One of John Lyon’s most elite sports stars will once again head to competition in Europe as he continues on his path to Commonwealth selection.
Year 10 Casey Jones, currently the Welsh National Épée champion and UK’s number 1 ranked fencer for his age group, will be part of the British Fencing Under 18 squad for the European Cadet Circuit Belgrade Open in Serbia later this month.
The two-day event, will see Casey join the squad of 40 talented young fencers for the competition. While there he will compete in the Épée singles competition, in which he will be up against fencers from France, Greece, Hungary, Cyprus, Turkey, Switzerland and Qatar.
At just 14, Casey will be one of the youngest in the draw for the tournament, which will be quickly followed by another competition in Heidenheim, Germany, a week later, and then competitions in France and Denmark in November and December. This comes on top of his recent reselection for the Welsh national squad. As part of his recent training, Casey also acted as a sparring partner for London-based Japanese wheelchair fencer, Anri Sukurai, ahead of her participation in the Paralympic Games.
The latest squad selections and competition experience will go a long way in Casey reaching his target of being on the plane for the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships in India next year, something that is now well within reach for the committed teenager.
Whilst fencing is not a sport taught within the School, everyone at John Lyon is hugely supportive of his sporting goals, working to fit them around his schoolwork and other interests, such as his membership of the Hillingdon Youth Council, which helps to provide a voice for people who live, study and work in the Borough.
Congratulating Casey, John Lyon Director of Sport Mr Shane Cloete, said: “Congratulations on your selection for the Great Britain U18 fencing squad. This is definitely down to your commitment and efforts with all your training and your dedication to your sport. Keep it going. We as a department and School are proud of you and know that you will continue to develop and improve.
Casey said: “Thank you so much for your support, and believing in me, as it encourages me to work even harder, and strive for my ultimate goal.”