Champion fencer foils opponents

Alex Craig with her fencing mask and foil. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN
Alex Craig with her fencing mask and foil. Picture by FRANK REID. IRN

CHAMPION fencer Alex Craig rounded off her season in fine style by foiling her opponents to win a national event.

Alex, 17, was crowned the Under 18 British Youth Champion at the English Institute of Sport, in Sheffield.

The performance caps off a fine season for the sixth form student which also saw her represent Great Britain in the Cadet European and World Fencing Championships.

Alex’s achievements are even more impressive considering they coincided with her working hard to complete her AS levels at English Martyrs RC School and Sixth Form College, in Catcote Road, Hartlepool.

She is now enjoying a short break before beginning preparations for next season.

Alex, who lives in the Burn Valley area of Hartlepool with mum and dad, Angela, a vet and David, an accountant, said: “It’s been a long and hard season. I am pleased with some of my performances but not so pleased with others.

“I think it’s been a success though.”

Alex, who has an older sister, Ruth, 23, and older brother, Tim, 21, added: “It can be hard work balancing training and college work but I suppose it’s only going to get more difficult.

“Next year I am studying the second year of my A-levels and then I am hoping to go to university.”

Despite the season only recently coming to an end, Alex has already been selected to represent England in the UK School Games, in Sheffield, in September.

Alex, who has previously held British titles at under-10 and under-14 level and been runner up at the Commonwealth under-20 championships is coached by Durham-based Laszlo Jakab, who is currently preparing the Great Britain Paralympic fencing squad for next year’s London games.