 boys with his usual confidence to finish in the top half of the final rankings.

Double qualifier Charlotte Beadle fenced very well in the under-18 girls’ foil and epee. She is a natural eppeist but the standard in the under-18 event was simply superb and after a fantastic first direct elimination round, 16-year-old Beadle was knocked out by eventual medallist Kerenza Bryson.

Chichester’s foilists had the most success. Isaac Jolley, Oscar Pickering and Tom Raymond-Wells fenced superbly in the under-16 foil.

Jolley in particular put in an amazing performance, eventually conceding a narrow defeat to the eventual bronze winner Sebastian Sacchi-Wilson.

In the under-18 event, Oscar O’Hara was spectacular, securing fifth place from an outstanding field.

In the under-14s, Harry Gray fenced very well but young Tara Sallaba, in the under-14 girls’ foil astounded everyone with a magnificent performance, finishing in fifth place and securing her very first medal at the British championships.

If you would like to try fencing, call coach Sharon Blackman on 01243 822753 or email sharonblackman1@googlemail.com

Pictured: L to R, Charlotte Beadle, Freya Jenkins, Robin Elliot, Tom Raymond-Wells, Isaac Jolley, Archie Evans, Oscar Pickering, harry Gray: Inset Right Tara Sallaba, inset Left, Oscar O’Hara

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