Birmingham InternationalJon Willis
The weekend of the Birmingham International saw the first Leon Paul Epee road trip with Leon Paul Epee fencers and coaches climbed aboard the team bus at 5:30am. Little did they know that due to the poor running of the competition, it would be 17hrs until they returned!
Results wise the competition saw a welcome return to form for Elliot Grover who fenced beautifully all day to take a bronze medal. Novice fencer, Tom Storey, picked up a L32 carrying on his rapid improvement in the sport. It was the women however who starred with Gala Hess losing a close final 15-14 to take the silver medal. She had beaten club mate Rania Rahardja in the semi final leaving Rania with a bronze medal. Jessica Gundry made top 8 and 4 other Leon Paul Epee fencers finishing in the top 16.
The weekend was a strong showing from the club with over 20 Leon Paul Epee fencers in the competition supported by 3 club coaches. The team transport was also a good exercise and something the club will be looking to do again for future competitions.
Also in April there was another round of Elite Epee competitions. In the Men’s Event both Owen & Andrea made the top 8 while in the Women’s competition Sophie St Clair Jones won a bronze medal and Charlotte Levin finished 8th. In the junior event Florin Mirica won yet another U14 gold medal with Nick Grimshaw 5th and Levi Randall-Morgan 10th.
Leon Paul Epee will be officially starting junior classes on Monday 8th May. Sessions will initial run twice a week on Monday & Thursday from 6pm – 7:30pm with coach Keni. The club will cater for existing fencers as well as running beginner classes for kids who have ever fenced before.