Trip to Poland for Fencer Noah
OG pupil, Noah, recently competed in his first International Fencing Tournament in Wroclaw, Poland. He has kindly written about his time at the event:
“In March I went to Wroclaw to compete in my first International Fencing Tournament. I did compete in my London club’s international tournament in August last year, but it was much smaller. The Poland tournament, called Challenge Wratislavia, is for fencers under 15 and is held in Wroclaw every year. The venue is the Orbita Centre, which includes a large oval-shaped sports hall as well as an ice rink.
There were around 260 fencers in my category, from 37 countries, from Singapore to the USA, Cyprus, India and Malaysia. There is one round of poules (these are groups of 5-6 fencers who all fence each other). The top 2/3rds of the fencers – judged by the most victories, indicator (hits scored minus hits lost), and hit score – then go through into Direct Elimination (DE) rounds. In my poule I won two matches and lost three, but scored enough points to secure a place in the DE rounds. I got through to the second round where I fenced (and lost to) the fencer, Jonathan Dai, who ended up winning the competition. If you get claustrophic, or don’t like noise or screaming coaches, I wouldn’t recommend going, but if you want to see the best youth fencing in Europe, then this is the place to go!
I also had a great time exploring Wroclaw, especially the many statues of dwarves that you can look for around the city. The dwarf became a symbol of resistance to the communist regime and many of them have been added to the city’s squares and pavements since the fall of communism.”
If you want to see the best youth fencing in Europe, then this is the place to go!