Manchester Cadets

Last weekend three BFC fencers, Jake, Keziah and Theo, set off for Manchester to compete amongst an international field of Under 17s (cadets) from all over the world. In the men’s foil Theo finished 84th and Jake 109th, while in the women’s foil Keziah was 65th.

2013 UK School Games

The Sainsbury’s School Games, a prestigious event for UK under 18 athletes, was held in Sheffield from 12th – 15th September. Four BFC fencers were selected to the N Ireland team, Victoria, Rachel, Callum and Stephen. Victoria and Rachel finished 10th and 11th in the women’s foil individual, while Stephen and Callum were 6th and 9th in the men’s. In the team events the boys won silver and the girls won bronze. Well done all 4.

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BFC fencers at the School Games (ex Stephen) and a view of the fencing venue.

London BSC Junior Foil

Last weekend two BFC cadet (under 17) fencers, Keziah Beattie and Theo Millar travelled to Brunel University in Uxbridge to the first BSC (British Selection Circuit) event of the year. At these events points can be scored to achieve selection to British Junior (U20) and Cadet (U17) teams. Although this was a British Junior competition, both junior and cadet fencers could score points in their respective age groups. Keziah was 12th overall from a field of 45 foillists, and with only 3 U17s finishing ahead of her, was 4th in the cadets. Meanwhile Theo, the only NI fencer in the men’s foil, finished 60th from 88 (cadet position not known yet). Well done both of them.

Summer training

The new season is underway and BFC have helped its fencers hit the ground running – see SoI results below – by staying open all summer, closing only for the first two weeks of July. Three of our top junior fencers added to this preparation with training abroad. Theo travelled to the University of East London for a week long training camp run by top London club Newham Swords, then came straight back to NI to do a second week of training at Grosvenor’s annual training event! Meanwhile Rachel took time out from her holiday in Florida to keep up her training at the Stoccata Fencing Academy in Orlando. Keziah travelled to Hungary with a group of young British fencers to the prestigious annual Solti Fencing Camp: “In the summer I applied for and was granted a place to go with a group from British Fencing to the Solti Training Camp in Szombathely, Hungary for a week. We flew from Heathrow to Vienna and then on by coach to the training camp. There were over 400 fencers from places like Venezuela, Italy, Finland, Egypt and of course Hungary. The age range in my group was 14 to 23. We had two training sessions per day, in the morning and evening. In the training sessions we did fitness, endurance, footwork, technical work and box fencing. I also had one to one sessions with a coach.  I really enjoyed it and would definitely go again.”