On Sunday 24th November, the University of Plymouth Fencing Club joined fencers from the South West across all three weapons to take part in poules of individual matches and then team matches.
Hannah Campbell, the University of Plymouth Women's Fencing Team Captain, competed in Epée. The individual poules were tough and a fire alarm delayed matches but this was an unexpected chance for some fresh air. Hannah had many close matches and finished 13th in the individuals.
Next the team competition where fencers are split between two poules to ensure one top ranked fencer is paired with a fencing on the bottom half of the rankings. Hannah was paired with Seb, an experienced fencer who supported and encouraged throughout. They won all their matches competing against 8 teams!
The final match was tense ending in 20-19 to Seb and Hannah securing their win for the competition.
Hannah Campbell, University of Plymouth Women's Fencing Team Captain said:
"It was an amazing competition with everyone very supportive. A huge thank you the Devon Fencing Association for organising the event and a huge thank you to all the fencers that took part who made the event so welcoming and supportive."
This meant a lot to Hannah as this was her first ever win at a competition and means a lot to the Fencing Club and her objective to support women’s fencing and the value of justifying a BUCS team for next year (currently non-BUCS). This win has provided brilliant motivation and inspiration to fellow female fencers and great highlight prior to the first women’s fencing fixture away at Cardiff today (Wednesday 27th November).
Fencing is a competitive and fast-growing sport, which uses not only strategy and skill but creativity to outwit and outsmart your opponent. The University of Plymouth Fencing Club it doesn't matter if you've been fencing for years or just wanting to try out a new sport you will be welcomed into the club and given the opportunities to learn/improve your fencing.
The club trains every Friday at the Davy Main Hall from 6 - 8pm. Find out more about how to get involved with fencing on their club page and on social media. Facebook // Twitter // Instagram