Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Success at IAPS Fencing Championships

Success at IAPS Fencing Championships

Following on from the recent success of our Junior School fencing team, it was time to head to the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) National Fencing Championships at Millfield School in Somerset.

This was the first time RGS has competed at the IAPS National Championships and all the fencers were excited to line up with some 240 entrants in the biggest ever fencing competition for IAPS.

A team of eight fencers represented RGS in four fields, under 9 boys foil, under 11 girls epee, under 11 boys epee and under 11 boys sabre.

After a long and emotional day of competition, RGS came away with three third place finishes and a whole host of other great results.

In the under 9 boys foil, Patrick Magill (Year 4) got himself a spot on the podium after battling through for a third place finish. William Hays (Year 4) narrowly missed out, placing fifth. RGS were the only school to have two boys in the top eight.

The Under 11 girls epee saw Naomi Parker (Year 5) compete to a high standard and she too reached the podium taking third place. Celia Talks (Year 5) had a great competition as well, taking a well placed 16th.

In the Under 11 boys epee, RGS again was the only school to have three fencers in the top 15 with Toby Aberdeen (Year 5) taking bronze, Eddie Mackay (Year 5) finishing 11th and Seanan Kale (Year 5) taking 13th. Nehan Udawatte (Year 5) also competed in the epee, taking 47th spot.

Eddie and Toby also competed in the sabre, their second discipline of the competition. They both fenced brilliantly, finishing 8th and 16th respectively.

Iain Aberdeen, fencing coach, was delighted with all the fencers efforts. He said,

'Competing not only for the first time at IAPS National Championships, but also in one of the largest fencing fields, I'm delighted with how all of the fencers performed.

'To come away with three bronze medals and a whole feat of other standout performances is brilliant for RGS and I'm excited to see what the future has in store for these young fencers.'

Thanks to Millfield School and IAPS for hosting such a fantastic event.