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Year 7 Student Rose takes Double Silver at European Fencing Championships

Published on 19/04/24

Year 7 student, Rose R, has returned from Ciudad Real, Spain with both an individual and team Silver Medal for England, in the European Fencing Confederation (EFC) U14 Women’s Foil competition.

Having first been introduced to fencing in Year 2 at Stephen Perse Cambridge Junior School and after just two years of intermediate to advance level fencing with her local club, Cambridge Sword, 11 year old Rose was the youngest competitor to be selected for the England U14 fencing team competing at the European tournament. In her short but high achieving fencing career, Rose has managed to catch up with many seasoned fencers, having won the Championship for the U12 Women's Foil category at the Eastern Region Qualifiers earlier this year. At number 19, Rose is currently the highest ranked England fencer in the European rankings for the Women's U14 Foil.

Placing second at the European competition was particularly special for Rose as she was also the highest ranking captain for the team event. Reflecting on her achievement, Rose said: "I wasn't expecting a Silver for England, but this is my proudest achievement. Getting to Spain and training with the England team was really exciting. It was a very long day of fencing, but I enjoyed every moment of it and even made new friends with other international competitors. My success so far is thanks to both my school, Stephen Perse Cambridge, for starting me in fencing when I was in Year 2 and my club, Cambridge Sword, that got me to this amazing point in my fencing journey.”

Rose is looking forward to competing next at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield this summer, along with two other students from Stephen Perse Cambridge Senior School, Loïc and Jerome.