Students from Gad’s Hill School have won gold, silver and bronze medals after competing in national fencing events.
Year six pupil Oliver Lloyd, 10, from Greenhithe, is now ranked third in the UK for U11 Boys Sabre, following an impressive 10-9 battle with an opponent who has more than three years’ experience than him.
As well as his success at the first national fencing circuit event of the season, Oliver was also part of the Gad’s fencing squad who took home four gold medals, one silver and a bronze at the ISA (Independent School’s Association) National Fencing Tournament.
The six-strong team successfully completed two rounds of poules, placing them in the top three for their age groups.
Oliver’s father, Mr Marc Lloyd said: “Fencing was only introduced at Gad’s a year ago and this is a very impressive result, from a group of children with huge potential.
“Miss Ellis continues to do a fantastic job broadening the appeal of the sport and engaging both Junior and Senior pupils.”
Read coach, Miss Ellis’ match reports:
ISA (Independent School’s Association) National Fencing Tournament, London
Every one of the six Gad’s pupils who attended the ISA in London brought home a medal – what a fantastic result! Gads team was made up of Ollie Lloyd in Remove, Holly, Eden, Carter and Mac from L4 and U5’s James.
James was the first of the Gad’s pupils to secure Gold in the U18 even,t losing just one match in the whole day.
Holly and Ollie were the next to sail into their finals, both winning their matches with five points to spare.
Then the battle beaten Gad’s U13 boys commenced. First up was Carter and Eden in the semi-finals – both boys fought hard however this time Carter took the win meaning Eden placed third overall, which is a brilliant result! Carter then came up against Mac in the final, after Mac successfully won his semi-final match 10-8. Carter and Mac bravely fought however Carter clinched then win.
Leon Paul Junior Series, Stratford-upon-Avon
Ollie is currently in the U11 age group, a tough class in the UK. He fought bravely in his first poule to win five out of the six matches to five points and was ranked in the top four after this round. He then went on to win all his matches in the next round, beating a boy that has over 3 years more experience than him.
The next stage was direct elimination matches which go up to 10 points with a break at five. Ollie sailed through his first round matches to secure his place in the top eight. The next match was a bit tougher but he kept his head and secured a place in the semi-final. Unfortunately he lost gallantly 10-9, however this meant that he placed in third position.