Three Millfield students have been selected by British Fencing to represent Great Britain in the U17 European Cadets Circuit. Sabrina Jones (Lower Sixth), Haleena Callaghan and Maisie Everett (both Year 11) will travel to Heidenham, Germany and Belgrade, Serbia to compete later this month.
Qualifiers must be ranked amongst the top 20 in Great Britain, which demands consistently successful performances throughout the year; Sabrina is ranked 8th, Maisie 15th and Heleena 17th.
Maisie said, “Millfield gives me the opportunity to take part in quality training as part of my school day, and to train with high standard fencers. I love fencing as it’s unique, and no fight is ever the same. I can’t wait for the competition”.
It will be the first international fencing debut for the students and the first major competition since travel restrictions have eased. During the remote learning period, the students continued their training programme at home and engaged closely with the online sessions conducted by the Millfield fencing team to maintain their skills.
Mike Cleary, The Director of Fencing said, “The students returned to competition after a long time off with fantastic enthusiasm, focus on progress development and a great squad mentality. It is fantastic to see their hard work and commitment pay off and I am looking forward to watching their next steps”.
Millfield is proud to be the only school in the UK to offer training in all three fencing weapons to both sexes at the highest levels. Fencing is the fourth sport to have been given an Academy status at the school and is available to every student. Our students benefit from a purpose-built Fencing Salle containing ten training pistes, each served with full electronic data recording equipment.
Learn more about fencing at Millfield here.