Mad March

The Competitions have been coming thick and fast this month and the medals have not been in short supply either.  The story starts at a competition in Dublin where Charlotte Levin was joined on the podium by Lucy Johnson.  Dom Paul then racked up a L64 finish at the European Cadet Championships in Plovdiv before Aml & Owen followed him for the European Junior Championships.  In a cruel twist of fate the Leon Paul Epee team mates met in the L64 where Aml came out on top finishing round further than Owen in the L32.  The pair teamed up for the team event where GB finished a creditable 11th.

Hugh Kernohan got in on the act winning Leon Paul Epee’s first medal north of the boarder with a bronze at the Edinburgh Open.  Meanwhile Sophie was over in France at the Challenge International  Asptt Paris and came second out of 59 fencer.  A little closer to home the Leon Paul Novice Open saw Lewi Tabone win himself a silver medal.  Lewis started fencing at Leon Paul less than 6 months ago so congratulations to him.  Tom Storey was 5th in the same competition.

Young Florin Mirica picked up 2 golds in 2 LPJS events. One with Coach Keni in Cardiff & the other in London with Owen Jordan providing coaching support.  Keni was next scene at the Invicta Open where the women impressed taking the Gold, Silver & Bronze medals in the Women’s Epee.  Well done to Jess Gundry, Sophie St Claire Jones & Sophie Saudo on a clean sweep.

Next up is a trip to Birmingham on Easter Sunday where the Leon Paul Fencers will be climbing aboard the team bus for a road trip and hopefully more success.



Merseyside & Elite Epee February Results

Owen Jordan won another Elite Epee title last weekend with Dan McGlade making the top 8 at the same event. In the U14 Boy’s competition there was a silver medal for Levi Randall-Morgan & a Bronze for Florin Mirica. In total, 13 Leon Paul Epee fencers took part over the weekend and coach Keni was a blur running between pistes coaching everyone!

The week before saw Justine Geroudet win a Bronze medal at the Merseyside with Tom Storey picking up the best Novice prize. Well done guys on a long road trip up north. Finally, while Justine and Tom were doing their thing in Liverpool, the U23 National Epee Championships were taking place in London. George Morris finished 2nd & Owen Jordan 3rd with Same Boyle in 5th place, a strong showing from the young guns with 3 fencers in the top 8.

Merseyside & British U23 Championships

This week saw Justine Geroudet win a Bronze medal at the Merseyside with Tom Storey picking up the best Novice prize.  Well done guys on a long road trip up North.

While Justine and Tom were doing their thing in Liverpool, the U23 National Epee Championships were taking place in London.  George Morris finished 2nd & Owen Jordan 3rd with Same Boyle in 5th place, a strong showing from the young guns with 3 fencers in the top 8.

New Coach, more success

It is with great pleasure and excitment that I can annonce Kenichi Yamamoto is joining the coaching team at Leon Paul Epee.  Keni is a former Japanese International Fencer and graduated from the same coaching university in Hungary as Head Coach David.  He spent many years running Truro Fencing Club’s Epee & Foil program and as soon as we heard he was available we made him an offer he couldn’t refuse!

Keni will be heading up a new Junior Epee Program at the club as well as working alongside David & Georgina with the adult group.

Also, congratulations to So Fi & Idiris Ali for winning the Cambridge Winter Open (Jan 8th). Great start to 2017 for Leon Paul Epee.

Other results
14th – Alessandro Tridico
18th – Pete Eames
35th – Evan Todd
42th – Harris Makatsoris

British Men’s Team Epee Championships

Following the a Silver and Bronze medals in the women’s Championships last weekend Coach David wanted Gold this weekend.  The 4th Leon Paul  Epee Open, an individual event, on the Saturday didn’t prove successful for Leon Paul Epee with the best result, 5th place, being taken by Jason Scrimshaw.

Leon Paul Epee entered 4 teams into the National Championships with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd teams all making the cut following the poules into the ‘A Tableau’ of the top 8 teams who would fight for the medals. Leon Paul Epee 4, or Leon Paul Gentlemen as they are affectionally known, were left to fight it out with the United Kingdom Armed Forces for 17th & 18th place.  Sadly the gentlemen lost this particular fight but Leon Paul Epee Fencer, Roberto Balbontin, said he ‘had never seen so many heroes on one piste at any one time! ‘

Leon Paul 1 knocked out Leon Paul 3 while Leon Paul 2 beat Haverstock to set up a double semi final show down with the 2 Leon Paul Teams facing up against 2 Brixton Teams.  Semi-final one saw Leon Paul 1 safely through to the final while semi-final 2 saw a close fight with a dramatic comeback started by Dan McGlade and Finished off by Satya Gunput giving Leon Paul 2 victory and a place in the final against Leon Paul 1.

A close final saw Leon Paul 1 beat Leon Paul 2 and with the Gold & Silver medals added to last weekend means that Leon Paul Epee has won 4 out of the possible 6 medals at the 2016 National Team Championships.  Coach David said “I’m happy with what the club has achieved and I will enjoy this today but on Monday we start working for next year as I want Gold, Silver & Bronze medals”.

Leon Paul Epee 1 – Aml Sinclair, Matt Henderson, Owen Jordan & George Morris (Gold)

Leon Paul Epee 2 – Satya Gunput, Dan McGlade, Sam Boyle & Elliot Grover (Silver)

Leon Paul Epee 3 – Dom Paul, Justin Lim, Owen Edwards & Idris Ali (7th)

Leon Paul Epee 4 – Mr Roberto Balbontin, Mr Peter Eames, Mr Haris Makatsoris & Mr Brendon Masterson (18th)

British Women’s Team Epee Championships

Leon Paul Epee entered 2 teams into the British Women’s Epee Team Championships at the weekend.  The girls didn’t let the club down bringing home the Silver and Bronze medals.  Well done to the fencers and coach David on the day. It’s over to the boys next weekend for the Men’s Championship.

Leon Paul Epee 2 – Justine Géroudet, Emily Jeanes, Sam Murray & Mary Cohen (Silver)

Leon Paul Epee 1 – Sophie St Clair Jones, Sophie Saudo & Hannah Nessbitt (Bronze)

Manchester Elite Epee

Another Golden weekend for Leon Paul Epee.

Owen Jordan – Gold Elite Epee Manchester
Nick Grimshaw – Gold Elite Epee U14 Manchester
Levi Randall-Morgan – Bronze Elite Epee U14 Manchester
Sophie-Ann St Clair Jones – Bronze Leon Paul Women’s Open
Congratulations to all those who fenced, supported and coached over the weekend.

Initial Success

Hannah Nesbitt picked up an impressive Silver Medal at the British Championships, this along with her bronze medal at the U23 British Championships earlier in the month saw her selected for Great Britain Team competing at the U23 European Championships.

Matt Henderson and Sophie Saudo each took the gold medal at the Invicta Open and not to be out done Pete Eames won the Best Veteran Trophy.

There was an excellent 1st and 2nd place for Owen Jordan and George Morris at the 12th Bill Hoskyns Open.  The boys were then joined by Matt Henderson for the Team Competition where they beat the defencing Champions Brixton to take team Gold.  Nick Grimshaw won the Young Hoskyns, an U13 competition run alongside the main event while Hannah Nesbit won a Bronze medal in the Wemen’s Event and Sophie Saudo made the top 8 while Big Felix Swinbank took 10th place in the Men’s Event to complete an excellent weekend for Leon Paul Epee.

The Luton Open saw Sophie Saudo pick up her second Open title of the year while Elliott Grover won the Men’s event with David Roig Carles taking the silver.  Other results include Felix Swinbank 9th, Tom Rees 13th and George Watkins 18th.

Pete Eames finished 4th in the British Veterans Age Group Championships and is first reserve for the Great Britain Team.  Evan Todd finished 11th before heading out to America to take part in the American Nationals.

Finally, the invitational Epee Club was held at the Leon Paul Centre with George Morris, Owen Jordan, Matt Henderson & Justine Garoudet taking part.  A top 8 finish for Owen and silver medal for Matt saw both fencers leave with a lovely brush steel wine cooler after a good days fencing.