In January, the Hungarian Savate Federation welcomed over 130 fighters from across Europe to the VII. Budapest Savate Open. Junior, cadet and senior fighters from 11 countries – including Finland, Greece, Great Britain and Serbia – gathered in the Hungarian capital’s Beast Arena for a day of 100+ tournament bouts to truly kick off 2019 in style.
Eight fighters from London Savate – Caroline Nguyen (F56), Ally Sinyard (F56), Delphine Fremondeau (F65), Boriana Bounardjieva (F75+), George Bushaway (M56), Christophe Buriller (M65), Muya Mahamat (M80) and James Southwood (M80) – proved that our very own capital city is a force to be reckoned with.
Demonstrating the passion, determination, sportsmanship and technical skill they’re garnering a reputation for, London Savate boxed its way to six gold medals and a bronze. Sinyard, Fremondeau, Bounardjieva, Bushaway, Buriller and Southwood were victors in their categories, with Mahamat spinning his way to a bronze medal in the men’s -80kg.
Narrowly missing out on the bronze, Nguyen nevertheless excelled herself, fighting with the heart, fire and warrior spirit that makes her one of the most exciting prospects in the club.
“I’m incredibly proud of what London Savate achieved in Budapest,” said Ally Sinyard, still beaming from her first international tournament gold. “Most of us are happy enough to just get through January without crying or quitting our jobs, but the hard work and dedication put in by the team over the Christmas period certainly paid off. I think it’s fair to say we dominated the senior categories – six golds and a bronze is just outstanding!”
Thanks to Viktor Lovászi and the Hungarian Savate Federation for an unforgettable event!