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Left to right: Touché's Qualifiers: Barnabey Childs; Angus Peck; Freddie Taylor; Izzy Duckworth.
Barnaby Childs Gold in Boys Foil U12

This was Barnabys’ second BYC Qualifier year and this time he performed brilliantly. He won all SIX poule matches and got a bye to the next rounds.
Here he met Max from Radcliffe Swords and dispatched him 10-3. In the final Barnaby again fenced fast and effectively giving
Daniel from Chilwell Blades no chance and beating him 10-2 to gain the Gold. A very effective competent fencing performance!

Freddie Taylor wins Bronze

In the U 16 Boys Foil Freddie Taylor made a slow start winning only one pole match.
However he managed to push through the next rounds and eventually lost to the winner in the L4 6-15 to win a Bronze Medal.

Isabella 'Izzy' Duckworth Storms to Silver

Our Girls Foilst also performed well. Isabella Duckworth got a good score in the pool rounds winning 4 and losing 2, again gaining a bye for the next round .Izzy then came up against Isabella from Radcliffe Swords and beat her convincingly 15-4
 to go into the L4 where she fenced Lugan from Leicester FC and narrowly holding the lead 12-10 at end of time. She then met Shelly from Nottingham City FC in the final and Shelly proved to be the stronger fencer on the day beating Izzy 15-7.
Izzy came away with a Silver Medal showing great determination and focus all day.

Angus Peck medals again!

TFC s only Boys Epeeist was Angus Peck in the U14, where he made a slow start only winning one match in the pool rounds but again going through the next rounds beating Ben from Kimberly Swords 10-8.
In the next rounds Angus met Patryk of TSCA FC who was the overall winner, losing 10-4, to gain a Bronze Medal.

Touche Fencing Club would like to congratulate all fencers, parents and the coaches for their hard work and wish them the best of luck in the British Youth Championships to be held in Sheffield over the May bank holiday weekend.







 Silver for Angus!

Angus Peck wins silver in the Beds. Bucks. and Oxfordshire Junior Épée competition.
A fantastic result as Angus only took up Épée 3 months ago. Looks like there is a bright future ahead for him.






Gillivers Gold
!

The score box says it all! The result of the final for Piers Gilliver at the Eger World Cup held in Hungary last week.
Piers fought in the Category A Mens Senior Épée defeating Yusapov of Russia 15-11 to win his second Gold medal in his second World Cup Event.


Piers will continue training at TFC; we wish him all the best of luck in his third competition to be held in Hong Kong in December as part of the qualifying period to Rio 2016.

Piers is struggling to meet the costs of training and to cover his expenses in attending international qualifying competitions. To date TFC has provided venue hire and coaching free of charge to Piers, but he desperately needs a sponsor to enable him to reach his potential at Rio in 2016!

If anyone wishes to sponsor Piers or knows of ways to support him please contact TFC.

Gold Medal at World Championships!!!!


(Piers Gilliver,right, Senior Worls Champion, Épée)

Gilliver's Travels!

Touché Fencing's Wheelchair Fencer Piers Gilliver has made sporting history by winning a Gold Medal at a World Cup Grand Prix event. The first Briton ever to do so! Piers competed in his strongest weapon, Épée; in Warsaw Poland.

On his way to Gold he defeated Romain Noble of France, who was Silver medalist at London 2012 by a score of 15-3.
In the final he defeated Polish World No 1 on his home soil! The score was tied at 14-14 with Darius Pender, Piers took the final hit for victory.

PIers is now competing in the World Under 23 Championship. He won Silver in Foil on Monday, the results of his competition in Epée are not yet known. This is a fantastic result for Piers and our Paralympic Squad Coaches, Hilary and Baldip Sahota.
Touché FC is very proud of their fantastic achievements.

Touché's Got Talent!



Head Coach Baldip Sahota with British No.1.

Owen Jordan
,Touché Fencing Club fencer wins
Silver at the GB Cadet and Junior Selection competition at
Kidderminster, and becomes No 1 ranked Cadet.

In other News......

Gina Hall defends Northamptonshire Ladies Foil Championship, and wins, again!


left to right: Ria Hall, Ladies Foil Bronze; Gina Hall Ladies Foil Gold, and a nice cup. Mens Foil Bronze Jacques Portal



Touché Fencing Paralympian Becomes British Three Weapon Champion!!



Gabi Down, Paralympian and British Champion!
   Gabi, with Paralympic squad coaches, Hilary and Baldip Sahota

The British Disabled Fencing Association held its annual National Wheelchair Championships on the weekend of 24/25 November 2012 in Wellington.
In a two day competition, with Foil held on Saturday, Epee and Sabre on Sunday, Gabi Down (14yrs) of Touché Fencing Club and a British Paralympian at London 2012, emerged as the youngest Gold Medalist in all three weapons!

Gabi was also recently awarded the Milton Keynes Disabled Woman of the Year Shield as a recognition of her hard work throughout the year, and Touché Fencing Club would like to add their congratulations to her.

Touché Triumph!


TOUCHE FENCING CLUB (TFC) WINS GOLD, SILVER AND BRONZE
(Left to Right Aurelia Hall, Callum Beck, William (Batman) Hyslop and Andrew Bell)
 
At the first interclub competition against Luton Sword held at Houghton Regis on Saturday 1st December 2012
Towcester based fencers claimed all three podium positions in the Junior Competiton.

In a closely fought competition Andrew Bell (TFC) won all his poule matches in the first round, with William Hyslop (TFC) following closely, dropping only one bout. In the  quarter finals William drew Zoe (Luton Sword) and defeted her 10-3, with Callum Beck (TFC) fencing Andrew and defeating him by the closest of, margins 10-9!

The third place fight off between Zoe and Andrew resulted in Andrew beating Zoe 10-8 and winning his first ever medal.
The final was fought to 15 hits between Callum and William. In what appeared to be a very one sided match Callum stormed away with a lead of 10-2 at the end of the first three minutes. There followed a minutes rest and in the second time period William must have had some hard thinking as he came out and slowly started gaining hit after hit. Very soon it was 10-10, and  William held his nerve and managed to clinch the victory and his first Gold medal at 15-13.
Luton Sword also presented a medal for the "Best Style" fencer and this too went to TFC Fencer Aurelia Hall.
 
In the Under 11 competition, TFC had only two fencers, Angus Peck (10yrs) and William Parker (8yrs) fencing a much bigger Luton sword contingent. In a round robin event where every fencer fenced everyone, Angus narrowly missed out on a Bronze Medal by one match.
 
The Coaches of Touche Fencing Club would like to congratulate all those who entered and a  Big "Well Done" to the Medalists, and thank Luton Sword Club for hosting and organising this event.



A Grand Day Out


Taking a break between fights Jacques gets some encoragement from both his coaches at the Veterans Age group qualifiers
in Milton Keynes


Time for a competition round-up!


It has been a busy Summer for some of Touché's fencers.

Jacques Portal competed for Great Britain in the European Veterans Championships
held in Hénin-Beaumont, France; knocked out in the DE by the current World No2. More recently in the Crystal and Shropshire Opens and, once again,
wheezed to a Bronze medal in The Northamptonshire County Championships.

Meanwhile Gaby Down has had great success with a Gold Medal at the Sainsbury's Student Games.
A press release gives the gist of the event.

Sainsbury’s UK School Games 2011
English Institute of Sport, Sheffield
Day 1: Friday 2nd September
It’s been a very successful first day at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games. This has been the first year in which wheelchair fencing has featured at the Games, with six fencers from England competing in a mixed foil event. It is not only fantastic to see the Games expanding in such a way, but it has also been a very beneficial experience for everyone else involved in the Games, many of whom have never seen wheelchair fencing before. The poule results saw Gabby Down ranked first with 5/5 victories, and Piers Gilliver ranked second with 4/5.

Day 2
It’s been a day full of drama and excitement at the Sainsbury’s UK School Games. In the mixed wheelchair foil, 3rd seed Dmitri Coutya (England) was narrowly edged out by 2nd seed Piers Gilliver (England), 15-14 in the semi-final. However, 1st seed Gaby Down (England) was in fine form all day, overcoming 4th seed Justine Moore (England) 15-7 in the other semi-final before defeating Gilliver 15-2 to take the gold medal and thus become the first ever UK School Games wheelchair fencing champion.

Well done Gaby!

Gaby is now at the Wheelchair Fencing World Championships accompanied by
Coaches Hilary and Baldip. More news as it becomes available...


More medals for Touché at East Midlands Teamcompetition

Another good year for the club saw the last competition of the season bring some good performances from our A team, Touché Titans.



Finishing second with a silver medal Touché Titans
(left to right Nick Ashminal, Sam Ward and Ollie Smith)



 Touché Fencers Bag Brace of Bronzes!

Forgive the alliteration but Touché Fencing Club are delighted to announce the fantastic results at this years Northamptonshire County Fencing Championship.

Both Jacques Portal and Ollie Smith fought well against strong opposition to gain 3rd place and bronze medals, Ollie missing out on a final place by just one hit.

Jacques who fenced in the Foil competition said "I am really pleased to get a medal after several years of trying, I put my success down to the patience and effort of our club coaches
Hilary and Baldip."
Ollie had a tough competition with 2 Nationally ranked Sabreurs taking first and second spot but fought well to achieve his bronze.

Touché's Dynamic Duo!
Jacques Portal (left) and Ollie S
mith.




TOUCHÉ FENCER DOES IT AGAIN!

In form fencer Ollie Smith triumphed at the Bedfordshire County Championships. Following on from his success in the East Midlands Team Competition where he won the Sabre, Ollie put together a series of fantastic fights to grab the trophies.

The competition organised and run by Luton Sword saw Ollie comfortably dispose of past champion Darren Tee from Bedford FC in the Sabre to win the gold medal. In addition he won Bronze in the foil and finished fourth in the Epée.

This meant that he was tied for the Master at Arms title with Adam Hislop also from Bedford FC. The Master at Arms shield is awarded to the fencer who performs best at all three weapons on the day. An Epée fence off decided the outcome with Ollie the victor by a single point.

Touché FC would like to thank Luton Sword for their friendly welcome and hospitality, we look forward to more fight nights in the coming team matches.



T
ouché Fencing Club scoop medals at East Midlands Team Competition



Above are the victorious teams from Touché Fencing Club
Left to right: James Hume, Adrian Webb, Jacques Portal, Ollie Smith, George Watkins and Nick Ashminall


 
 Competition News Upcoming Events

Next competition is the Northamptonshire County Championship.
Watch this space for updates.