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19 May 2010 / THS Fencing Champion Ranked 4th In The UK

Teresa, 15, came third overall in the under 16 girls sabre category of the competition held in Sheffield at the beginning of this month.

She won all five of her fights in the opening rounds, won the first two fights in the eliminator round, but eventually lost against the number one seed, Aliya Itzkowitz. It was the closest result Aliya had faced throughout the competition, which she went on to win overall.

Teresa's third place improved her ranking, which means she has qualified for the UK Schools Games due to take place in Newcastle in September.

To prepare for this prestigious event Teresa will continue training three times a week with her coaches at Truro Fencing Club as well as attending intensive training camps in Truro, Nottingham and Budapest during the school summer holidays.

Teresa, whose family home is in Llandovery, South Wales, is a boarder at Truro High School, which means she travels to and from competitions with other club members, not her parents.

"What I really like, is that whoever is on duty at the school boarding house on a competition day they always wait up to greet me and ask how I've done when I get back, whatever the time - and once it was two o'clock in the morning!" said Teresa.

Her mum, Maria, added: "Teresa could not balance her school and fencing life without the support and assistance she receives from all the staff at Truro High, we really do appreciate it. We were so pleased for Teresa to get this great result at the end of a very long fencing season. Teresa is now very much looking forward to her August training camps and the UKSG event in Newcastle in September."

Headmistress, Caroline Pascoe said: "We're delighted to have Teresa as a pupil and extremely proud of her fencing success. Providing that extra bit of support and interest in loco-parentis is the least we can do and very much a part of this school's ethos."

Teresa said she was really pleased to have achieved her fourth ranking as it takes her one step closer to her ambition of being selected for the world and European championships in 2011.

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