Amol buries the rest to take British crown

NEWHAM SWORDS fencer Amol Rattan made his mark at the weekend by becoming one of the youngest fencers to win the GB under-17 Championships, held at the EIS Centre in Sheffield. Seeded one after the first round, Rattan, 15, went on to knock out the GB numb

NEWHAM SWORDS fencer Amol Rattan made his mark at the weekend by becoming one of the youngest fencers to win the GB under-17 Championships, held at the EIS Centre in Sheffield.

Seeded one after the first round, Rattan, 15, went on to knock out the GB number one - Alex Tofalides - in the last eight before disposing of GB number seven Thomas Corbett in the semi-finals.

He then came up against the British number two Kristjan Archer in the final, and saw off the challenge to be crowned champion.

The result means that Rattan moves up from fifth to third in the GB under-17 rankings and also puts him in contention for the Cadet World Championships next April, where the top three GB ranked fencers are selected.

"This is a fantastic achievement for Amol and Newham Swords," said his coach Pierre Harper. "It also gives the club its first national champion, so our congratulations go to Amol."

The Swords also enjoyed some other outstanding results on the day, as Alex Savin came eighth which means he moves up to ninth in the GB under-17 rankings.

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Ife Kubler also achieved a personal best, reaching the last 16 of the women's event.

Due to their success at these championships, Rattan, Savin and Kubler have now been selected to fence for GB in under-17 internationals in Germany, Austria and France, taking place in October, November and December.

"The coaches and I are really proud of the fact that we now have three GB internationals at Newham Swords," said club manager, Linda Strachan.

"We now look forward to helping them qualify for the Cadet World Championships, which take place next year."

Rattan, Savin and Kubler were not the only Newham Swords fencers in action, as younger club-mates, Alan Lozovik (aged 11), Kamal Minott (aged 11) and Rachel Shaw (aged 10) added to the club's ever-expanding medal collection by taking three bronzes with fine displays at the Leicester Leon Paul National Junior Tournament and the Southampton Premier Series National Junior Event.

If you would like to join in the success of Newham Swords, or simply try out the Olympic sport of fencing, why not contact Linda on 07956 618898.

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