Louth Fencing Club increase impressive medal tally

Louth Fencing Club members, from left, back - Abbie Johnson, Paula Webster, Jim Harris, Kim De Large, Emily Goolden, Kate Harris; middle - Robert Kemp, Archie Broughton, William Lonsdale, Luke Johnson, Sam Blair; front - Wilf Broughton, Alex Judge, Nick Freitas, Joe Blair, Henry Unsworth, Caitlin Hall EMN-150720-153912002
Louth Fencing Club members, from left, back - Abbie Johnson, Paula Webster, Jim Harris, Kim De Large, Emily Goolden, Kate Harris; middle - Robert Kemp, Archie Broughton, William Lonsdale, Luke Johnson, Sam Blair; front - Wilf Broughton, Alex Judge, Nick Freitas, Joe Blair, Henry Unsworth, Caitlin Hall EMN-150720-153912002
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Louth Fencing club has had an excellent few months with medals for nearly all of its fencers.

The second leg of the Regions Youth League saw the boys’ under 14s achieve a clean sweep with William Lonsdale winning gold, Archie Broughton claiming the silver, and Robert Kemp and Sam Blair securing bronze medals.

The pattern continued in the under 12s where there was gold for Wilf Broughton, silver to Joe Blair and bronze for Alex Judge.

The prestigious English Youth Championships in Hertfordshire saw Joe Blair finish 11th out of a large under 11s turnout of 80, while in the under 13s category, William Lonsdale was 16th and Sam Blair 21st out of another big field of 85 fencers.

The Blair brothers were on their travels again, to Newham Sword, in London, where Joe won a bronze medal from an entry of 35 and Sam did well to place seventh out of 52.

Club newcomers Nick Freitas and Henry Unsworth also fenced superbly to finish seventh in their respective age groups.

Not to be outdone, the adults entered the regional team event and secured excellent results.

In the ladies-only event, the trio of Kim De Large, Paula Webster and Emily Goolden won gold - the seventh year running a Louth team has won the event.

A mixed team of Sam Brougham, Archie Broughton and Kate Harris brought home a well-earned bronze medal out of 14 men’s and mixed teams, while in the veterans’ age groups, Kim De Large was fifth, and there were third-place finishes for Paula Webster and Kate Harris in their respective age groups.

The result meant Kate has been selected once again to fence for the British veterans team in France later this year.

Kate also won golds in the plate competition and best veteran at Much Wenlock last week.

Head coach, Jim Harris, said: “We are very pleased that all our fencers enter competitions and do so well.

“To get these sort of results takes a lot of hard work from the fencers, their coaches and parents.”