Medals for Rachel and Mark
The inaugural Dream Fencing International open épée took place at Medway Park, Gillingham, Kent on August 1, featuring two Wimbledon fencers.
Rachel Carter fenced in the women's event in the morning and Mark Richardson in the men's in the afternoon. It was a fairly small competition but with a high standard of fencing.
Rachel was in 5th place after two rounds of poules and took an early lead in her direct elimination bout against higher seed Tierney Sharp, finishing the first period 8-2 up but Sharp came back strongly after the break and the scores were tied at 14-14 with just a few seconds to go before the end of the third period.
Then Rachel launched an attack and scored the decisive point going through to the semi-final against Patricia Kiy. Rachel lost that bout 15-8 and Kiy went on to win silver in the final against Astrid Bulot from France.
A disappointing couple of poule rounds meant Mark Richardson had to fence Oscar Lyle Perez to get through to the semi finals. "Losing to Perez in the poules meant I was not looking forward to fencing him in the DE." he said, "and even if I beat him I would have to then fence top seed Simon Todd who was undefeated in this competition."
Richardson beat Perez 15-12 and then took a two point lead against Todd early on in the first period which he held throughout the bout, winning 15-12 and getting through to the final against Bulgarian Yosif Angelinov.
"I had beaten the left-hander
5-3 in the first poule round but knew it was going to be a tough match", Richardson said. "Yosif was Bulgarian National Champion and Winner of the cup of Bulgaria. He has also been part of the Bulgarian National Squad so I knew in a match to 15 points I'd have to work very hard." In a fast paced and exciting fight Angelikov won 15-8 in the first period.
"This was a really good event" said Rachel Carter after receiving her bronze medal and a new fencing bag as a prize, "I'm sure it will be bigger next year and I will be back to fence again in 2016."
Wimbledon Fencing Club run regular courses for beginners and are running a taster session on Wednesday September 23.
Go to Wimbledon Fencing Club's website or to find out more about fencing in London go to http://londonregionfencing.org.uk/home/.
Dream Fencing Club is based in the south east and has clubs in Fulham, Caterham, Richmond and Gillingham http://dreamfencing.co.uk/.
August 6, 2015