Reya has secured the prestigious opportunity to represent Great Britain in fencing at the upcoming European Cadet & Junior Championships in Naples, Italy, scheduled for February.
Reya also received news last weekend about her selection to the England team for the 2024 Cadet & Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championships. This prestigious competition is set to take place in Christchurch, New Zealand, in July. The prospect of competing on the international stage in both Europe and the Southern Hemisphere is a remarkable feat.
The exciting news doesn’t end there – There’s a pending announcement this week to determine if Reya will be selected to represent Great Britain at the FIE World Championships in Saudi Arabia. The excitement and pride surrounding Reya’s fencing journey continues to grow, promising a thrilling and successful year ahead.
We Recently caught up with year 12 student Reya Farlam on her recent selection for team GB and England:
How does it feel to have been selected for the GB fencing team, and what does this achievement mean to you?
It feels amazing to be selected for Team GB because it means all the training and competitions I have competed in that have led up to the selection process have paid off. I can’t wait to go to Italy and compete!
What motivates you to excel in fencing, and how do you balance your passion for the sport with your academic commitments?
Balancing school and training can be difficult. I always try to make sure to have a day of recovery and focus on my school work.
At RMS the teachers are always very understanding; they make sure to check up on me if I need to get caught up on work and offer to help me if I need it.
Also, at sixth form, having the free and more flexible time helps a lot with the workload.
What advice would you give to fellow students aspiring to achieve success in their chosen sports or extracurricular activities?
The advice that I would give is enjoy yourself and love what you are doing. A big part of fencing for me is the community and I have made so many great friendships through it!
What are your aspirations and goals for the future in your fencing journey?
Looking forward, I aim to be selected for GB again to compete at the European Championships. As well as, in the long run, make it to the Olympics!
These incredible accomplishments is a testament to her dedication and hard work throughout the season, and we couldn’t be prouder of her.