40 www.newhamrecorder.co.uk Recorder, Wednesday, July 21, 2010
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Swords celebrate in Eastimpresses
a sensational year
LEGENDARY Olympian said Sanderson, representing
Tessa Sanderson was Newham’s Sports Academy
on hand to congratu- and 2012 unit. “I’m especially
late Newham Swords’ impressed by those members
fencers on a magnifi- who gained international recog-
cent season last week, nition this season.
at the club’s annual “I am very conﬁdent that
presentation evening. there is lots more to come and
Special achievement awards very much looking forward to
were given to 25 fencers who next season.
gained a national medal, while “I want to say a big thank
eight members received an out- you to all the fencing coaches
standing achievement award for as well as the members, who
representing Great Britain or would have not have go this far
without your guidance and ex- NEWHAM’S Issiah Lynn (above) repre-
England. sented London at the Inter-Regional bas-
“The fencers have had a tre- perienced coaching.”
Newham Head Coach, and ketball tournament in Nottingham at the
mendous season of success,” weekend.
former Olympic medallist
Pierre Harper, echoed Sander- His team didn’t manage to take home
son’s sentiments while singling any silverware, but Issiah said he was de-
out some extra-special accom- CELEBRATION: The successful Newham Swords fencers pose at their presentation evening, lighted to be at the tournament, if only to
plishments from a golden year. including Amol Rattan (below) who qualified for the under-17 World Championships. take a break from his GCSE homework.
Issiah has had to balance his exams
“The Club has had an historic under-17 World Champion- perb national and international “These results are not only with training and competitive games, and
season, gaining a total of 85 ships, along with Amol Rattan, results. due to the hard work and dedi- revealed he was worried he wouldn’t be
medals in just 10 months, which
and Rajan Rai represents Eng- Rattan won the national un- cation of the Club’s coaches able to play at all in the East Midlands.
is more than most clubs gain in
land at under-15 level.” der-17 men’s foil trophy, the but also to the continued ﬁ- “My coach Caroline Charles said that
two seasons,” said Harper.
The high-achieving New- club won three trophies at the nancial support from Newham my studies were very important and we
“We have also had Ife Kubler worked out a schedule so that I would not
and Alex Savin qualify with ham-based club also won the British Youth Championships, Council’s Darren Watson and
London Youth Games fencing and Savin grabbed an historic Tessa Sanderson,” said Swords miss out on important training sessions,”
Great Britain for the under-17 he said.
EURO HOPE: Ife Kubler. European Championships. trophy for the fourth time in a silver medal from the under-17 Manager, and former Olympic
“My mum was happy that I was study-
Kubler also qualiﬁed for the row along with a series of su- European Championships. fencer Linda Strachan. ing my books and not just playing basket-
Trophies for kickboxing aces
Issiah also emphasised the effect sport
can have on young people’s lives, echoing
the message of the forthcoming Olympic
Games in the borough.
FORESTGATE’S winner from the “I’ve now made lifetime friends from
Mantis Kickbox- club on the night all over London and I’ve also got mates
ing club sent a by stopping his all over England after meeting other
team of young opponent in the players from all the regions.
ﬁghters to the St last round and “It has given me great conﬁdence, and
Crispin Leisure Nathanaiel Lewis I hope that I will continue to advance up
Centre in Woking- competed in a the basketball ladder.
ham at the week- bruising contest, “I also hope that my GCSE results vali-
end to compete in which was judged date my hard work in school, at home and
a series of semi- by many to be the on the court.”
contact bouts. best ﬁght of the
The show pro- night. Essex Cricket
vided a mixed bag Lewis, Ellen
of results for the
ﬁghters with deb-
utant Declan Con-
Boyce and Alban
Lita all drew on
the evening, but
nolly impressing were congratulat-
by out-scoring his ed by instructors
opponent. Joe Wharwood
Samin Ahbab and Clive Hall for EFFORT: (Front row, left to right) Declan Connolly, Samin Ahbab,
RAVI BOPARA hit an outstanding half-
was the quickest their efforts. Ellen Boyce, Nathanaiel Lewis, Alban Lita and their trainers.
century on Thursday, as Essex eventually
sealed a date with Lancashire Lightning
in the quarter-ﬁnals of the Friends Provi-
Cojusneanu sets new best in West Ham dent Twenty20 competition, writes Rob
The former Hainault & Clayhall
man weighed in with 59 from 46 balls
RECORDS tumbled at the West a time of 24.15. at Chelmsford, as his side successfully
Ham Park Five Kilometre run John O’Shea of Highgate Harri- chased a Gloucestershire total of 162-5
on Sunday, as course times were ers cruised to his third consecutive with eight balls to spare.
shaved in every category. win in the men’s over-40 category Bopara, whose innings included two
Igor Cojusneanu of Moldova and he improved his course record sixes and ﬁve boundaries, was ﬁnally
not only claimed his fourth con- to 18.10.
secutive Summer Series win in the bowled by former England off-spinner
Michael Olliff (21.24) and Alvin Richard Dawson.
5km outing, but also lowered his White (22.22) ﬁnished in second
own course record to 16.50 min- The Forest Gate-born ace also put in a
and third place respectively. star turn a day later, when his knock of 39
utes, an improvement of more than Laura Williams, of Serpentine
16 seconds. helped Eagles beat Sussex Sharks by ﬁve
Running Club, erased Caroline wickets to leapfrog their opponents and
John Charles of Belgrave Har- Tuck’s course record of 21.54
riers couldn’t keep up with the close on a home tie.
with a new time of 21.05 in the However, they still had to wait un-
pace of Cojusneanu and faded in
the last 300m to ﬁnish second in women’s over-35 category. til Sunday’s dramatic last game of the
17.00, while David Holland from Two-time winner Inga Hayden- 2010 season, where they were relying on
the University of East London Cooper, of Dagenham 88 Runners, Hampshire Royals beating Sussex to se-
took a distant third place in 18.57. ﬁnished in second place with 22.24 cure a top two place in the South group.
Talented Havering Mayesbrook and Sharon Springﬁeld ﬁnished in A Hampshire victory conﬁrmed a
runner Robyn Matson, smashed third with 23.25. more homely passage for Essex, and they
the women’s 5km course record Densign White, the former now play Lancashire at the Ford County
with a time of 19.19. Olympic Judo player and chair- Ground at 7.40pm on Tuesday, July 27.
Second-placed ﬁnisher Ilona man of the British Judo Federa- The winner of that tie will be heading
Bagi of Serpentine Running Club tion, attended the run for the ﬁrst for a day out in Hampshire, as the Rose
clocked a series best of 21.47, but time, along with regular attendee Bowl ground plays host to the annual
it was not enough to catch Matson. and event patron Tessa Sanderson Friends Provident Twenty20 ﬁnals day.
Dime Bagshaw took third place in (pictured left). WINNER: Moldova’s Igor Conjusneanu.