Seven Teams Compete In Wimbledon Fencing Challenge

Wimbledon Invitation Challenge Trophy

The competition for the Wimbledon Invitation Challenge Trophy took place at Ursuline School in Wimbledon on Sunday (April 12).

Seven teams, University of London Union, Club des Artistes, Guildford, Streatham, Kingston, Egham and Wimbledon competed in this annual event that has taken place every year since 1981.

The competition was first held to celebrate WFC's 30th anniversary and has been a fixture in the Surrey fencing calendar ever since.

Each team was made up of six fencers; two foilists, two épéeists and two sabreurs (who can be male or female). The competition was of two rounds. Round one was a seeding round, the top four entered poule one and the lowest three entered poule two for the second round. In round two all fencers are awarded scores for their final position, 16 for the highest and 1 for the lowest. Each club’s scores are added together for the final result. 

Husband and wife, Tim and Diane Buzwell, both fenced épée but for opposing teams, Tim for Wimbledon and Diane for Kingston. Luckily family discord was avoided as Wimbledon and Kingston ended up in separate poules!

It was a very close match with only the result from one fight making the difference between the top two teams.

The final scores were: ULU 80 points; Wimbledon 79, Egham 63, Guildford 57, Streatham 54, CDA 38, Kingston 22.

The individual weapon winners were;  Foil – Brian Harkins – Wimbledon Sabre – Valerian Langton – ULU Epée – Gareth Williams – Egham.

Wimbledon Fencing Club run regular courses for beginners and are planning a taster session in September.

Go to for more details.

Full results from all county competitions can be found on

All photographs by Jean Li Kam Tin

April 17, 2015

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Wimbledon team: L-R Jean Li Kam Tin (foil), Simon White (sabre), Christopher Micklem (épée) Tom Bowey-Strange (s), Tim Buzwell (e) and Brian Harkins (f).

Jill Farmer of Wimbledon Fencing Club presents the individual foil trophy to Brian Harkins

ULU fencing club captain Graham Miles on the left with his winning team