RGS Fencers recently travelled to the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield to compete in the 2018 British Youth Championships National Age Group Finals. Here is an overview of the three days of competition:
Will Fallows took part in the Under 14 Boys’ Epee. This was his first time at the National Finals and given the size of the event he acquitted himself well. He got the event off to a very good start winning his first pool fight. He went on to win one other and was seeded 37th. He then excelled himself by winning his first elimination fight against seeding to get into the 32 where he put up a good fight but lost 15-11 to finish 31st.
Tom Ehlers and Will Osborne competed in the Under 16s. Both started well winning their first fights. Tom went on to win another and Will won all but one, making Tom the 34th seed and Will the 14th. Tom went out in a tough battle with a physically much bigger opponent to finish 37th. Will had an easier last 64 fight winning 15-2, but a tough last 32 fight that he lost 15-9. He finished 21st.
Abigail Watkins, an experienced competitor won all but one in her pool in the Under 18s. This seeded her 10th. Unsurprisingly her first elimination fight was not too much of a problem with a win of 15-4. Next was a much harder fight, but she went on to win 15-11 for a place in the last 8 as she has done each year. The quarter finals were tough, but once she had an answer she extended her gap and won 15-10 to go into the semi- finals and thus beating all her previous performances at this event. The score made it look as though the semi-final was easy, but she worked hard and fenced with discipline to beat her friend and training partner 15-4 to get to the final.
The final was tough. It was a real game of technical execution but Abi fought through to become British Under 18 Women’s Epee Champion.
Well done to everyone, especially well done to Abigail Watikins RGS’s latest British Age Group Champion (for anyone who is counting that means an RGS fencer has won this trophy three times in the last four years!).