Epee champion from Oundle

fencing 3Epee champion Eleanor Taylor represented Great Britain at the European Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Sochi, Russia earlier this year.

Eleanor, who fences Epee, competed in the U17 individual and team Cadet competitions against the best young fencers in Europe. Eleanor competed in the Sochi championship, as well as the Junior and Cadets World Fencing Championship in Verona, in which she placed 53 out of 80, and 69 out of 125 respectively.

In both events, Eleanor got through the round robin stages and made it to the knockout stages, but lost her first fights 8-15 and 9-15 in each respective competition. The events were unlike anything Eleanor had competed in before, with Russia, in particular, presenting a massive contrast to UK culture.

As a 15-year-old, Eleanor has another season in the U17 Cadets, so will be looking to use her newly gained experience when the fencing season starts again in September. In the meantime Eleanor will be representing England at U17 level at the Commonwealth Cadet and Junior Championships taking place in Newcastle in July.

This season, Eleanor has already competed for Great Britain on the European Cadet (U17) circuit, fencing in Austria, Finland and France.

Her best results so far have been in Finland where she placed 31 in the individual and 6 in the team competition. Eleanor’s performances at home and abroad meant she finished 2017 number 1 in the Great Britain U17 epee rankings.

Eleanor, who is a pupil at Prince William School in Oundle, has been fencing for six years. She was U14 British Epee Champion in 2016 and represented England at Challenge Wratislavia, Poland in 2015 and 2016. Eleanor travels to Stevenage, Cambridge and Northampton each week for training.

Zara Abdullah
May 2018