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Foiled! East End kids cut and thrust their way to 2012 Games

PUBLISHED: 13:01 26 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:23 05 October 2010

Gotcha! Young competitors in action and (inset) winner Aburul Miah from Bygrove Primary

Gotcha! Young competitors in action and (inset) winner Aburul Miah from Bygrove Primary

KIDS are sharpening up their sword-fencing skills with an eye on the 2012 Olympics. A second annual fencing tournament was held in London’s Docklands at the Reebok sports club in Canary Wharf on June 20 for pupils who have been coached in school by qualified instructors

KIDS are sharpening up their sword-fencing skills with an eye on the 2012 Olympics.

A second annual fencing tournament was held in London's Docklands at the Reebok sports club in Canary Wharf last Friday (June 20) for pupils who have been coached in school by qualified instructors.

Some 32 youngsters who got through their Tower Hamlets primary school heats took part, competing for the Thomson Reuters 'Foils' trophy.

Fencing his way to the top was 11-year-old Aburul Miah, from Poplar's Bygrove Primary school.

Thomson Reuters, the international news and business intelligence agency with its global HQ in East London, teamed up with Reebok and Tower Hamlets council to give kids under 12 a chance to develop skills in the Olympic sport in a programme appropriately called Foils, or Fencing Opportunity for Inner London Schools.

London Legacy 2020 director Peter Welton said: "What's great about this sport is that it's speed and skill that count, rather than pure strength.

"This opens up the fun of competition to youngsters who might not enjoy more traditional sports."

Organisers hope the tournament will develop a long-term interest in fencing in time for the 2012 Olympics.


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