Young star Porter called up to U17s squad


Harefield Gazette - - SPORT -

ICK­EN­HAM star­let Jas­mine Porter is cel­e­brat­ing af­ter be­ing called up to the Bri­tish U17s foil fenc­ing squad.

The 14-year-old, who at­tends Vyn­ers School, gained good re­sults in New­cas­tle and Hen­don to move into the top 10 of the na­tional rank­ings at the age level.

She will now be fly­ing the flag for the coun­try at the next Euro­pean U17 event to be held in Bratislava, Slo­vakia, later this month.

Porter said: “It has been a great hon­our to rep­re­sent Eng­land at U15 level for the last two years and I am re­ally pleased that now I have been able to move up a level to be in­vited to rep­re­sent my coun­try at such a pres­ti­gious event.

“I could not have done this with­out the fan­tas­tic coach­ing that I have been get­ting at Three Rivers Young Blades in Rick­mansworth and es­pe­cially from my coach, for­mer Bri­tish se­nior cham­pion Dom­inque Szokolovics at Fencers Club, Lon­don, who has been a great role model for me as well as pro­vid­ing en­cour­age­ment when things have not been go­ing so well!”

She added: “I am also so grate­ful to the sup­port that Vyn­ers School have given me to pur­sue my fenc­ing goals.”

Porter’s coach­ing team will now be work­ing with her to pre­pare her for the event in Bratislava, which will fea­ture the best of youth fencers from all over Europe.

n EN GARDE: Jas­mine Porter in ac­tion

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