Dmitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, congratulates Lizzie Powell (left) and Mhairi McLauglin on selection at the recent Great Britain Talent Camp.

By Liam Moakes

WYTHALL fencer Lizzie Powell is among the British athletes preparing to compete in the U23 European Championships which start in Armenia tomorrow (Saturday).

She is one of a trio who have been backed to attend the event through a donation from Imperium Investments to the British Fencing Charity.

Powell, 22, who is trained by coach John Rees, will be representing GB in the women’s epee event and is hugely excited at the prospect of competing in Armenia’s capital city Yerevan.

“I am delighted to have been selected to represent GB in Armenia. This will be the second time I have competed at this event and I am looking forward to the opportunity to fence against other athletes from all over Europe and to improving my international ranking,” said Powell.

“I am very grateful to Imperium Investments for the support they are giving me, as their contribution makes a huge difference to my ability to compete for my country.”

British Fencing CEO Georgina Usher said: “On behalf of British Fencing I would like to wish the athletes the best of luck in the championships.

“I’d also like to thank Imperium Investments for the support they have provided through the BF Charity to support our team. As an unfunded performance sport, donations like these are critical to help our athletes as they seek to represent GB at the highest level.”

Dmitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments, added: “I’m a big supporter of the sport of fencing and wanted to support the British national team. Good luck to Lizzie, I’m sure she will do the country proud.”