England call-up to fencing squad for Thornbury student

March 26 2018
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TEENAGER Tabitha De N’Yeurt received her second call-up to the England fencing squad before heading to Poland for an international tournament.

TEENAGER Tabitha De N’Yeurt received her second call-up to the England fencing squad before heading to Poland for an international tournament.

Tabitha, 14, was selected for the second year running to represent England and is now looking for success at the Challenge Wratislavia fixture, which is taking place in the city of Wroclaw from March 23-26.

The Thornbury GCSE student is part of the under-15 girls’ foil squad and her selection completes a remarkable season which has involved her competing across five age ranges, from under-14 to senior level.

At her age, Tabitha has had to adjust her fencing technique to suit opponents who are older, stronger and more agile. 

However, she has done so with success, recently becoming the South West’s under-16 girls’ foil champion.

 The Castle School pupil keeps up with her studies while training five times a week at Thornbury’s leisure centre, using the gym and swimming pool for endurance training.

Centre manager, Andy Robinson, said: “It has been a privilege to support Tabitha as an athlete and watch her succeed through all her hard work and determination. She is a great inspiration to all of us here at the centre. 

“I’d encourage anyone interested in any level of sport to come along and give it a go.”

Tabitha said: “Competing across different age ranges has been a real challenge this season but consistent training and setting realistic goals have helped me to secure another position on the England squad.” 

She said she would be playing against the best fencers in Europe at the tournament and although it was a big step, she was determined to take it.