Abigail Watkins, (14) and Danielle Lawson (18) brought home Silver and Bronze individual medals in Fencing from the National Finals of the 2016 School Games last week. Danielle also won a Gold medal with the England team and Abi won a Bronze medal with the Wales team.
Danielle, who is ranked second in the Great Britain Under 20 category said: “I am so excited to have represented England for the second year and come home with a medal, following in the footsteps of many School Games Alumni who have gone on to achieve medals in Rio. It was fantastic to watch the GB Fencers competing at the Olympics; their performance was thrilling and GB was so close to its first fencing medal since 1964. I hope it has inspired a new generation of fencers, as it has inspired me to pursue my fencing career to the next level.”
Abigail, who is ranked 17th in the Great Britain Under 17 category, represented Wales: “I am very excited about the Games as it is just like a mini Olympics’ where the athletes live in a village for the three days. Over the last year, I have worked on my fitness and technique with my coach John Rees with the support of Sports Worcester, CG5 and Mr Pitt, Headmaster at RGS Worcester.”
Mr Pitt, Headmaster of RGS Worcester said, “After such a superb summer of sport, it is very exciting to see two of our students fencing for their country at the School Games which have showcased many Olympic stars in the past. Danielle and Abi have both worked very hard at their sport and we congratulate them both on their success.”
Around 1,600 of the nation’s finest young sports stars took part in this year’s School Games across a total of twelve current and future Olympic and Paralympic sports: Athletics, Cycling, Fencing, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Rugby Sevens, Swimming, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis.