Representing Britain on the European stage
7:00am Fri Mar 10, 2017
Ed Howlett, left, with his GB team-mates. Photograph: Augusto Bizzi.
Fencer Ed Howlett did himself proud on the international stage after representing Great Britain in the European under-17 Championships.
He travelled with three other members of the squad to Plovdiv, Bulgaria, to face some of the best youngsters on the continent.
In the individual competition, he was unfortunate to be placed in a tough poule with some questionable refereeing as he came out with two wins and four losses.
He advanced through to the last 128 to take on Maxim Skopets, of Ukraine.
In a testing bout, he found himself 12-10 down before springing into life and picking up five successive points to advance through to the next round with a 15-12 success.
Howlett faced a tough last-64 fight against world number four Vladimir Mylnikov, of Russia.
The bout was close, with Howlett fighting back from 4-1 down to level the bout at five points each.
He always stayed within two points of Mylnikov and was still in the match at 13-12 down.
Two crucial hits from his opponent sealed the win and Howlett eventually came sixth in the competition.
The team competition followed a few days later.
Great Britain were given a bye into the last 16 where they faced Romania.
Howlett picked up a 5-5 draw in his first match with eighth world ranked Alezandru Pirva, but was defeated bu Silviu Rosu and Alexandru Sirb as Great Britain lost 45-37.
He was an unused reserve in their 45-39 loss to Ukraine, but was back in action with three victories in the team’s 45-22 win over Israel.
In GB’s final match against Hungary, Howlett earned a draw and a narrow defeat in two matches before being subbed as they lost 45-40.
Domestically, Howlett has moved up to a career-high 27th in the men’s foil rankings, which means he will be able to pick up more ranking points in competition.