Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Belfast/UUJ to host world fencing championships

At first I thought it was yet another story about tribalism and Belfast's ever-lengthening peace walls.

"Belfast to host fencing world championships"
2009 World Fencing Championship logo

But no, it's a lot more positive than that.

The story is about the city hosting the Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships in April.

The "athletes from 85 countries across the globe go head to head" (more like spike to spike) "in individual and team competitions in both the men's and women's Foil, Epee and Sabre weapons", all taking place at the University of Ulster's recently upgraded sporting facilities out at Jordanstown that were opened by Lord Coe back in November.

Entry is free to spectate at the competition events that will run from Sunday 5-Monday 13 April out at Jordanstown. The programme is available, though no start/finish times yet.

DCAL Minister Gregory Campbell alongside a furry animal at the launch of the 2009 World Fencing Championships

You're also free to dream up suitable captions for the picture of DCAL Minister Gregory Campbell that UU used to illustrate their press release, or to generate puns to describe the event and point them out to me in the comments below!

Update - You can follow the championship and look back at the competition on their blog.


Libby Payne said...

Blow-by-blow action available on www.worldfencing2009.blogspot.com ... or should that be hit-by-hit??

Alan in Belfast said...

Libby - thanks for the link - sounds like you had a busy week!