117 fencing teams from all over the country took part in the British School Team Championships at Brunel University over the weekend of 12th and 13th March 2011.
This is 40 more teams than last year, largely due to the increased number of State Schools taking part which is a great boost for British Fencing.
At the last Olympic Games, just under 50% of British medal winners from all sports were from private schools, which educates only 7 per cent of the country's children. There are several reasons for this which is for another discussion, but clearly anything that can be done to address this will be positive for any sport.
Eltham College entered twenty-four pupils from year 5 to year 10 in teams of three or four fencers over seven events throughout the weekend.
All our fencers fought to the best of their ability and put on a great display of team work and comradeship.
We decided to allow all our team fencers to take part, rather than enter a smaller number of ‘Dream Teams’ simply to win medals, however we still left with three team medals.
Well done to all fencers taking part, the full results haven’t been published yet but the following fencers were the medal winners:
SILVER U11 Epee – Oakley Hill-Smith, Luke Wells and Harrison Hazeldine
BRONZE U11 Foil – Luke Wells, Lewis Tuck, Fergus James and Isak Larsson-Yaprak
BRONZE U13 Foil – Owen Tuck, Andrew Hughes, Tim Pearson and Elliott Wedge.
Pictures from the weekend are here