Brixton was the scene of a fencing competition for both child and adult fencers at the Brixton Recreation Centre on 10 and 12 December. The event was hosted by the Brixton Fencing Club in partnership with Imperium Investments.
On Monday the Under 7s competition was won by Poppy Lyster and the Under 11s competition by Sameer Sunder-Rajan. On Wednesday Nick Beaumont won the Senior Male competition, with Laura Sheffield the champion in the Senior Female category. The Junior Male title was won by Luca Bodereau and the Junior Female title went to Erin Pedler.
Chris Tidmarsh, the chairman of the Brixton Fencing Club said commented: “The fencers thoroughly enjoyed the competition and having prizes provided by Imperium added to the stakes, making this a truly competitive experience for children and adults alike.”
Speaking at the event, Dmitry Leus said: “We were delighted to support this event. I know from my own background in fencing how important it is to get to the opportunity to truly compete. Competition strengthens not only your sports skills, but also your approach to life. It’s especially inspiring to see these young people competing and giving their all.”
Lavinia Oana Puiu, a coach at the Brixton Fencing Club, explained the benefits of the competition: “This was a great opportunity to see the improvement in the children after their long training period. This kind of competition lets coaches really see their students’ fencing level. It was also such a pleasure to see the reaction from the students and their families to the prizes and presents.”
The competition forms part of a collaboration between Imperium Investments and the Brixton Fencing Club. They have joined forces to allow children across Lambeth to experience fencing.