Fencers find success in county leagues

After a particularly strong campaign this year, QE’s top fencing team has won its county league, while the seconds finished the season as runners-up in theirs.

A series of successes saw the QE A squad beat Aldwickbury School from Harpenden into second place in the Hertfordshire Schools Spring 2017 Foil League, while the B team were pipped for the top spot in their division by Verulam School, St Albans. Both leagues comprise nine schools.

Fencing has been a popular extra-curricular activity at QE for a number of years, with external coaches provided by the Paul Davis Fencing Academy.

Congratulating the successful teams, Operations Manager Lisa Walter said the academy’s founder had been pleased with the conduct of fencers and their parents.

""The academy is now planning to hold a Hertfordshire Schools Fencing Championships day in June.

The QE A team consists of: James Ford, of Year 10; Daniel Radzik-Rahman, Year 9, and Reza Sair, Year 10. The B team is: Mrinaank Chilkoti, of Year 8; Abdullah Chisti, of Year 8, and Ayush Patel, Year 8.

In addition to its history of fencing, QE numbers a national leader in the sport among its alumni: Piers Martin (OE 1987–1995), who is the son of current Chairman of Governors, Barrie Martin, was the first full-time Chief Executive Officer of British Fencing, serving from 2008 to 2012.