Swords sharpen as medals flow!
Newham Swords added to their ever-increasing medal collection by taking four awards at the Newham Leon Paul National Junior Tournament, held at the weekend. Young star Rajan Rai took gold in the under-13 boys category, to add to his two golds in Camden an
Newham Swords added to their ever-increasing medal collection by taking four awards at the Newham Leon Paul National Junior Tournament, held at the weekend.
Young star Rajan Rai took gold in the under-13 boys category, to add to his two golds in Camden and Cambridge, while team-mates Kamal Minott and Jai Birch took silver and bronze in the same age group, making it a one-two-three for Newham.
Rai's wins at the his last three National Junior events means he has now won the under-13 age group of the Leon Paul Junior series, making him the top under-13 fencer in the country.
His success follows in the footsteps of club-mates and GB internationals, Amol Rattan, who won the title in 2007, and Alex Savin, who took the honour in 2008.
The Sword's fourth medal of the tournament came from eight-year-old Alice Campbell, when she beat Yasmin Campbell 4-3 in a nail-biting final, to take the under-nine girls' catergory.
Other outstanding results on the day came from Kaimilia Mouaziz, who came fifth in the under-nine girls' event, while Halim Mouaziz was eighth in the under-nine boys' category.
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There were also good performances from Pearce Clarke, Cameron Mutale, Nathan Dickison and James Kempster (under-11 boys), Rachel Shaw (under-11 girls), Frankie Kempster and Ruhi Singha (under-13 girls), Alan Lozovik, Daniel Alzapiedi, Robbie Shaw, Joao De Souza, James Urdzal and Habib Adebajo (under-13 boys) and Aaron Blair-Edmund (under-15 boys).
There were futher successes at the weekend for Rachel Shaw, who took bronze in the under-11 girls' event at the Southampton Junior Premier Event.
"It's been a great year for Newham Swords," said club manager Linda Strachan.
"We not only have the top under-13 boy (Rajan Rai) in the country, but also the GB under-17 champion (Amol Rattan), the Paris International under-15 champion (Alex Savin), as well as three fencers in the top five of the GB under-17 men's and women's rankings.
"Our next aim is to have a member of Newham Swords represent GB at the under-17 European Championships and the under-17 World Championships.