East Devon fencers head off to national youth championships

10:54 13 February 2013

Local fencers off to Sheffield

Local fencers off to Sheffield


Six youngsters from Sidmouth & East Devon Fencing Club were in action at the South West Age Group fencing championships, held at Millfield School. The top four in each group qualify for the British Youth Championships, to be held in Sheffield.

Alexis Jouan (Exeter) was seeded 11th after two rounds of poules, and then with a dramatic overturn of the seedings, he stormed through the Direct Eliminations beating the number 6, 3, and then 2nd seeds, to fence the number 1 seed in the final round, claiming the silver medal and a trip to Sheffield for the British Youth Championships.

Equally spectacular was Finn Manning (Clyst St Mary) who had a shaky time in the preliminary pools of the Under-14s due to a knee injury and was seeded 13.

Then in the Direct Eliminations, his superb blade work and timing, and fluid footwork came to the fore, leading him to beat the number 20 seed 10-1, then taking the number four seed to a nail-biting win at 10-9 before losing out to the number one seed, to take a bronze medal and qualify to represent the South West at the British Youth Championships.

Also fencing in the Under 12 boys’ foil were James Hands (Clyst St Mary), who beat the number 3 seed soundly in the Direct Elimination stage, and Ollie Manning (Clyst St Mary) who came fifth overall. Both boys have another year in this age group, so expect to see them fencing in the championships next year! Ollie also deserves a mention as SEDFC’s only fencer entering two weapons – he also competed with the sabre, finishing fifth again, so narrowly missing out on going to Sheffield to fence in both events.

Well done to all local competitors, and good luck in the forthcoming British Youth Championships.

Also competing against some tough and experienced competition were Angus Hilton who was placed 10th in the Under 18’s foil and Henry Keate in the Under 16 foil, coming in seventh.

Other Sport Stories

48 minutes ago
Feniton 3rds are pictured playing Exmouth Ammies 3rds at Feniton on Saturday. Ref mhsp 0336-38-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

It’s Throgmorton Devon Premier Cup day tomorrow (October 10) and there are a number of local teams facing possible ‘giant-killing’ feats!

Read more
Lester Willmington (chairman of Sidmouth Rugby Club), with Bill and Hilary Beaumont and John Barnard, (captain of Sidmouth Golf Club).

Sidmouth Golf Club was delighted to play host to Bill Beaumont, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) chairman and his wife Hilary last week.

Read more
Wed, 14:35
Image licensed to Lloyd Images 
The Extreme Sailing Series 2015 Act 7. Istanbul. Turkey. Oman Air Team skippered by Stevie Morrison (GBR) with crew Nic Asher (GBR), Ed Powys (GBR), Ted Hackney (AUS) and bowman Ali Al Balushi  (OMA)

Exmouth sailor Stevie Morrison, skipper of Extreme 40 team Oman Air, sailed on to the podium at Extreme Sailing Series™ Act 7, Istanbul presented by Yandex.

Read more
Wed, 14:34

Bicton College is celebrating sporting success, with a number of their students enrolled on the AASE (Achieving Academic and Sporting Excellence) Apprenticeship Scheme embarking on professional careers. The scheme is run by the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Academy in partnership with Bicton College.

Read more
Wed, 12:09
The Peak Hill Challenge and what the cyclists will see on their way to the top!

Sid Valley Cycling Club is preparing for the latest running of their annual Peak Hill Climb, staged in memory of Rodney Pyne.

Read more
Wed, 09:23

Offwell Rangers bagged their first win of the season with an excellent single goal success at Wellington.

Read more
Wed, 08:09

Beer Reserves were left to make a 100-mile round trip to Winkleigh with yet another new combination of players with injuries and unavailability’s preventing the team fielding their best 11 players.

Read more
Wed, 08:08
Boy playing football

Honiton Under-13s staged a superb comeback from a three goal deficit to defeat City Raiders Galaxy 6-4 for an Exeter and District League encounter.

Read more
Wed, 08:07

For no obvious reason the September stableford proved a relatively low scoring affair, writes Richard Jackman.

Read more
Wed, 08:07
Golf generic picture

The rescheduled ladies versus men encounter for the Wooden Spoon was played at Honiton on the final weekend of the month, writes Liz Rogers.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 9°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Midweek Herald e-edition E-edition

Find a job in Devon

Local business directory

Honiton's trusted business finder

Find planning applications