Date published: Tue 20 Mar 2018
Author: B. Gibson-Patteux
In January, Whitgift had some great results in the Surrey Fencing Championships, with Andrew Bonner coming in 1st and Toby Osmond 2nd for U19 Sabre. Daniel Lindsay came 1st for U16 Sabre. Whitgift’s Head of Fencing, Mr Pavel Rynes, commented at the time, “This is a good reflection of their hard work and gives us a good benchmark ahead of the school nationals.”
Mr Ian Williams, Whitgift’s dedicated Fencing Coach for the Sabre weapon, also took the Year 7s for their first competition experience at the Leon Paul Junior Series national circuit. They have shown great promise with some of them reaching the L32 stage (the top 32). Daniel Lindsay reached L16 and James McNaughton was 17th in U15 category - very good results for both.
In February, the South East Sabre Championships took place with Whitgift boys securing an exceptional five medals – well done to Benjamin Lindsay (U18 silver), Andrew Bonner (U18 bronze), Luke Padmore (U16 gold), Daniel Lindsay (U16 bronze), and Adiy Saddiq (U12 bronze). Mr Rynes, explained, “These were the most successful South East Championships in many years in the Sabre weapon category for Whitgift, and it’s great to see that Mr Williams is having an excellent impact on our Sabre provisions.
Earlier this month, the South East Épée championships were hosted at Whitgfit; the highlights were Hal Jones taking bronze in U16 and Omari Campbell-Okolo achieving the same result in U14. The best result was achieved by George Simpson, who came 2nd in the U16 category, an excellent result given how competitive the South East region is and that he is a Modern Pentathlete.
As the South East Championships are the qualifiers for British Youth Championships (taking place in Sheffield on the May bank holiday weekend), congratulations to all the medallists who qualified.
Most recently, Whitgift’s fencers took part in the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships, which is held at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre each year. Over 1,400 competitors take part across all three weapons. Mr Rynes commented, “I was proud to see 100% effort from all of our Whitgift fencers. The contribution of every single person meant that we came second overall, receiving the Charles Gault Rose Bowl Trophy. We also won the Winston Churchill Cup – for the overall best school in U18 category.”
The individual medal winners were, Connor Head (U18 Épée – gold), Connor Head (U18 Foil – gold), Connor Head (U18 Sabre – bronze), Daniel Lindsay (U14 Sabre – bronze) and Wesley Hung (U14 Foil – bronze).