RGS Worcester Girls Selected to Fence for England

02 Feb 2012

Two pupils from a Worcester school have been given the ultimate accolade with a call up to represent their country after being selected for the 2012 England Under 15 Fencing Team.

Alix Turley (15) and Danielle Lawson (14), both pupils at RGS Worcester, will be representing England at the 35th international children’s fencing tournament, the ‘Wratisavia Challenge’, to be held in Poland in March.

The 12-strong squad selection was based on the final England Under 15 Epee ranking list for 2011. After placing seventh in round two of the Elite Epee Junior Series, Alix is now fourth on the list whilst Danielle holds eighth position. This franks a fine season for Danielle who won the England Youth U13 Championships last year.

Danielle commented, “I am so proud to have been chosen to represent my country. Having the opportunity to fence outside of the UK is very exciting and I am looking forward to being part of the team.”

Whilst Alix added, “This is such a great opportunity. I believe this is another step towards fulfilling my ambition of fencing for Great Britain in the Olympics.”

Their coach Mr Nick Chapman, is proud of both girls and said: “I am delighted that all the effort and hard work Alix and Danielle have put in over the last two years has paid off. The tournament will be a wonderful opportunity for them to gain international experience and I hope that it will be the first of many international performances.”

Mr Chapman can also boast of international honours as he has been invited to coach the England Under 20 team at the Junior Commonwealth Championships in Jersey in February.