2018 British Youth Championships - Results

The British Youth Championships took place at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield last weekend. The competition seen over 1000 competitors compete over 24 different age groups and categories.

The full list of results can be found here.

Boys Foil Highlights

Under 12’s

In a field of 63 fencers, 5 were Scottish. After storming the poules, it was Callum Penman who ranked 2nd going into the direct eliminations. After winning his first four DE’s and only dropping 7 hits between them, he reached the semi finals against Southern fencer Ben Turner where he won 10/6. In the final, he fenced London’s David Sosnov and lost 10/6. A great day for Callum Penman of Salle Holyrood Fencing Club!

Under 14’s

61 fencers in this category with 7 representing Scotland. Jaimie Cook of Salle Holyrood entered the direct eliminations 8th after winning 5/6 fights. In the last 64 Cook met fellow Scot Angus Scott, where Cook finished victorious 15/2. He then went on to win his next two fights 15/2 and reaching the last 8 where he won 10/9 against the number one seed. Cook continued onto the semi final, winning 15/9 against Woser Prossor from the South East. In the final Cook faced Alexander Culkin and won the final impressively 15/5. This is the third year in a row Jaimie has won this competition – a fantastic hat-trick. Congratulations! 

Under 16’s

7 out of the 60 fencers in this category were flying the Scottish flag. Joe Donaghue finished the poules with 5 victories & 1 defeat, ranking 12th. In the first DE another “Scot V Scot” meant that Donaghue met Adam Taggart, ending with Donaghue going through 15/1. Donaghue then went on to win his next two fights 15/6 and a tense 15/14 to get into the last 8. In the last 8 Donaghue faced number 4 seed, Dawood Khan from the South East and in a close match lost 15/13 with a final seeding of 7th.

Under 18’s
A field of 45 fencers with only 3 Scottish fencers in this category. After winning all poule fights Duncan Morrison finished 3rd in this round while Finlay McAndrew finished 18th, winning 3 out of 5 fights. After two strong first DE’s from both, Morrison and McAndrew then went on to reach the last 8. In the last 8 Morrison faced Oliver Nash from the West Midlands and lost 15/11, finishing up 5th place overall. McAndrew faced Eoghan Cromie from the South West and in a very close match lost 15/14 with a final seeding of 7th.

Boys Epee Highlights

Under 12’s
Only 2 out of 43 fencers represented Scotland in this category. Notable highlights came from Lucas McKerr who ranked 12th after the poules, with 3 victories and 2 defeats. McKerr, with a bye to the last 32 closely won his first match 10/9. In the last 16 he continued onto the last 8 winning this match 10/7. In the last 8 McKerr faced Sameer Sunder-Rajan from London and lost 8/6. McKerr finished up the day with a final seeding of 8th.

Boys Sabre Highlights

Under 16’s
In a field of 42 fencers, 4 represented Scotland. Sam Freeman controlled the poules winning all fights going into the direct eliminations ranked 4th. With a bye to the last 32, Freeman won his first DE 15/7 before meeting fellow Scot and good friend Rory McLellan in the last 16. In a nail biting match, Freeman won 15/14 to go into the last 8 to meet 5th seed Roman Norris of the South East. Freeman went on to win this with a comfortable 15/11 win. In the semi final Freeman faced the number 1 seed Darcy Holdsworth where he lost 15/12. Fantastic bronze medal for Sam Freeman of Salle Ossian Fencing Club!

Girls Foil Highlights

Under 14’s
51 fencers in this category, with 5 Scottish fencers. Ellen Buckley went 5 for 5 in the poules and went into the direct eliminations ranked joint 4th. Milenka Zadora finished the poules joint 16th after winning 4/6 poule fights. Buckley, with a bye through to the last 32 had a comfortable fight winning 15/3 before getting through to the last 8 with a 15/9 win. Zadora showed her strength in her first two DE’s winning both 15/2 before meeting the number one seed in the last 16 where she stormed through to the last 8 winning 15/12. Buckley faced Celena Appleby-Price in her last 8 fight and lost a close match 15/14 ending the day with a final seeding of 7th. Zadora made it through the last 8 winning 15/7, meeting Southern fencer Celena Appleby-Prince in the semi final winning 15/4. In the final Zadora continued to show her dominance by winning 15/7 against Olivia Attias, another Southern fencer. Like Jaimie Cook this is the third year in a row Milenka has won this event, congratulations! What an amazing achievement! 

Girls Epee Highlights

Under 14’s

In a field of 46 fencers, only 2 were representing Scotland. Emma Stewart finished up the poules ranked 11th after winning 4/5 fights. Stewart, with a bye to the last 32 won her first DE 15/10. In the last 16 Stewart had a nerve-racking fight reaching 8 all, which resulted in Stewart winning priority. After a tense priority minute Stewart held her nerve and came out victorious. Reaching the last 8 Stewart then faced number three seed Hannah Lebor from London, and lost 12/9 finishing up with a final seeding of 8th.

Under 16’s

With only 2 fencers representing Scotland in a field of 38 Rachael Lever went through to the direct eliminations ranked 6th after winning 5/6 poule fights. Lever, receiving a bye to the last 32 won her first two fights comfortably 15/3 and 15/8. In the last 8 Lever faced the number three seed and won a tense match 15/14. In the semi finals Lever met Elektra Covell of the South West and cruised onto the final with a fine 15/5 win. Lever continued to show her strength by beating London’s Patrycja Krzyzaniak 15/13. Fantastic result for Rachael Lever!

Girls Sabre Highlights

Under 12’s

In a smaller field of only 26 fencers 4 of these were Scottish. Lucia Paul won 5/6 poule fights meaning she entered the direct elimination round ranked 6th. Receiving a bye to the last 16 Paul went through to the last 8 with a comfortable win 10/5. In the last 8 Paul faced number three seed Eleanor Blackledge of the North West and lost 10/2. Paul finished the day with the final seeding of 6th. 

Under 16’s

Slightly bigger field of 28 fencers in this age group with 6 flying the Scottish flag. Starting strong, Elsie Llewellyn won all her poule fights entering the next round ranked 3rd while Charlotte Wilson-Smith won 5/6 fights and went into the DE’s 7th. Wilson-Smith won her first 2 DE’s with comfort 15/4 and 15/5 to reach the last 8. Llewellyn, with a bye to the last 16 won her place in the last 8 with a 15/6 win. In the last 8 Wilson-Smith faced Bea Abram-Moore from the South West and lost 15/7 ending the day with a final seeding of 7th. Llewellyn won her last 8 to meet Bea Abram-Moore in the semi finals and showed her strength and won 15/12. In the final Llewellyn continued her dominance with a 15/13 win again North West fencer Ellen Robbins Wilkinson. Last year Llewellyn got bronze, fantastic effort this year to get the gold medal for Sancroft Blades and Scotland! 

Under 18’s 

The smallest field of fencers with only 21 entered and only one Scottish fencer. Ariana Serafinceanu went into the direct eliminations ranked 6th after winning 5/6 poule fights. With a bye to the last 16 Serafinceanu won her first DE strongly 15/6. In the last 8 Serafinceanu met Phoebe Haslegrave from the West Midlands and lost 15/8 finishing up the day with a final ranking of 6th. 

Congratulations to all Scottish fencers who took part in this year’s British Youth Championships!

Credit: Sarah-Jane Hampson