Swansea University fencing club is soon to be up and running for the 2011/12 season, with high hopes for further improvements following a year which brought great successes last time out.
Despite a certain amount of changes to the club, a very high standard of performance was achieved in the 2010/11 season both in men’s and women’s fencing, as well as in individual areas.
The men’s team went on to win their highest amount of league matches since 2004 and the women’s side battled the persistent issue of a depleted number of team members in order to remain an extremely competitive unit.
There was also an abundance of success at individual level as members of the club won bronze medals int he prestigious Welsh closed and Munch Wenlock Olympics competitions, as well as showing great ability and commitment during the Bucs individual tournament.
Although this year was undoubtedly a largely successful year, changes have been made to the structure of the club for coming years.
Competition this year will also include entry into a newly-formed league which combines Swansea University’s division with the division above.
It will include matches against former University Premier League side Bath, meaning that Swansea’s fencers will be able to challenge themselves against some of the most-skilled fencers in the country.
Club president Sion Carpenter said in addition to this exciting development, the club has ambitions to “win a medal or two” in the Welsh Universities competition.
He also wants to have fencers competing the “last 16 in each weapon” of the Bucs individuals tournament, and ultimately he is hoping to send a team to the International Universities competition in France in early 2012 to represent Great Britain.
The annual Varsity match against Cardiff is also high on the priority list.
“Obviously we want to win that one!,” said Carpenter.
It was also confirmed that joining this year were two Welsh national squad.
That adds to the current club member who is ranked inside the UK top 50.
It is hoped that this added skill and experience, along with a projected increase in numbers and coaching personnel, will lead to “more accessible and a wider variety” of socials.
But most importantly, it is hoped the new structure and competitiveness of the side will bring a new level of quality, commitment and enjoyment to Swansea University fencing club.