Double medal for school fencers

John Firth, coach Adam Blight and Amer Qaiyum
John Firth, coach Adam Blight and Amer Qaiyum

DOUBLE award-winning celebrations took place for Derbyshire students at a youth fencing championships.

Amer Qaiyum, of Mount St Mary’s, Spinkhill, took gold to become the Yorkshire Under 18 Sabre Champion for 2012, building on the bronze achieved at last year’s event.

Runner-up was John Firth, also of Mount St Mary’s, who won the silver medal.

Having already competed in the Under 18 foil, John went on to battle it out in the Under 18 epee to become the first pupil from the Derbyshire school to fence in all three weapons on the same day at a regional competition.

It means Amer and John both qualify for the Under 18 boys’ sabre at the British Youth Fencing Championships at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, in May.

The pupils were part of a ten-strong squad who travelled from Mount St Mary’s to Woodhouse Grove School for the Yorkshire competition with Thibau Grumett reaching the quarter finals of the under 12 boys’ foil.

Mr Jenkins, Fencing Master at Mount St Mary’s College, said: “It was a tough competition and everyone fought with energy and verve. But pride of place must go to Amer and John for their excellent efforts and success.

“A very special thanks must go to our coach Adam Blight whose presence at the competition proved invaluable for our fencers, and whose work at the college makes such success possible.”