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.


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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.

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