Thornbury teenager celebrates fencing success

July 30 2018
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A Thornbury fencer has secured a top ten finish at a national championships, and is hoping for a call up to the Great Britain squad.

Tabitha De N’Yeurt, who’s 14, has won seventh place in the England Youth Championships. 

She finished in the top 16 in the British Youth Championships in March and was determined to gain a higher position in the England tournament. 

Tabitha said; “While I was disappointed to lose to my friend Bronwen at the quarter-finals, I’m really pleased with my performance throughout the tournament. I’d set myself several goals which I exceeded, and this focus rewarded me with the best national championship result I’ve ever achieved. I was extremely lucky to have my coach Mike Cleary with me and am looking forward to pushing myself when training with him.”

Tabitha has won several titles this year. She competes across five different age ranges, from U14 to senior level, training five times a week at Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre, making use of the gym and swimming pool for her endurance training.  

Tabitha said; “I’d like to thank the local Thornbury companies and charity organisations, including Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre, who’ve helped or sponsored me along the way and have made this all possible.” 

Centre Manager at Thornbury Active Lifestyle Centre, Luke Newman, said: “It’s great to hear that Tabitha is achieving her goals and delivering new personal bests thanks to all of her hard work and determination. She is a great inspiration to all of us here at the centre and we have no doubt that she’ll soon be one of the best fencers in the UK.”

Tabitha is spending her summer at training camps across the UK and Europe. Her next major competition is the Cadet Winton Cup, for young fencers from across the UK, which takes place in December. 

She will also find out whether she’s been selected to represent Great Britain in upcoming competitions. Tabitha has already been invited by the GB Pathway Team to start training with the Cadet (U17) and Junior (U20) squads.

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