Sword fighting club looks to expand in the new year with a 2nds and womens team

Joining a sports team at university has a great number of benefits to it: you may find your hidden talent, enjoy the competitive aspect of it, or want to try something completely different. At UWE, there is a veritable wealth of sports teams available to the whole student body. If combat sports are something you could see yourself doing but don’t necessarily want to be punched in the face, then look no further than the UWE Fencing team.

Fencing is one of the four sports which have been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games. The UWE team competes in all three types of weapon that are used in Olympic fencing (right).

The team has been competing in BUCS Western division 2A for the past 3 years, coming up against universities such as Swansea, Aberystwyth, Bristol 2nds and Plymouth. The 2009/10 campaign proved to be the most successful in UWE’s history. Last season the group came second in the league, and won the division cup, beating Swansea in a dramatic final where they came from behind and snatched victory from the pointy jaws of defeat. An inspired display from Warren Shillingford helped UWE win by 4 points.

Warren was also the standout performer at a universities competition in London during the summer; 4 of the UWE contingent competed, with Warren finishing 3rd in the Foil. On the back of this, the club is now looking at similar events at universities all across Europe.

The aim for the next season is to build on last year’s successes, with the league and cup double being targeted. On top of this, the club is also looking at expansion, wanting to set up a 2nd and a ladies team. If you are already an experienced fencer or a complete novice who fancies some legitimate sword fighting then come along to the UWE Fencing club. Training on Wednesdays at 1pm – 4pm, and Mondays and Saturdays 4pm – 6pm down at St. Matts gym. The first session is completely free; keep your eyes open for introductory ‘girls only’ sessions.