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Welsh Fencing are honoured to have Margaret Myers representing Wales at the Commonwealth Championships in the Veterans Women’s foil today.
Maggie started fencing in 1966 under Peter Stewart at Cardiff Fencing club. A numerous Welsh champion in women’s foil, Maggie has represented Wales a number of times and was a member of the then WAFU Board in the 1970s & 1980s. This is Maggie’s 6th Commonwealth Championships having represented Wales in 4 Senior and 2 Veteran events. She is also a regular at Welsh Fencing Champion events in veterans and seniors and regularly competes on Welsh teams.
Maggie is currently also the Welsh Veterans foil selector. At the age of 74, Maggie is still competing for GB, winning a Team silver at Hamburg World Cup and is looking forward to the Veterans World Championships in October. Welsh Fencing would like to congratulate and thank Maggie for her 54 years dedicated to fencing, and to Wales.
Ruth Silverstone today won the first medal for Wales in the Veteran catgeory, with Bronze in the individual epee.
Ruth was seeded 27 after the poules, having won 3 of her 6 bouts. Ruth defeated Nanette Spencer (RSA) in the L64, 10:4. This took her into the L32, where she defeated the number 8 seed, Melissa Yeung (AUS), with a score of 10:6. Her oppenent in the L16 was Lisa Huzel (AUS), who she defeated 10:9. In the L8, Ruth defeated Ingrid Heskett (ENG), 10:9, taking her into the medal positions.
Her semi-final opponent was Karen Laansoo (CAN), who defeated Ruth 10:9.
On the last day of the Senior Commonwealth Championships, the Wales team won yet another Commonwealth Medal. This times it was Silver, to the Women's Epee Team of Lou Sadler, Jess Gundry, Rebecca Renziehausen and Emily Southern.
Seeded 4, Wales had a bye into the L8, where they met the number 5 seeds, New Zealand. This took them into the L4, and gauranteed them a medal. The opponents in the L4 were top seeds, England. In a tight match, Wales were victorious 38:36.
In the final, the Wales team met Canada, who took the Gold medal 44:36.
Day 9 saw the start of the cadets events, and what a start it was! After some mixed results in the poules, Sameer Sunder-Rajan knocked out the no.1 seed in the L16 and then proceeded to dispatch yet more higher ranked fencers to eventually meet the GBR no.1 in the final. This was going to be a tough ask; Sameer acquitted himself admirably and came away with a well-deserved Silver medal after losing the final 6-15.
The junior fencers arrived with a palpable sense of excitement and keenness to get going. Having seen the successes of the senior fencers, they were keen to emulate their older (& wiser?) counterparts but found a number of very talented fencers from across the Commonwealth waiting for them. Bearing in mind that there were several of our cadet fencers competing an age-group up, it was very encouraging to see so many strong performances.
In individual events, there were creditable L16 places for Erin Corcoran and Georgia Howes (JWS), Bobby Childs (JMS) and Amelie Russell (JWE).
However, in the team events, this is where Team Wales showed what we could do………
Following a tough day of fencing, Glen Ostacchini today won Commonwealth Silver in the Senior Commonwealth Fencing Championships, currently being held in London.
Winning 6 poule fights out of 7, Glen was ranked 12 going into the Direct Elimination. This gave him a bye into the L32, where he defeated Robert CICCARELLI (CAN), 15:12. This took him into the L16, against Ben PEGGS (ENG), who he quickly despatched, 15:9. Now in the L8, he met Jiaan LI (CAN). Glen defeated Li 15:12, taking him into the semi-finals, and guaranteed him a medal.
In the L4, Glen came up against Keith COOK (SCO). winning 15:10, taking him into the Final.
In the other half of the draw a tight all-English semi-final saw Harry BIRD defeat Kamal MINOTT 15:14.
The final was a very tight fight, with the lead changing hands regularly, but with Harry eventually coming out as victor, 15:14.
With several key fencers unable to make the journey to Australia, we knew we weren’t going to replicate the fantastic medal haul from the last Commonwealth Championships in 2014. In addition, with all the top Australians involved, a decent turnout from Canada, full strength squads from England and Scotland, and India continuing their rapid improvement, this was one of the toughest fields I have ever seen at this event. All our fencers did themselves great credit and to come away with two bronze medals (Senior Women’s Epee Team and Veterans Women’s Sabre Individual) was a great achievement.