ZFW Fencing Club members dominate at British Youth Championships in Sheffield
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Four ZFW Fencing Club members took medals at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield, a haul which featured two golds.
Amelie Tsang battled her way to gold among under-14 girls, and Dario Stenbeck-Schiavo also captured gold among under-16 boys.
David Sosnov finished with the silver medal in the under-14 category; he was forced to abandon his gold-medal finals match due to injury.
Claire Sosnov, meanwhile, came away with a bronze medal in the under-12 age category.
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More than a dozen of ZFW's young foilists qualified at regional competitions in the run-up to the British Youth Championships, which were held over three days the first weekend of May at Sheffield's English Institute of Sport.
They came en garde against Britain's best.
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Tsang, aged 12, said she was thrilled with her win, and credited a steady focus for her gold-medal success.
"I love fencing, the mental and physical challenges, the intensity; it is a beautiful sport."
Stenbeck-Schiavo, aged 15, said he was almost flabbergasted by the win, which he described as a dream come true.
The teenager said he enjoys the physical conditioning fencing provides as well as the sport's sense of camaraderie.
Club spirit was in evidence at the three-day championships, with many of ZFW's other fencers achieving impressive top-eight finishes.
Noteworthy were Dylan Daniel, who came fifth among under-16 boys; Leo Li Lim, placing sixth among under-14 boys; and Eugenie Raimbault, finishing seventh among under-12 girls.
They were coached by ZFW senior fencer Peter Barwell and GB junior fencer Matthew Abrahams.
ZFW founder and senior coach Ziemek Wojciechowski, meanwhile, was at a World Cup competition in St Petersburg with Britain's senior foilists, where the GB men's team placed sixth.
That squad featured ZFW fencers Richard Kruse and James-Andrew Davis, both from north London and both multiple Olympians.
Senior international competitions become increasingly important in the run-up to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
It is a busy time for all at the ZFW Fencing Club.