30 Thursday 30th June 2016
Meet Rajan Rai and Jai Birch – two young fencers from Newham, East London, with aspirations of truly Olympic proportions.
Growing up in the capital, the pair grew up around alcoholism, drug use and gang culture, but found a healthy channel for their own energies at the local fencing club. “I know that if I wasn’t as involved with fencing then I know I’d probably be in a similar situation,” Jai reflects.
Now in their early 20s, they have risen to become British champions – and are now training relentlessly to make their mark at the 2020 Olympics.
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