Thanks to all those who entered the CAPITAL OPEN at Sportsdock
Our next competition is the Winter Open Novice and Intermediate competition at St Benedicts School Ealing on 28th January. Look forward to seeing you again.
The results of the Winter Novice and Intermediate Competition on 29th January are now available here
The Summer N&I will be on 9th July. Full details available soon
The competition organisers do not seem to have published the results so we are unable to tell you exactly who came where in what weapon! We do know that London came 8th out of the 11 regions who entered. (2014, 4th)
Whilst we seek to get hold of them below is a report by Neil Hutchison, one of our Team Captains, and also a link to some photographs taken by Arash Farmanfarmian, our on site correspondent that weekend.
You can download any pics you like. They will remain available for a couple of months.
The London Region teams had a great weekend at the Cadet Winton on 19/20 December 2015. All 15 rounds went smoothly but our teams needed to secure 28 individual wins against any other region in order to beat them.
We had slightly weaker teams than last year with many high ranked London Region fencers not able to accept their selections due to other commitments, however it was a great opportunity for some of our other fencers to compete and enjoy the experience of taking part in this prestigious and fun team event.
The Team Captains, Neil Hutchison (Cobra Swords) and Denis Cranwell (St Benedict’s) were very impressed with the team camaraderie displayed and the exemplary behaviour of the fencers. They really fought hard for every fight, which was very impressive. London Region finished down from 2014’s 4th place to finish 8th overall, but we did beat three other regions: Yorkshire, Eastern (with very strong foil teams), and East Midlands.
Our fencers really pushed to win as they understood that every fight counted. On occasion, our fencers would win one or two matches only but on two occasions these were the fights which clinched us victory in those matches.
It was great having Kathy O’Sullivan and Arash Farmanfarmian as our parent chaperones as they showed a real interest and supported all our fencers throughout the event (& took thousands of photos!). Our London Region fencers went home happy after a great weekend of fencing and we look forward taking part in the Cadet Winton in 2016!
From a report by Team Captain Neil Hutchison
London Region is looking forward to joining the 28th Cadet Winton with a full squad of fencers from clubs across London competing for their region.
This prestigious event, established by Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, brings together selected foilists, sabreurs and epeeists from across the regions to compete at Millfield School in Somerset. The 2015 competition is being held over the weekend of 19/20 December.
Fencers were selected, subject to their availability, by London Region from GB Cadet (U17) and England rankings.
Six teams of boys and girls in three weapons will be travelling together on the team bus, with Team Captains Neil Hutchison of Cobra Swords and Denis Cranwell of St Benedict’s. Over the years, many of our top GB fencers have competed at the Cadet Winton and, as well as being a very enjoyable event, it is great for these young fencers to have their London Region selection on their fencing CVs.
Historical Note: Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE was a British humanitarian who organised the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. He and his brother were keen fencers and founded the Winton Cup in 1959, long before we knew of his famous exploits. The Cadet Winton and Veteran Winton team competitions followed later and are still held every year. Sir Nicholas died, aged 105, in July 2015, and we continue these competitions in his memory.
Neil and Denis will be doubling up as referees, coaches and team captains and would welcome some extra assistance. You can reach us via the Contact page
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|Ladies Foil||Costanza Russo||Salle Boston|
|Aglaia Russo||Salle Boston|
|Fernanda da Silva||St Benedicts|
|Anna Curtis||St Benedicts|
|Men’s Foil||Matthew Jerome||Salle Boston|
|Rupert Thomas||Salle Paul|
|David Cuss||St Benedicts|
|Ladies Sabre||Lumeng Yang||Camden|
|Celeste Bergne||Cobra Swords|
|Mens Sabre||Lucas Achkar||Escrime|
|Ladies Epee||Ariana Farmanfarmaian||Brixton|
|Mens Epee||David Farmanfarmaian||Brixton|
The annual London Youth Championships, qualifier for the British Youth Championships (BYC), will be held over the weekend of 13th (foil) and 14th (epee and sabre) February. Get the dates in your calendar today! #gbfencing
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 http://www.veterans-fencing.co.uk/
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 http://www.veterans-fencing.co.uk/