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Talented student fencer Alex strikes gold at School Games.

Byline: DAVID WHINYATES Special Correspondent

A GIFTED fencer, currently studying at The Sixth Form College, Solihull, has won two gold medals in the 2017 School Games at Loughborough University.

Alexandra Powell, aged 17, from Hollywood, represented England in the competition in the Junior age group and fought her way through the poules in the first round, before moving into the direct elimination stage. Before reaching the final, she came up against two Northern Irish fencers and a Welsh fencer.

She reached the final, where she met her England team-mate Laura Sheffield, who is considered one of the top fencers in Europe with a bronze medal to her name from the European Under 17 Championships this season.

Alex controlled the fight from beginning to end and her performance was described as a "masterful display of really disciplined and tactical fencing."

Alex won the final 15-10 and was awarded the gold medal.

She followed this up with gold in the England epee mixed team competition and was asked by the England team manager to collect the overall trophy on behalf of her country.

Alexandra said: "It was great to be part of such a prestigious tournament and I'm really pleased with how it went.

"I had some difficult fights, but I'm pleased with my performance and happy to have been part of the epee team that won gold too. I hope I can build on this at the upcoming World Cup."

Alexandra has been fencing since she was eight and has represented England at under-15 level and Great Britain at Under-17 level previously.

The ex-Woodrush High School student fences for several clubs, including Kenilworth Sword, Malvern Hills and Birmingham Fencing and she occasionally even travels down to London so she can train at the highest standard possible and stretch herself.

Alexandra represented England Under-15s at an international in Poland when she was just 14 years-old. She came 16th out of 150 fencers at that tournament.

Since then, she has been selected to represent Great Britain in Germany, Slovakia, Denmark, France, Austria and Luxembourg for the Cadet Under-17 team.

She is going to Laupheim in Germany to represent Great Britain for her first Junior (under-20) World Cup, despite only being 17. This is one of a series of competitions which take place across the world in the build-up to the European and World Championships next year.

Alexandra is currently juggling her fencing training with her A-level studies in physical education, psychology and law.

After college she plans to take a gap year to concentrate on fencing training and competing.

Possible career paths she is considering include public services such as the police, ambulance or fire service. |Alexandra's success is featured on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7V1QOWDB_7s. The beginning of the fight starts three hours into this video.

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