2014 – 2015 Season Round-up

Its coming up to the end of the fencing season and news has been thin on the ground of late on this site as we have all been slightly busy with our lives. Nonetheless this masks the fact that this has been perhaps a bit of a corker of a year for the club. Not just the trophies and the silverware (more on those later), but for the fact that we have seen a number of new faces join our club, both in the junior and adult section who have made excellent progress and who are treading on the toes of some of the long term members who will have to up their game.

The other side of fencing, beyond technical excellence is competition,and this year Sutton Coldfield Fencing Club has raked in a number of gongs, punching once again above our weight, (or thrusting beyond our reach!)

Gongs:

Tomas Kazik
Shropshire Open – epee – Gold
Cocks Moor Epee Open – epee – Gold
Birmingham International Open – epee – Silver
West Midland Senior Championships – epee – Gold

Imogen Blackley
West Midlands BYC – Foil – Gold
West Midlands Senior Championships – Foil – Bronze

Oliver Nash
West Midlands BYC – Foil – Bronze.

Tomas Kazik, Dave Cox, Julie Foster
Presidents Cup (mixed team three weapon) – Champions

Plus Gavin Rudge achieved his Level 2 BAF Coachng award.

The victories and accolades above are not the full story however, because while we have had our share of successes this year we have also had many fencers who have taken or continue to the plunge into competition, and not just from the senior club, like Charles, Waiman and Archie who do continue to do us credit.

Imogen, Oliver and Danielle were selected to the BYC finals in Sheffield, which is an awesome achievement. We should also we should point out the achievements of our Junior fencers, many who competed in their first regional british youth championships and and represented their club.

To round off its been an excellent year for us, and as the summer approaches we begin to look forward to another year, to sharpening our newer blades for next year and perhaps teach thinking of teaching you some new tricks – without forgetting the basics of course! On a final note I would like to thank Archie for helping me Gavin and Julie with the youth section. Has the reflexes of a cat and eyes of a hawk, which you kind of need with the kids.

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Birmingham International 2015

tomasTomas Kazik did the honours by coming second in the Men’s Epee event in this prestigious competition. He won all his matches except the very last one so a truly excellent result.

Ian also entered the Epee and Charles and Danielle entered the foil event. For Danielle, this was the first time she had entered this competition (hopefully not the last!)

British Youth Championship Qualifiers 31st January 2015

Sutton entered a record number of fencers this year, and for many it was their first competition. It was a very good day and the results don’t really reflect how well they did as many narrowly lost their DE by one or two points. Imogen and Olly did especially well coming 1st and 3rd in their age groups.

Boys U10
Benjamin Crowley (5th)

Boys U12
Jack Gaunt (10th), Matt McLaughlan (11th), Luke Crowley (12th), Ben Wharton (18th)

Boys U14
Olly Nash (Joint 3rd), Kieran Meakin (8th)

Boys U18
Archie Bunney (8th)

Girls U16
Imogen Blakeley (1st)

Girls U18
Danielle Birch (3rd)