Willesden fencer picks up silver medal at British Youth Championships
PUBLISHED: 09:00 22 May 2016
Willesden youngster Yasmine Serwah Fosu’s remarkable journey in fencing continues to go from strength to strength, most recently collecting a silver medal at the British Youth Championships.
The 15-year-old, who still harbours hopes of representing Ghana at the Rio Olympics this August – and becoming the first-ever Sub-Saharan African athlete to qualify for the Olympics in this sport – was just one hit away from emerging victorious at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
Nonetheless, Serwah Fosu’s achievements were mightily impressive, considering she got to the final, after a qualifying process which saw 17 regions participate, sending their top four best fencers to the championship.
Speaking to the Times, Serwah Fosu reflected: “I really enjoyed the British Youth Championships in Sheffield and I was pleased with my result of a silver medal, though it was frustrating to miss the gold by one hit!
“It was an exciting final, I just made the tiniest of errors but it cost me – that’s fencing for you!
“To get to the finals having won every bout up to then was really pleasing and gave me a lot of confidence heading into the final.
“Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, but I’ve learned a lot from this experience.”
She continued: ‘I’ve had a good season.
“As well as my British Youth Championship silver medal I won the overall Champion at Arms Gold at the British Public Schools Championships, which is probably the oldest youth tournament in the UK [it has been running for 150 years], and is one of the largest youth tournaments in Europe.
“The Champion at Arms is the top girl in all three weapons, so that shows the progress I have been making, and I won’t stop until I reach the very top in the sport.”
Serwah Fosu’s remarkable rise has not gone unnoticed, with the word continuing to spread afar.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and Ambassador to Ireland, Ambassador Victor Emmanuel Smith, is a big fan of Serwah Fosu.
He said: “The determination of 15-year old Yasmine Serwah Fosu, a British-Ghanaian fencer, who bids to fly Ghana’s flag high at the Olympics this summer, is unparalleled in the history of Ghana sports.
“She is a credit to the sport and her ongoing success will only inspire more youngsters to push themselves and achieve these dreams.”