FENCING – PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS AT CRYSTAL PALACE
Twenty-two RGS fencers travelled down to the National Sports Centre at Crystal Palace last week to take part in the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships – a three-day competition that brings together many of the best fencers in the country.
Sixteen of the squad came through tough group-stage matches to qualify for the knockout stages at the event. Sean Metcalfe was our most successful individual fencer. The Year 11 student reached the last 32 in both foil and sabre, and finished well inside the top half of the draw in a strong epee field. Sixth-former Jonathan Yeates and Louis Gosling from Year 10 also reached the last 32 in the epee and sabre respectively.
Many of our younger fencers, meanwhile, were competing in a national level competition for the first time, but appeared to thrive on the pressure.
Year 8 pupil Reda Zarrad achieved the highest-placed finish of any RGS fencer, coming 24th out of almost 100 competitors in the Foil. Year 9s George Hill and Shiv Mistry were close behind in 36th and 45th respectively. Henry Bakkes and Heiwei Luo, also in Year 9, reached the last 64 stages in both foil and epee.
A number of our more experienced fencers have taken part in other national level competitions recently. Tom Mason (Year 12) won the men’s epee competition at the Southern Fencing GB Cup Qualifier in Newbury, and Louis Gosling took gold in the sabre at the Southern Region British Youth Championships Qualifier in Swindon.
Mr J Eve
Master in Charge of Fencing