Matthew McKay (12L and RBAI Fencing Club Captain) qualified and was selected to represent Ireland at both Cadet (Under 17) and Junior (Under 20) Men’s Foil at the World Championships at Verona this Easter. This is the most prestigious event of the International Fencing calendar each year with the top 3 fencers from 68 countries represented in each category.
Fencing for all 3 days of the Foil events, Matthew started his first challenge in the Junior Individual on Saturday. Fencing at a new level, Matthew defeated Argote (VEN) and Jahagirdar (IND) to earn his place in the Direct Elimination tableau – a great achievement at this highest standard of competition. Fighting hard, Matthew was then defeated 15-6 by a Croatian fencer. Final ranking 135/188.
The Cadet Individual was on Sunday and was a tough challenge, with a number of shock eliminations in the first round. Matthew, whilst fighting hard, was unable to repeat his performance of Day 1 and didn’t progress further after the poules.
Monday was the Junior Team event with Matthew fencing as the youngest member of the squad. The unseeded Irish Team drew Serbia in the Direct Elimination and took them to an amazing and nerve wrecking 43-45. This narrow loss for a young and newly formed team is impressive and a strong indicator of future success.
This was undoubtedly a most successful and thoroughly enjoyable 1st World Championship for Matthew.