BY EVENING STANDARD
The spirited, competitive nature of sport has a lot to teach children – and that’s why former champion fencer Dmitry Leus and Imperium Investments are sponsoring The Imperium Fencing Trophy
At first glance, sport might appear to be only concerned with the polar opposite notions of winning and losing. And while that might be the case at the elite level of professional sport, there’s certainly more to it when it comes to sporting activities for young people.
Playing sport can teach children a number of important life lessons. From the importance of practice, dedication and self-reliance to fair competition, teamwork and the forging of friendships, sport can impact young people’s lives in a number of positive ways.
The significance of learning and appreciating these values are among the reasons why Dmitry Leus, CEO of wealth management experts Imperium Investments, is involved in the promotion of fencing for children in London and across Britain.
“We believe that sport can play a transformative role in a person’s life,” he explains. “It is not only about excelling at the sport itself. There are also tremendous life skills to be gained from dedicated training and the experience of competition. We are delighted to play a role in bringing the sport to local children and give them more opportunities for personal development in professional sport or just for fun.”
Commitment to fencing
Before making Britain his home, the Turkmenistan-born Leus was an avid fencer himself. He took up the sport aged 12, and within five years he was a European champion. Imperium Investments’ commitment to popularising fencing in Britain has now extended to establishing the inaugural Imperium Fencing Trophy, a junior British-European epee fencing competition.
Following April’s City of London Cup stage, where more than 180 London school children from fencing clubs across the capital took part, a National British Cup competition will be held in September. The Imperium Fencing Trophy will culminate with the European Cup in November. By the end of the year, the best junior fencers at Under 9, U11, U13 and U15 levels among British and European fencing clubs will have been determined.
Fair competition and responsibility
“The development of children’s sports is an important contribution to the future for all of us,” Leus says, “and this is why we at Imperium Investments focus some of our charitable efforts in this direction.”
By making the sport of fencing more attractive and accessible for children across communities in the UK, Leus is demonstrating traits that he believes underpin Imperium Investments – in particular the spirit of fair competition and responsibility.
Source Evening Standard
Harrison Nichols and Dmitry Leus (PRNewsfoto/British Fencing)
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British Fencing has announced that Imperium Investments have awarded British fencer Harrison Nichols a grant to support his training.
Dmitry Leus, founder and CEO of Imperium Investments said: “I am very excited to be able to support a young epee fencer as he prepares to enter the Senior International circuit.
To be successful in Senior international competition fencers must dedicate themselves to many aspects and hours of training and development. I am proud to be able to support the next generation of British talent in this way. I wish Harrison the best of luck for the upcoming Senior European Championships.”
Harrison Nichols said, ‘I am extremely grateful for this funding I have received. This support will allow me to train and compete to the best of my ability and will help me achieve the ambitious goals I have set for myself.
The upcoming European Senior Championships is a fantastic opportunity for me to compete and test myself at the highest level in the Senior Circuit.
The stress of finding funds to support next season’s training has now been greatly alleviated and it will allow me to focus completely at the task at hand. In terms of the future, I look forward to the challenge of breaking into the Senior International Circuit next season.’
Georgina Usher, chief executive office of British Fencing, commented: “Success on the World stage is predicated on a significant amount of hard work and training.
This support gives Harrison and his coach the ability to create a realistic long term training plan with the confidence that financial support to follow it is in place.
On behalf of British Fencing I would like to thank Imperium Investments and wish Harrison and the rest of the GBR team the best of luck in the upcoming Senior European Championships.
As an unfunded performance sport, grants 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, 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.”