RBAI Fencing Update

FencingFencing Report December 2017

It has been a busy 4 months since the start of term. The renovations in the large gym area have given the Fencing Club a fantastic new kit cupboard for all our electrical scoring apparatus and foils which meant a tidy and organised boost to kick start the year.

We always have a large number of beginners who try fencing at the start of the year. Fencing is not quick to learn. It requires dedication and real focus of mind to master the techniques required. It is also daunting to find yourself being attacked by a fellow fencer with a sword in his hand! Bravery and being ready to defend yourself as well as fitness and strength all come in to play when you are on the piste. This long term approach to success means that not all boys take to the sport but 4 months into the school year, we now have a core of 8-12 new fencers who have all worked really hard and as a consequence, are now ready for their first competition this coming weekend. It has taken regular attendance and concentration to reach this point and we wish them luck as they face the challenge of fighting in a tournament.

Within the elite group from yr11 upwards, Matthew McKay and Michael Thompson who have both declared for Ireland and are on the Irish National Fencing Squad. Both boys have already been competing Internationally for the Irish Team this year; Matthew in the Cadet (u17) category has travelled to 2 International World Cup events. The first in Manchester back in October, where he reached the last 32 (a great result which qualifies him to be selected for both the European and the World Championships later this season), as well as Halle, in Germany; Michael Thompson in the Junior (u20) category has travelled to London for his first World Cup event and plans to travel to Udine, Italy later in the season. Good luck to both boys.

Well done to James Kavanagh-Cranston yr13 and Rowan Luney yr12 who have both been competing in Senior home competitions in Derry and Dublin. And to Donal OBrien who entered his first senior event last month. Rowan also won a bronze medal at the first NI Junior Foil event at Grosvenor school in November. Both boys continue to improve and train hard which will pay off during the rest of this busy fencing season.

Our Fencing Club Captain, Matthew McKay was proud to attend the Captains Lunch with Miss Williamson and all the other club captains from the school in November.

Katie Arup

RBAI Fencing Coach