06 Feb 2015
Luke Qualifies for the British Youth Fencing Championships

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Ellesmere College fencer Luke Warren has qualified for the British Youth Championships after bagging silver on his first competitive debut.

The year seven pupil finished second in the West Midlands Fencing Youth Championships. A pentathlete, he will take on Britain's top fencing specialists at Sheffield in May.

Fencers from under-10 to under-18 categories competed in the Midlands showdown, held last week at Packwood Hough School. Luke, in the under-12 age group, won six of his seven qualifiers. He was ranked second out of 15 as he advanced to the knockout stages. He continued his progress with a comfortable victory in the semi finals. But he missed out on glory in the final.

Luke's dad, Nathan said "The final was a step too far but Luke brought home the silver medal. However, very positively for Luke and Ellesmere, he will now represent the West Midlands at the British Youth Championships. I believe he will be the only pentathlete competing with all the other team members being fencers only".

Luke said "I have been training with the pentathlon club at the school and the coaches have really helped me."

Already in 2015, Luke has won the Under-12 West Midlands Tetrathlon Championships. He was crowned champion in the four events of swimming, running, fencing and shooting battling not only competitors but high winds and horizontal rain on a cold January day.