REDDITCH Youth Fencing Club members recently enjoyed a terrific couple of days at the Hereford & Worcester Fencing Championships, which took place at Trinity High School.
Cloe Kindon, who attends Church Hill Middle School, followed up on her West Midlands regional under ten triumph to become the H&W under ten champion.
Cloe has only been fencing since September last year and has had an amazing first year at the club.
Alex Cupper from The Downs School in Malvern, who also fences at Hereford Club and Malvern Club, won the under ten boys category, also completing a county/regional double after his success earlier this year at the West Midlands Championships.
Dan Steer of Coughton Primary School lost to Theo Eggar from Hereford in the semi-final but won a hard earned bronze medal, whilst Alex Carolan of Bowbrook House School in Peopleton, near Pershore, finished fifth and Archie Bullet of Coughton Primary School was sixth.
This was a great result for Archie as he had only been fencing for six weeks.
Adam Sooklall of Fairway Primary School in Kings Norton was very pleased with his bronze medal in the under 12 boys category, despite losing to Ellis Shepherd from Hereford who went on to win the gold medal.
Latisha Cook of Henley-in-Arden took the gold medal in the under 12 girls category and was very pleased to better her bronze medal from earlier this year in the West Midlands Championships. In this event she comfortably beat club-mate Emilia Kmiotek of Solihull in the final.
Ben Webb of Bentley Heath School was disappointed not to follow up on his regional title of earlier this year when he lost in the final of the under 14 boys to William Hayden from Hereford Club.
Adrian Kmiotek of Solihull had a difficult day, finishing in sixth place, and in the end was unfortunate to go out 10-9 in extra time to Jay Skelhorn from Hereford.
In the under 16 boys event Redditch Fencing Club had a clean sweep of the medals with gold in the end going to Jan Rudski of Dickens Heath, who beat club captain Dan T’hart of Studley High School in the final, earning revenge after Dan knocked him out of the West Midlands Championships a few months earlier.
Anthony Bull of Tudor Grange Academy Redditch and Jacob Mayall of Studley High each won bronze medals.
Following on from a great Saturday, on the Sunday the Epee version of the competition ran and Alex Cupper unexpectedly won the under 12 boys category as he beat some very capable young epeeists on the way.
Ex-RYFC member Alexandra Powell of Woodrush High School won the under 14 girls age group and picked up an excellent bronze medal in the senior competition, losing to her older sister in the semi-final.