Truro’s youth fencers once again came away from a national championships having secured more medals than any other individual club in the country when they competed at the England Youth Championships in Hatfield.
Strong performances from Jamie Craze in U15 boys sabre secured him the bronze medal, with a nail-biting semi- final just going against him 15-14. Alex Boote was placed 9th in the same category.
Maia Fashokun in U13 girls’ sabre matched Jamie’s performance, clinching bronze in the face of strong opposition. Also in the U13 girls’ competition Maia’s club-mate Molly Wood, showed how much progress she has made with a commendable 6th place.
U11 Boys sabre saw Orlando Davies pick up an excellent second place and the silver medal, after confident performances throughout the day. Another Cornish fencer, Henry Hurst, was placed 5th, with Wiktor Kujawski also reaching the quarter-finals, and placing 8th.
The U13 Boys’ Sabre produced another Truro finalist, with Bertie Holdsworth securing the silver medal in one of the strongest categories, missing out on the national title by the narrowest margin 10-9.
Bertie’s Truro club-mate James Kincaid aslo showed the strides he’s made this season with a quarter-final spot, and an 8th place finish overall. Luke Haynes was placed 10th, with Sam Boorne in 12th place.
In U15 Girls’ Sabre, Maria Chart battled through to the final in a high quality field, but just missed out on the gold medal. Maria took silver, with Truro club-mate Caitlin Maxwell winning bronze, and Jenna Bray in her first national championships taking 5th place. Lily Wood was placed 15th.
The final event of the day, U11 Girls Sabre, saw the weekend ending on a high for Truro, with a dominant display from Jenny Howarth.
Jenny fought through to the final, where she met Aaliyah Sharplin (Rivington Park) in a high-quality match which Jenny dominated with her strong footwork and fast attacks. Jenny clinched the gold medal and the British U11 Girls Sabre title with a 10-5 victory.
Gaby Rothwell picked up a 4th bronze medal for Truro in the same category in her very first national competition, and Lexie Craze, aged just 8 years old, took a promising 5th place.
Truro Fencing Club’s Head Coach, Jon Salfield, paid tribute to the fencers and coaching team.
He said: ”We have now come to expect extremely high standards from our young fencers and their coaches, but we musn’t lose sight of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.
“In particular we should recognise the work of Chris Buxton, Balazs Kurucz, Kenichi Yamamoto and Paul Caine, who make up the UK’s most impressive coaching team, and the essential support from our fitness coach Jon Rhodes and the club’s physio Oliver Hughes”.
Full Truro results:
U15 Boys Sabre: 3rd Jamie Craze, 9th Alex Boote, 19th Oscar Davies
U13 Boys Sabre: 2nd Bertie Holdsworth, James Kincaid 8th, Luke Haynes 10th, Sam Boorne 12th, Matthew Rothwell 25th
U11 Boys Sabre: 3rd Oscar Davies, 5th Henry Hurst, 8th Wiktor Kujawski
U15 Girls Sabre: 2nd Maria Chart, 3rd Caitlin Maxwell, 5th Jenna Bray, 15th Lily Wood
U13 Girls Sabre: 3rd Maia Fashokun, 6th Molly Wood, 10th, Annabel Eastwood, 13th Keely Rodda
U11 Girls Sabre: 1st Jenny Howarth, 3rd Gaby Rothwell, 5th Lexie Craze
U15 Girls Foil: 26th Jamsine Fassenfelt, 31st Natasha Loydell
U13 Boys Epee: 26th Trystan Spary
U11 Boys Epee: 31st Ben Williams