Four gold medals for Earby fencing stars

Earby fencing sisters Lexie (9) and Lucy-Belle (11) Williamson have each won the Yorkshire Youth Fencing Championships and prestigious national Leon Paul Fencing Tournament for 2014 in their respective age groups. (S)
Earby fencing sisters Lexie (9) and Lucy-Belle (11) Williamson have each won the Yorkshire Youth Fencing Championships and prestigious national Leon Paul Fencing Tournament for 2014 in their respective age groups. (S)
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Successful Earby fencing stars the Williamson sisters have taken the title of “Yorkshire Youth Champion” by winning gold at the Youth Fencing Championships.

The weekend’s success comes right on the heels of Lucy-Belle (11) and Lexie (9) Williamson each winning the prestigious national Leon Paul Fencing Tournament for 2014 in their age groups.

After seeing Lucy-Belle win medal after medal and become the current British Youth Champion in Épée, Sabre and silver medallist in Foil, Lexie is now fighting for recognition in her own right.

She picked up medals with aplomb at every stage of the 2014 tournament, battling it out three times in London as well as in Edinburgh, Durham, Nottingham, Cardiff and Wrexham.

Ian Williamson, the sister’s father and coach at Skipton Fencing Club, said: “Lexie has always fenced in Lucy-Belle’s shadow and has watched has her older sister achieved amazing success over the past three years.

“In many ways, Lexie has had to battle with her opponents and her sister’s reputation but in this last season Lexie shrugged of the feeling of being less able and trained with a passion to achieve results that are on par with Lucy-Belle’s two years ago.

“The whole family is incredibly proud of Lexie, she has certainly surprised us and we are quite excited to see what she does next.”

The Williamson sisters have displayed remarkable levels of concentration, strength, agility and speed as well as tactical and technical ability to succeed.

While they fight in different age categories and find they are able to support, encourage and motivate each other to achieve, Ian says there’s a very real chance the sisters will be facing up to each other in competition in the near future.

He added: “I expect that day will come and probably sooner that the girls realise.

“In fact, this year’s English Youth Championships will see them in the same category and Lucy-Belle has her sights set on medals again.

“The better both girls do, the more likely they will face each other and I guess I will just have to wish them both well, stand back and watch as the fight unfolds.”

Both girls, who are pupils at St Michael and All Angels Primary school in Foulridge, will travel to Poland this weekend to fence in the International Children’s Fencing Tournament.