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6 January 2017

Fencers continue to improve

Maisie Everett led the charge at the annual Bath Schools competition last term! The 'King's Schools' showed a good breadth of entrants with three fencers in the Junior Foil (Maisie Everett, Joshua and Emma Duckham), two in Senior Foil (Hannah Johnston and Austin Kamsner) and one in Senior Sabre (Ollie Bell).

All performed brilliantly and for some (Hannah and Emma), who were in their first ever competition, every hit was a victory!

In the girls competition Maisie brought home the silverware with 2nd place (losing in a nail biting match by just one point) and Emma showed some great promise finishing sixth overall. Joshua is really starting to come into his own finishing 6th out of 25th in the boys competition and we look forward to him continuing his progress up the results tables next year!

In the Sabre, Ollie Bell finished in 15th place and we were especially proud when his matches against the eventual winner and runner up resulted in both those fencers commending him on some great 'parries'! Well done Ollie!

In the afternoon it was the Senior foil and Hannah was just starting to peak as the competition drew to a close - but her fight mentality had started to come through and the other beginners better watch out in the end of term tournament next week!

Well done to Austin Kamsner as well (who is our first King’s Hall fencer now up at King's College) finishing 8th out of 19.

If you'd like to have a go, do consider signing up to either Foil (Monday) or Sabre (Wed) next term. These are completely free of charge hobbies and a great opportunity to take advantage of the schools relationship with Taunton Deane Blades (who kindly lend us all of the kit!) We are especially looking for 'left handers' as our fencers need some more left handed practice!

The end of term tournament showed how far this school club has come in the few years we have been up and running. An excellent standard of fencing in the Intermediate competition resulting in Joshua Duckham coming a close second to Maya Penn.

For the beginners, who just started fencing in September, we were treated to a display of pretty good footwork, cunning, controlled aggression, patience, timing and intent! All important elements for 'fencers in the making' with Hannah Johnston claiming the crown but some notable performances from Emma Duckham, Arjun Millan, Denzel Zuofa and Cameron Fraser - well done!

We look forward to next term when the British Schools Championships are being held at Millfield and we hope very much to be able to enter a number of teams.

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