Willesden’s Yasmine Fosu continues to bound up the fencing ladder

PUBLISHED: 07:15 01 April 2017 | UPDATED: 15:53 03 April 2017

Brent's Yasmine Fosu picked up a gold, silver and bronze at the African Fencing Championships

Brent's Yasmine Fosu picked up a gold, silver and bronze at the African Fencing Championships


A schoolgirl from Brent continues to make huge strides in the world of fencing.

Willesden’s Yasmine Fosu, who has Ghanaian roots, has just returned from Ivory Coast where she was competing in the African Championships.

And she came away as the most successful athlete at the event from any nation, after winning gold, silver and bronze medals in two different age groups with two different weapons.

Her gold in the Cadet Epee category saw her defeat Tunisia’s Feryel Ziden, and in doing so she became the first sub-Sahara athlete ever to win the top gong at the Championship.

She got her silver in the Cadet Foil category with the bronze in the Junior Epee.

At 16-year-old she was also the youngest medal winner.

The week before her departure for Ivory Coast, she was the captain for her school team in two weapons at the Brisish Schools Teams Championships as they picked up two silvers and a bronze in three weapons.

She has applied to universities in the USA a year early and will have a busy summer training for next season which is critical for her campaign to participate at the Junior African games and qualify for the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in 2018.

She has also just been nominated for Future of Ghana 30 Under 30 Pioneer award and is their youngest nominee.

She said: “It was really amazing to win in the Championships, only made better by it falling on International Women’s Day and the 60th Anniversary of Ghana’s Independence.

“I always feel blessed to represent my country and to do so and to be the most decorated athlete at the Championships was a great feeling.

“As for 2017, I’m going to continue to train towards the African Youth Games, Commonwealth Games, and Youth Olympics all of which fall in 2018.

“As well as applying to universities, I’m going to be juggling a lot.”

Her successes have not gone unoticed and has caught the eye of Lord Paul Boateng of Akeym and Wembley.

He said: “This young British Ghanaian’s success in a competitive field, in which Ghana has never before been represented at this level, constitutes an inspiring breakthrough in an elite sport and a wonderful 60th Birthday present for Ghana.

“As we say in Ghana ‘ayeeko Yasmine’. Well done.”

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