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 Success at the Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series

The 1st round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by Grosvenor Grammar School on Saturday 2nd November.

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

  • Ben Sloan 10th
  • Morgan Lavery 8th
  • Paul Verdon 7th

Theo Millar finished in joint 3rd place, winning a bronze medal and Daragh Patterson finished in 2nd place winning a silver medal.

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

  • Michael Thompson 11th
  • Ben Young 10th
  • David Stewart 7th
  • and Aneurin Duffin-Murray finished in 2nd place, winning a silver medal.

In the Under 12 event:

  • Matthew McKay finished in 1st place winning a gold medal.

Well done to all boys involved!  The 2nd round of the competition will take place on Saturday 14th December at RBAI.

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Matthew McKay competing in the final of the Under 12 event.

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Ben Young and David Stewart competing in the first round of the NIJFS.

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Medal winners Aneurin Duffin-Murray (Year 10) and Matthew McKay (Year 8).

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