Turnbull wins silver in Under 20’s Fencing Championships

Kent College student Isabel Turnbull has picked up two silver medals in the 2015 Commonwealth Under 20s Fencing Championships in Capetown, South Africa.

Turnbull, 17, spent ten days at the tournament, where a succession of victories saw her reach the final of the competition and bring home a silver medal, alongside the silver also won by the England national team.

The MX fencing club member has been fencing since the age of nine and has a wealth of experience, having previously competed last year in the European and World Championships and the British under 20s Championships.

Turnbull started the tournament strongly; winning her first five games including a 5-1 win over the top seeded South African at the event. This led to her being ranked first going into the knockout stages. From there, she confidently dispatched the top two Australian seeds 15-3 and 15-8 in the last sixteen and quarter finals respectively.

In the semi-finals, Turnbull faced off against an old opponent from Scotland, and after a tense affair emerged victorious 15-12.

The England national team also won the silver medal after slipping to defeat to Scotland in a hotly contested encounter.

Speaking about the tournament, Turnbull commented: “What an amazing experience! It was worth every second of hard work.”

Turnbull’s coach, Phil Sheppard-Foster, who also coaches a lunchtime Beginners Fencing Club at Kent College, was also full of praise for her pupil: “She’s worked really hard and she’s really deserved it. If she keeps working hard she could do great things,” he said.

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