It’s London Region’s CAPITAL OPEN 6 Weapon Championship time of year again. A lot of good fencers entered last year’s inaugural event and a lot of good fencers enjoyed it, so we’re happy to announce this year’s CAPITAL OPEN 2018. Extended details are set out below but, essentially, it’s the first renewal of this growing annual Open organised by London Region and held at a top rate venue each year. It’s aimed at men and women foilists, epeeists and sabreurs from anywhere throughout the UK or abroad and wherever you come from you’ll be very welcome. This year it will be on 1st December at the Jean Brown Arena, a modern stand-alone facility purpose built at the Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre for the 2012 Olympics. There will be a trophy for each champion and commemorative medals for silver and bronze places. It would be great to meet you there so why not enter now. Full details here
Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of London Region Fencing will be held on Monday 26th November 2018 at 7:15pm at St Martin of Porres School, Blake Road, New Southgate, N11 2AF.
The Meeting will be held for the following purposes:
- to consider of the Minutes of the previous AGM held on 20th November 2017,
- to receive the Report from the Chairman,
- to receive the Accounts of the Region for the financial period ended on 30th June 2018,
- to elect or re-elect Officers and Members of the Committee to replace those who retire, and
- to consider any other appropriate business.
*London Region is defined to embrace the City of London and all other areas covered by the 32 Boroughs represented on the London Assembly.
Any fencer, coach, parent of a fencer, or others involved in, or interested in Fencing in the London Region may attend the AGM. However, the only persons entitled to vote and, unless invited by the Chairman, to speak at the Meeting are those individual members of British Fencing who are formally affiliated to London Region, who are at least 18 years old at the time of the Meeting, and who have been a registered member of British Fencing for at least three months prior to the date of the Meeting.
Tea/coffee will be available after the meeting. If you would like to attend, please let us know by sending your name and BF Membership Number to the London Region Secretary, James Kneller, whose details appear at the foot of this notice.
If you wish to put yourself forward for election to the duties of any committee post that might fall vacant, you must provide the London Region Secretary with written notice of such by no later than Monday 19th November 2018
If you wish to vote by proxy, you must use the Form of Proxy which is available on the London Region Website. It must be completed as instructed thereon and received by the Secretary not less than 48 hours before the meeting.
The London Region Fencing AGM and elections are subject to the provisions of the London Region Fencing Constitution, a copy of which is available on our Web site.
James Kneller Secretary London Region
The 2018 All Weapon Team Competition was held on 21st October. 23 teams took part, Foil and Epee fighting 2 rounds of poules short format while Sabre fought long format team matches, Full results can now be seen here .
Young Fencers Take Centre Stage in London
Spring has sprung for 2018 and the London Region Youth Championships have provided the stage for a host of London’s promising young fencers to strut their stuff fighting for the Region’s top spots and for their chance to fence in this year’s British Youth Championships finals. And, once again, we’ve seen first class performances that hold out huge hope for the future of fencing across the capital.
Held over the first two weekends of March, our Saturday 3rd at Sportsdock fell foul of ‘the Beast from the East’. But Londoners are a staunch lot and, paradoxically, we had fewer no-shows than last year. The second tranche, at St Benedicts, had no such problems. In fact the Championships overall ran pretty smoothly.
More than 250 fencers entered. Forty were already ‘fast-tracked’ for the BYCs [having won a bye last year] and a further 87 won through the London Championships to qualify. So a total of 127 are set to represent themselves and London Region in Sheffield over the May Day bank holiday. Last year London Region topped the points table. No pressure there then! And we wish each and every one of our fencers a successful and enjoyable tournament this year.
The Under 10s Epee BYCs took place in the last days of February and it was brilliant news for the Region there too. The top 4 places in the boy’s event went to London fencers, as did 3 of the top 5 places in the girl’s. Full results are on the BF website. Congratulations to everyone involved. We look forward to seeing you next year.
The last few days of January so it must have been the London Region Open Novice & Intermediate Competition. And it was!
Sunday 28th, St Benedicts School, Ealing. Only a few days earlier we’d lost one of the arenas we’d booked so we were down by 4 pistes and had to close entries. And we’d had to disappoint 25 more fencers who wanted to join after the event closed. But with 86 entries already confirmed it was still our biggest N&I so far.
Fencers from Somerset and Southampton came. Fencers from Oxford and Chelmsford. Fencers from Lincoln, Canterbury, Maidenhead. And fencers from London on home turf. Familiar faces and new from all points of the compass but with one shared objective – a good days fencing in a friendly, welcoming environment.
Did all of them get what they came for? We hope so. And from the good humour, the exhaustion, the sweat, and the smiles around the place, we dare to think that lots of people went home happy. [Results below.]
We can’t wait to see them back again and to welcome more new faces too. So why not keep an eye out for our future competitions.
On Monday 5 February we’ll publish details of our new ‘London Region Intermediate Championships’ scheduled for Sunday 29th April. Our next Open Novice & Intermediate will be in early July.
Mens Novice Foil
|1||YUN||Lok||LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|2||NGO||Le||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||FAIRBAIRN||Alexander||UNIVERSITY OF KENT|
|3||KELLAWAY||Jed||UNIVERSITY OF KENT|
|5||SPRIGG||Christopher||NORTH KESTEVEN FENCING CLUB|
|7||LEE||Yoon||LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|8||VILLÉGER||Vincent||WIMBLEDON FENCING CLUB|
|9||ANDREWS||George||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
|10||YOUNG||Richard||WIMBLEDON FENCING CLUB|
|11||ZILIC DE ARCOS||Federico||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
|12||JUSTICE||Simon||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
Mens Intermediate Foil
|1||COWLEY||Matthew||SALLE PAUL FENCING CLUB|
|2||LI||Weiqi||FIGHTING FIT FENCING CLUB|
|3||MILES||Graham||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||OSSOLA||Gregorio||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|5||WOOLLARD||Nick||SALLE PAUL FENCING CLUB|
|6||HALEY||Stephen||LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|7||BROSNAN||Gerald||SALLE PAUL FENCING CLUB|
|8||CASANOVA||Juan||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|9||DE BONO||Mike||FIGHTING FIT FENCING CLUB|
|11||SPENCE||Gavin||CLUB DES ARTISTES|
Womens Novice Foil
|1||LEPADATU||Irina||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
|2||VOLODINA||Anastasiya||LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||BRETTINGHAM||Madeleine||STREATHAM FENCING CLUB|
|3||BUTLER||Erin||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
|5||GIBBONS||Alli||MALLARD FENCING CLUB|
|6||DI BELLA||Laura||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|7||ASTLEY||Philippa||OXFORD UNIVERSTIY FENCING CLUB|
|8||OLSEN||Ashley||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
Womens Intermediate Foil
|1||CHAMPION||Aly||FENCERS CLUB LONDON|
|2||CASE-PUNTER||Isobel||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||LUPINETTI||Catiuscha||THE CITY FENCING CLUB|
|5||AVENAS||Chloe||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|6||COSTA||Monica||CLUB DES ARTISTES|
|7||NODA||Miho||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|8||NEWMAN||Rose||UNIVERSITY OF KENT|
Novice Mens Epee
|1||DROUIN||Maxime||KNIGHTSBRIDGE FENCING CLUB|
|2||EVANS||Mark||COLCHESTER & DISTRICT FENCING CLUB|
|3||BALAZS||Peter||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||LIM||Ye-Sheen||UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|5||ATKINS||Gareth||HAVERSTOCK FENCING CLUB|
|6||ALANI||Issa||SOUTHAMPTON EPEE CLUB|
|7||BURNS||Dermot||CHELMSFORD FENCING CLUB|
|8||JACKSON||Lewis||READING FENCING CLUB|
|9||NIKOLAOU||Nikos||LONDON THAMES FENCING CLUB|
|10||BOARDMAN||Colin||EASTBOURNE FENCING CLUB|
|10||TSAO||Jasper||UNIVERSITY OF KENT|
|12||GABOR||Bernat||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|13||REEVE||Stacey||CHELMSFORD FENCING CLUB|
Mens Intermediate Epee
|1||NASIF||Kareem||LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|2||RICHARDSON||Mark||WIMBLEDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||DASH||James||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||FARMANFARMAIAN||David||BRIXTON FENCING CLUB|
|5||MOLINO||Maurizio||CLUB DES ARTISTES|
|6||HOGARTH-SCOTT||Jolyon||CLUB DES ARTISTES|
|7||CLARKE||Patrick||CLUB DES ARTISTES|
|9||HUGHES||Michael||LUSO FENCING ACADEMY|
Womens Intermediate Epee
|1||FARMANFARMAIAN||Ariana||BRIXTON FENCING CLUB|
|3||PRITCHARD||Lucy-Ann||DACORUM FENCING CLUB|
|3||SCHERMANN||Pamela||CENTRAL LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|5||MACIEJEC-BISKUP||Laura||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|7||BAPTISTE HALLIDAY||Mercedes||BRIXTON FENCING CLUB|
|8||SLOPER||Lucy||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
Mens Novice Sabre
|1||RICHARDS||Carl||CAMDEN FENCING CLUB|
|2||BENAVIDEZ||Dean||SOUTHAMPTON UNIVERSITY FENCING CLUB|
|3||AL-JABIR||Ahmed||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|3||PAK||Cheng Yeen||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
Mens Intermediate Sabre
|1||TAN||Ryan||LEON PAUL SABRE|
|2||ROOME||Simon||MALLARD FENCING CLUB|
|3||HARRIS||George||ABERYSTWYTH STUDENTS’ UNION|
|3||SANDIG||Oliver||CAMDEN FENCING CLUB|
Womens Intermediate Sabre
|1||REYES||Daniella Claude||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|2||SAKKIR||Nibras Balqis||UNIVERSITY OF KENT|
|3||LOY||Bronte||MALLARD FENCING CLUB|
|3||MACCLANCY||Caitlin||QUEEN MARY BARTS AND THE LONDON FENCING CLUB|
|5||HOGG||Natalie||ABERYSTWYTH STUDENTS’ UNION|
With more and more of the big Opens seeming to have disappeared from the calendar, London Region chooses to buck the trend and launch a new event to grow to fill the gap.
Scroll forward to Saturday 2 December, East London, and around a hundred fencers descend on Sportsdock for the first ever ‘London Region CAPITAL OPEN’. From as far as Truro, Dublin and Paris they come, each looking to top the tableau in one of the 6 weapon contests.
With a full team of experienced referees on hand from the get-go there’s absolutely no self-refereeing: every fencer’s able to concentrate entirely on their own game.
There’s some spare piste capacity too, so we run a Plate competition for the largest weapon, Mens Foil, and it’s well received by those knocked out in the first DE’s. In fact everything seems well received.
Hundreds of energetic matches, seven exciting finals, and seven awards presentations later, we start to head home. Fencers and organisers alike are tired. But we all seem happy-tired. And from the smiles and positive comments throughout the day it looks like things have gone pretty well for this, the inaugural event.
So thanks to all who took part. We hope you had a good time. We hope you’ll come back next year. And we hope you’ll spread the word that the CAPITAL OPEN is a capital event in more than just its name.
In the meantime you might like to check the gallery to see whether you’re in one of the pics. And if you have others you’d like to send us we’ll try to put some of them up