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ZFW Fencers Fight to Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the England Youth Championships

PRESS RELEASE: ZFW Fencers Fight to Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals at the England Youth Championships

Date: June 19, 2019 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Young foilists from north London fencing club ZFW were on target at this month’s England Youth Championships, nabbing two gold medals, a silver and one bronze in a weekend of intense competition that saw hundreds of young athletes come en garde.

In the under-13 age category, David Sosnov stormed his way to the podium with a 10-5 gold medal win over Samuelis Savickas of Allez Fencing. The England victory comes after silver-medal success for Sosnov at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield in May, where the youngster was forced to abandon the finals match because of injury.

“It’s an honour and a joy to have the title of English champion,” said Sosnov, who thanked his coaches and supporters. In that same age category, clubmates Ben Turner and Sebastian Beardmore-Esteban finished a respectable fifth and sixth, respectively, in a field of 64 competitors.

Claiming gold in the under-15 age category was Lucas Choy, who noted the calibre of competitors on the day. “I had to overcome the challenge of endurance by exerting my mental strength,” Choy said. “The best moment was the last touché as the applause from the audience lifted my spirits.” Clubmate Francois de Robert Hautequere also fenced to a high standard in the age category, finishing seventh.

Among the club’s female competitors, Eugenie Raimbault won silver among under-11s. Claire Sosnov put in a strong performance to finish sixth. Amelie Tsang earned a bronze medal among girls under the age of 13, while clubmate Marisa Green finished sixth.

ZFW founder and senior coach Ziemek Wojciechowski noted that the club’s young fencers continue to improve and succeed. “There is massive potential for development among ZFW’s young warriors,” Wojciechowski said.

The club’s senior men were also in action at the European Championships in Düsseldorf, Germany. North London Olympian Richard Kruse finished tenth, while Alexander Choupenitch, who trains at ZFW and competes for the Czech Republic, finished in sixth place. Alex Tofalides, also from north London and a ZFW fencer, finished in eighteenth place; he was fencing for Cyprus. The senior men will be in action next at the World Championships, which are being held in Budapest, Hungary in mid-July.


1: David Sosnov (wearing ZFW t-shirt) nabs the gold medal and the trophy in the under-13 age category at the England Youth Championships

2: Lucas Choy (wearing blue hoodie) celebrates his gold-medal win among boys under the age of 15

3: Eugenie Raimbault, pictured here with coaches Peter Barwell (blue jacket) and Edmund Howlett (ZFW t-shirt), takes silver in the under-11 category

ALL Photo Credits: ZFW Fencing

ZFW is run by Olympic Coach Ziemek Wojciechowski with a team of dedicated experts. The club aims to boost the standard of fencing in Britain by providing a centre of excellence for elite fencers training for Olympic, international and national teams. It also provides a learning programme with an emphasis on youngsters. ZFW operates from various venues in North London and elsewhere around the capital. For further details, please visit


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