14 March 2017
King’s Hall Silver Medallists at British Championships!
With Maisie Everett as Captain, the King’s Hall U11 Foil Fencing Team comprising Maisie, Maya Penn and Emma Duckham travelled to Millfield School recently, destined for the British Schools Championship.
Run by British Fencing, it’s one of the most prestigious dates in the calendar for school fencing, and brings in over 169 teams from all across the country. They went with high hopes but with realistic expectations! This was a format of competition none of us had done before and with a relatively new fencer who only started in September - we all had our fingers crossed!
With long fights to 45 hits, constant intense pressure and strong competition - including last year’s Silver medal winners - it was clear that the King’s Hall team were going to have to fight tactically as well as pull out some extra grit, serious tenacity and superpower energy!
The spectators, other coaches and parents were treated to a superb display of team guts, strong tactics, awesome defence and some extreme come-backs from situations that, at times looked bleak. An amazing performance from Emma Duckham, who not only managed to bring some brilliant defence to the team, but was scoring some great points for her level of experience; there was an absolute nail-biter last point win for Maya to take them through to the finals -she held her nerve when it counted! Maisie brought her unerring focus, strength and fortitude and played some incredibly tactical fights, with her amazing ‘never give up’ spirit coming out on top over some serious competition.
A truly team effort - which was noted by a number of spectators/coaches, who took the time to come up and congratulate each member of the team at different times. So it was this inspiring performance that took the girls to take the Silver medal at the British Schools Championship - a massive achievement and one that has put King’s Hall fencing firmly on the map. A terrific result - well done girls!