More success for Katie and Toby
Katie Baker and Toby Redmill took part in the recent Hampshire Under-14 Fencing Championships and both returned home with a medals.
In the girls’ foil competition 13-year-old Katie Baker, seeded at number 2, retained the trophy that she won last year. In the final match Katie took on a fencer from Club Escrime Winchester whom she had lost to in an earlier round. As expected, it was a tough final fight and going into the tense final period, and trailing 10-12, Katie managed to up her game to reclaim the trophy she won last year, beating her opponent15-13.
In the boys’ foil event 13-year-old Toby Redmill, also seeded at number two, drew a fencer from Espada Fencing Club, Bournemouth in the semi-final and won 15-9. In the final bout, Toby faced Brandan Yeung, also from Espada, but could not overcome his opponents greater experience and, at 15-9, was pushed into the silver medal position.
Club coach Jim Philbin said he is "delighted with the performance of both Katie and Toby who fenced with great composure and tactical awareness. They are a credit to Romsey Fencing Club".