Recent Competition Results
European Cadet Championships, Jerusalem, 24th February
Ben Schneider, representing GBR, finished 36th in a field of 86 fencers. He had a really excellent poule result, ranked 19 after the poules, then got knocked out 15-11 by fencer representing Ireland. He was glad to finish in the top half as he will receive ranking points for future events. Ben was also in the epee team which finished 8th out of the 19 countries
Cadet & Junior British Championships, Newham, 8th/9th February
The weekend saw back-to-back three weapon competitions, Cadet u17s on Saturday and Junior u20s on Sunday. Ben Schneider fenced in both epee competitions. On Saturday he was disappointed to finish only 23rd Cadet epeeists but made amends on Sunday in the older Junior age group, finishing 24th of the 57 fencers. Meanwhile, in the Cadet foil Alexander Hardie was ranked 55th in the field of 79 and Heloïse 21st of 48 girls (Heloise's first competition in the age group). A special mention should go to ex-OFC member Lydia Stanier, who made a special trip back from Germany, and won bronze in the Cadet epee and a very impressive gold in the Junior epee.
Challenge CEP Marathon Fleuret , Paris, 1st/2nd February
This is a huge competition which takes two days to complete, with fencers being eliminated after every round. Alexander Hardie fenced in under-17 category, fencing began at 7:30am (that's 6:30am UK time!). He avoided the cut after the first round of poules but unfortunately the second round poule proved too strong and he was knocked out. He was ranked 209th of the 223 fencers. Meanwhile, Heloïse Hardie was fencing for the England squad in the 'minimes' under-15 category. She beat 'the cut' during the first two round of poules. Her day was then completed with a mini Last 32 competition of lower ranked fencers who competed for the remaining eight places of qualifiers for Sunday. In Heloise's last bout she was 6-6 with a French girl, so they went into extra time with each needing just one hit to make the second day of the competition. The pressure was on but Heloïse came good and made the valuable hit. Then Sunday started again at silly o'clock with another poule. Unfortunately Heloïse didn't win a bout - losing one 4-5 in extra time - but spectacularly managed to frustrate a top French seed by restricting the score of the bout to just 0-3. It was very amusing to see the other girl questioning the referee, her foil, Heloise's lame, anything to explain her lack of hits, when of course the answer lay in Heloise's hard work. Nonetheless, Heloise's Parisian adventure was over; she was ranked 98th of 266 fencers.