Allez! Wicklow’s En Garde fencing club travel to Hungary for first international tournament
Wicklow’s En Garde Fencing club travelled to Hungary recently for their first ever international competition.
It was also the first time an Irish time had ever entered the prestigious Olimpici Fencing Tournament in Budapest which saw teams from across Europe including England, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Switzerland and Germany all take part.
Representing the En Garde club were Tasiana Griffin English (13), Kim Colgan (12), Sophie Galligan (11), Eliiot Wright (10), Levi Griffin English (11) and Emer Rowe (10).
The 14-year-old competition is considered to be one the toughest as it attracts the best youth talent from across Europe.
Coach Piri Keresztes, said she was incredibly proud of how the team coped with the massive step up in class from the Irish competitions.
“This was an amazing chance for the kids to see what the standards are like at the big international competitions,” she said.
“In Eastern Europe it is not unusual for the kids to train three hours every day and compete at the weekends. Our team managed to win some of their matches which is a fantastic first step for the future.”
The club which trains in the Educate Together school in Greystones and St Laurence’s in Roundwood started just two years ago.
The club is planning to host a free trial day for both adults and children aged 8 and above in Educate Together at 3pm on February 29.
For more information you can find them on Facebook- En Garde Fencing Club or contact Piri on 089 2039210.
Pictured: Levi Griffin English, Sophie Galligan, Tasiana Griffin English, Piri Keresztes, Kim Colgan, Emer Rowe and Elliot Wright