The upcoming annual Student 5 Nations competition will be held in England this year. The competition will take place in Birmingham, at the Nechell’s Community Sports Centre this coming Saturday, June 22nd 2013.
Each year the best student fencers from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete for the right to claim to have the best student fencers. The event differs from other international events in that fencers are eligible to represent either their country of origin, or the country in which they study.
This year, 8 Trinity fencers have been chosen to represent Ireland in this competition, with 7 of these 8 fencers able to participate. In addition, another Trinity fencer, Ciara O’Connor, is taking part in the competition as part of the Northern Ireland team. This is a great testament to the hard work and strong ability of Trinity’s fencing club DUFC, who were this year’s Inter-Varsity champions for the 6th consecutive year. Hopefully our fencers can emulate their IV-winning form for their nation this weekend. Furthermore, ex DUFC fencer and current UCD fencer Jenny Jennings has also made the team.
DUFC Alumni Officer Jack McHugh is a veteran of the competition having competed previously. His experience at such a level will prove essential to many of the team’s fencers who haven’t competed at such a level before.
Congratulations to each fencer on their selection, and we wish them the best of luck. Below is the Irish fencing team in full. Go n-éirí an t-ádh libh, a chairde
Ireland Fencing Team:
Men’s Épée: Niall O’Brien, Mathew Tracey, Paris Kai, Ronan Quinn
Women’s Épée: Emily Greenan, Clodagh McCarthy Luddy, Aoife O’Mahony
Men’s Sabre: Jack McHugh, Tadhg Garton, Aidan Clarke
Women’s Sabre: Erin Barclay, Alex Lolies, Maddie Siegmund, Sarah Goslin
Men’s Foil: John Wyatt, Max Milner, Kevin Maher, Rory Hayes
Women’s Foil: Olivia Flynn, Shona Carey, Fiadhnait McDonough, Jenny Jennings