Prior Park Prep School, near Swindon, secured the Independent Association of Schools (IAPS) Small Prep School National Fencing Champions title this weekend.
The IAPS championship saw 568 fencers from schools across the UK competing in the three categories of epée, sabre and foil, at Millfield School.
Although the Prior Park entered with some trepidation, due to the smaller team size (eight rather than the recommended 10), it took comfort in having two team members from the England Fencing Team. Without fail each of the Prior Park team members played their part, all contributing to the overall achievement and title.
Maddy, the U9 Wiltshire champion and U10 bronze medallist, converted her county titles to a bronze nationally, in the U9 Girls Foil. Teddy, who holds the Dunstan Foil Championship title, is a Wiltshire County Championships Silver Medallist and U10 Regional Champion, gave an outstanding performance in the epée coming thirteenth in the U11 category, with just 1 hour of training in the discipline. Ethan, joint Silver Medallist in the Team Foil, was also at some disadvantage, fencing with his secondary weapon due to a range of other commitments that weekend, but he still achieved 14th place in the U14 epée. Charlie, ranked in the top eight nationally in foil and epée, and an England Team International Fencer, placed third in foils and U14 epée. Eddie, also an England Team International Fencer, performed exceptionally well. Unfortunately this was at the cost of his team mates Ethan and Charlie, taking Ethan out in the epée and eliminating Charlie in the epée and foil, precluding a battle between them in the final. As a result Eddie won both the foil, and the epée and was placed fifth in sabre. He took the title ‘U14 Master at Arms’ as the winner of his age group across all disciplines.
The trophy will be re-presented to the children in assembly this week and a new plaque will be engraved.
With Eddie and Charlie in the England team for foil and epée we always felt that we were in with a chance, but the result was beyond our wildest expectations. Eddie and Charlie performed fantastically over the weekend. With the support of the other children who fenced incredibly well, we achieved the final title. Maddy is the U9 Wiltshire Champion and Wiltshire U10 bronze medalist. For her to convert these achievements into a national title is phenomenal. Teddy’s performance in epee was remarkable, given that he has only had one hour’s tuition. Ethan was also remarkable fencing with his secondary weapon, the epée due to his range of his other commitments that weekend.Prior Park Prep’s fencing coach, Neil Bromley
I was really excited to come to such a big event and really pleased with my bronze medal.Maddy Year 4