Cormack glides to national success

Kenilworth Sword Fencing Club (KSFC) enjoyed a fantastic set of results in the British Youth Championships at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, coming away with a national champion and a bronze medallist.

In addition, five of the club’s nine qualifiers reached the finals, earning medals and automatic qualification to the same stage next year.

One of the most prestigious competitions on the youth circuit, the three-day event is open to fencers under the age of 18, with qualification attained through regional competitions.

KSFC entered nine fencers across the three weapons - foil, epee and sabre - and got off to a fantastic start on the first day with Duncan Thorely winning a bronze medal in the under-14 boys’ epee.

Seeded 20th after the round of pools, Thorely battled his way through to finish an impressive third.

Lucas Hateley also made it through to the finals of the under-12 boys’ epee, finishing seventh after bowing out to the eventual winner.

The second day brought even more success, with Hateley improving on his epee result to finish fifth in the boys’ under-12 sabre, once again losing out to the eventual winner.

Meanwhile in the girls’ under-16 epee, Ellie Cormack and Ella Southall both advanced through to the finals.

Unfortunately, they met each other in the last eight, which saw Cormack progress, leaving Southall to be content with seventh place.

Cormack continued to fence well and made it through to the final, where she won a close contest to become British champion.

As the third day drew to a close, head coach Peter Cormack reflected on the competition: “This has been another good weekend for Kenilworth Sword fencers,” he said. “Our youth fencers have been producing some great competition results of late, and now a British champion, a bronze medal and five finalists. This is definitely the icing on the cake.”

Fellow coach Louisa Miller added: “I’m very, very pleased with all our fencers. Each and every one of them has done themselves proud.

“It’s a tough competition and we’ve had some exceptional results.”

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