24th January 2011
Gareth Thomas, 19, produced a fantastic result at the Men’s Epee Senior Satellite event in Stockholm this weekend by winning a bronze medal. Thomas, who is coached by his father Neale, is only in his first season as a senior fencer, and faced fights against Beijing Olympic qualifier Torkilsden (NOR) and Gomez (SWE), on his way to achieving bronze – a brilliant result for such a young fencer.
Of his result, Thomas said, “These guys are physically so strong and this is a massive step up from Junior level. I’m very pleased to have scored my first senior international points.” His coach added, “It will take time to get to grips with the intensity of Senior fencing but this is a good start to what promises to be an interesting season.”
This weekend also saw GB Junior Men’s foilists competing in Austria at Modling with Alex Tofalides and James Davis taking gold and silver respectively. The final was always going to be tight given that the fencers train together and know each other so well, and it was no surprise that the fight went to a deciding hit.
The sabreurs competed at the weekend as well, with the Men’s Junior team attending the World Cup in Dourdan, France, where James Honeybone finished 5th at a major event for the second time in a row.
These results are testament to the hard work put in by fencers, coaches and their support teams and are a clear indication that the future of British Fencing is very bright indeed.