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					40                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                            Bopara seals
                                                                                                                                                                            T20 progress
  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.

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