Whitgift student takes to the international fencing stage and qualifies for the GB team.

Whitgift was recently represented on the fencing world stage, courtesy of Fifth Former Connor Head. The current British No. 2 started the busy international season with a competition in Ankara, Turkey, at the end of September, securing 16th place. The beginning of October saw Connor taking part in the Manchester Cadet European Foil Circuit Competition, an U17 international event that is one of the toughest of the season; Connor managed to secure a fantastic 21st place out 140 fencers from 26 countries. The 15-year-old has therefore not only kept his place in the national team, but also qualified for both the épée and foil GB teams, a feat which has not been achieved in Britain for years. Head of Fencing, Pavel Rynes, commented, “Connor is a very versatile fencer. His work ethic, technical and tactical maturity gives him a huge potential to achieve great results in future.”

Connor went on to compete in the European U17 circuit competition in Chalons, France, at the beginning of October. He came 21st out of 120 fencers from 13 countries. Mr Rynes went on to say, “This excellent result means he is now in the top 50 in Europe. Given that 514 boys, via the national teams of their countries, have got European ranking, this is a terrific achievement.”

Fellow Whitgifitians, Tarriq Roach and Luka Peacefield, will also represent their country this year, and Whitgift wishes them all the best of luck.

Photographer: Niki Bruckner

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