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Winton Veterans Team 2015

The Veteran Winton Cup was held in the Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Shropshire, early September 2015

The London team line up was:

Men’s épée: Mark Richardson, Peet Sasaki, Claude Haller
Women’s épée: Jacqueline Hibbert, Helen Thouless, Janet Cooksey
Men’s foil: Kenny Jones, Graham Paul, Berl Goldbart
Women’s foil: Janet Perkins, Catiusha Lupinetti, Amanda Gray
Men’s sabre: Kamal Yasin, Kevin Alexander, Layton Reid
Women’s sabre: Annaick Dulac, Virginie Ellul

The team came 8th overall but had a great weekend. Anyone wishing to be considered for the 2016 comp can register their interest through



The Winton Competitions

The Winton Cup series of competitions (Veteran, Senior and Cadet) was founded by Sir Nicholas Winton and brother Robert in 1950. Sir Nicholas represented England in 1938 and was selected for the 1940 Olympics, which were of course, cancelled.

In 1988 we learned that Sir Nicholas was responsible for saving 669 children from Czechoslovakia in 1938 by running trains to the coast and rehoming them in the UK and Sweden. He died in 2015 aged 106.

These competitions are now run in his honour. They are six weapon team events. London Region organises the Senior and Junior teams representing London with fencers being chosen from EF ranking lists.

Anyone interested in the Veteran competition (aged 40+) can register through


Pre-Season Training Camp 2015 – Gallery

A great turn out of foilists for the August Training Camp this year.

Maciej Wojtkowiak keeps an eye on the last day ‘friendly competition’ as the fencers practice the lessons learned over the three days of the camp.

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Queens Birthday Honours for fencing club founder

England Fencing – London Region congratulates Linda Strachan for her British Empire Medal awarded for Services to Community Sport!

Linda founded Newham Swords ten years ago, on retiring from international competition and having been a European and Olympic fencer. Together with fellow Olympian Pierre Harper, her aim was to develop fencing talent from the youth of east London.

With more than a dozen fencers taking medals in national and international U20 competitions she has certainly achieved that aim and the club is going from strength to strength. This has come about with great dedication and continuous fund raising efforts. Well done Linda!