Hosted at Wellington College, this year's Southern Region Fencing Championships saw three out of four Prior Park Prep pupils emerge from a field of 86 competitors as qualifiers for the British Youth Championships to be held in May, at the English National Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
B Simmonds, E Teale, E Scott Payne all qualified, as would have C Robbins had he not had to face E Scott Payne in the quarter finals, where only one could secure a place.
In the seeding round, B Simmonds and E Scott Payne dominated their pools, winning all their fights and emerging as the number 1 and 3 seed respectively. C Robbins only lost one bout in his pool and was seeded 4th, along with E Teale.
All boys produced some excellent fencing with good timing of his attacks a sound defence. E Scott Payne produced a variety of attacks, and combined with his tenacity in defence, he was a real force to be reckoned with. B Simmonds’ progressed to the final in his new age category of U14 which was highly impressive, winning all his pool fights and securing a bye.
This was another impressive performance from this group of Prior Park and Swindon fencers. They all absolutely deserve to be at the nationals. They will enjoy their success and be ready for the hard work ahead as we have 12 weeks to go until the nationals.Neil Bromley, Coach