Sights set on fencing finals
1:33pm Thu Mar 21, 2013
Edmund Howlett secured a gold medal in the under-14 Boys’ Foil group of the regional qualifiers for the British Youth Fencing Championships.
Howlett, 12, of Farndon, had already qualified for the national championship through his high finish in the competition last year, but showed no complacency as he won his poule matches 5-0, 5-0, 5-1, 5-0, 3-2 before progressing to the semi-final, which he won 15-1.

He went on to defeat Derbyshire’s Dennis Lindebaum 15-7 in the final, who had knocked out Fernwood’s other under-14 boys’ foil entrant, Edward Campion, in the quarter-finals.

Fernwood’s Matthew Walton, 14, who recently moved from foil to sabre, won a bronze medal after making it through to the semi-finals in the under-14 boys’ sabre competition, while Ralph Reader-Sullivan was eliminated in a close match in the knockout stage.

Not to be outdone by his older brother, James Walton, 11, entered the under-12 boys’ foil and under-12 boys’ epee.

Despite topping the rankings after the poules, Walton had to be content with bronze after he was knocked out in the semi-finals 15-12 by the eventual winner.

Walton tired in the epee competition and was knocked out in the quarter-finals.

Howlett and the Waltons will fence in the BYC Finals at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield at the start of May.

Andrew Sutton, Fernwood Sword Club’s chairman, said: “This was another strong showing by the club.

“Edmund’s progress has been fantastic and it’s great to see Matthew and James do so well, especially since they haven’t been fencing for long.

“We were also pleased to put some of the Nottinghamshire Legacy Fund money we were awarded to immediate good use. Some of the electric sabres and epees we bought were used by our fencers in the competition.”

Annabel Peach, 10, was also a medallist, taking bronze in the girls’ under-12 epee.

She fences with Bob Fensom at Swinderby and has been practising epee since September.

She also qualified for the BYC Finals in Sheffield.

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