Fencing

The Fencing Club is held on Wednesday afternoons from 3.25pm to 5.00pm in the gym.  Boys from any year group are welcome to attend.  The club is coached by Katie Arup who is a past Olympian from the British Olympic Fencing Team.  Many fencers compete in the N.I. Junior Foil Series which consists of 5 rounds held over the months from November to April.  This year, in the Under 12 age category Matthew McKay finished in 1st place overall and therefore is the Under 12 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 14 age category Aneurin Duffin- Murray also finished in 1st place and so is the Under 14 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 16 age category Daragh Patterson finished in 3rd place and Theo Millar finished in 1st place, meaning that he is the Under 16 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  Matthew, Aneurin, Daragh, Theo and Paul Verdon all qualified for the British Youth Championships which were held in Sheffield in May.  Fencers in Year 9 and above can enter the Public Schools Fencing Championships which are held each year at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

Fencing: Elite Fencing squad gets the go-ahead

thumbMembers of the elite fencing squad with coach Katie absent - Paul VerdonWe are delighted that we have approval for the formation of a new elite fencing squad. The selected fencers are to have the opportunity to train during their Games period on Wednesday afternoons. Olympic competitor and fencing coach Katie Arup declared, “This is great news for the top fencers at RBAI. It gives them and me, as their coach, the freedom to focus on the technique that is required at the higher level of competition that these boys are now facing.”

Fencing Success

Theo Millar (Year 11) has been selected for the UK School Games Men’s Foil Team.  This means he will be part of the Northern Ireland team travelling to Manchester in September.  Being an under 18 event, this is a particularly great achievement seeing as Theo is only 15.  Well done!

Theo Millar Year 11

Theo Millar

Fencing Club: NIJFS Round 5

The final round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was held at St Columbanus’ College on Saturday 12th April.

In the Under 12 event:

  • Noah Brown finished in 6th place; 
  • Rowan Luney finished in 5th place;
  • Matthew McKay finished in 2nd place, winning a silver medal.

In the Under 14 event the final results were as follows:

  • Michael Thompson 9th;
  • Ben Young 8th;
  • David Stewart 6th;
  • and Aneurin Duffin-Murray finished in 1st place, winning the gold medal.

In the Under 16 event Daragh Patterson finished in joint 3rd place, winning a bronze medal and Theo Millar finished in 1st place winning the gold medal.

The Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series consists of 5 rounds over a number of months and the overall top 3 winners of the series were also announced.  In the Under 12 age category Matthew McKay finished in 1st place and so is the Under 12 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 14 age category Aneurin Duffin- Murray also finished in 1st place and so is the Under 14 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  Finally, in the Under 16 age category Daragh Patterson finished in 3rd place and Theo Millar finished in 1st place, meaning that he is the Under 16 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.

This is a tremendous achievement for Matthew, Aneurin and Theo! Well done to all boys involved on a very successful fencing season!

Aneurin Duffin-Murray competing in the final round of the competition

Aneurin Duffin-Murray competing in the final round of the competition

Aneurin Duffin-Murray far right is the Under 14 NIJFS Champion

Aneurin Duffin-Murray far right is the Under 14 NIJFS Champion

Daragh Patterson and Theo Millar came 3rd and 1st respectively in the NIJFS 2013 - 2014

Daragh Patterson and Theo Millar came 3rd and 1st respectively in the NIJFS 2013 - 2014

Matthew McKay far right is the Under 12 NIJFS champion

Matthew McKay (far right) is the Under 12 NIJFS champion

Fencing: Public Schools’ Fencing Championships

Congratulations to the fencers who competed at the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London just before the Easter break. 

On Tuesday 18th March, eight pupils along with Miss Lamrock and fencing coach Katie Arup set off to London for the three day school trip.  On the first day the RBAI party had some time to shop in Covent Gardens before meeting up with former pupil/fencing coach Christy Davis for dinner.  Christy is in his final year of studies at Oxford University so it was very good of him to take time out to meet up with the boys!  The next day began with an early train ride to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships.

In the Junior Foil event Paul Verdon and Theo Millar finished in the top 25 and Daragh Patterson finished in 9th place (out of 130 competitors in this category). 

Furthermore; Ben Sloan, David Stewart, Michael Thompson and Ben Young were all reasonably well placed in the face of very strong competition from many of the large English school clubs.

Well done to all boys involved! 

David Stewart competing in the first poule

David Stewart competing in the first poule

Fencers at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Fencers at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Public Schools Fencing Championships

Public Schools Fencing Championships

Theo Millar competing at the PSFC

Theo Millar competing at the PSFC

Fencing Club: NIJFS Round 4

The 4th round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by Hunterhouse College on Saturday 8th March. 

In the Under 12 event:

  • Rowan Luney finished in 5th place;
  • Noah Brown finished in 6th place;  
  • Matthew McKay finished in 1st place, winning the gold medal.

In the Under 14 event the final results were as follows:

  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 11th;
  • Michael Thompson 8th;
  • David Stewart 5th;
  • Ben Young finished in joint 3rd place, winning a bronze medal and
  • Aneurin Duffin-Murray finished in 1st place, winning the gold medal.

In the Under 16 event the final results were as follows:

  • Morgan Lavery 7th;
  • Ben Sloan 6th;
  • Daragh Patterson and Paul Verdon finished in joint 3rd place, both winning bronze medals and
  • Theo Millar finished in 1st place winning the gold medal.

Well done to all boys involved on their excellent results and the clean sweep of gold medals!  The final round of the NIJFS will be held at St Columbanus College, Bangor on Saturday 12th April.

Nkosinathi Khumalo competing in the direct elimation round

Nkosinathi Khumalo competing in the direct elimation round

Theo Millar and Paul Verdon competing in the semi-final of the Under 16 event

Theo Millar and Paul Verdon competing in the semi-final of the Under 16 event

Under 12 event medal winners - Matthew McKay far right

Under 12 event medal winners - Matthew McKay far right

Under 14 event medal winners - Aneurin Duffin-Murray far left and Ben Young far right

Under 14 event medal winners - Aneurin Duffin-Murray far left and Ben Young far right

Under 16 event medal winners - Theo Millar far left Paul Verdon 2nd from right and Daragh Patterson far right

Under 16 event medal winners - Theo Millar far left Paul Verdon 2nd from right and Daragh Patterson far right

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