8th June 2011
British Fencing launched the 2011 European Fencing Championships today in the UK’s largest retail centre, Meadowhall, Sheffield.
GB’s Olympic hopefuls; Richard Kruse (Foil), Laurence Halsted (Foil), and Simon Wilson (Wheelchair Epee); were put to the sword by local beginners and unsuspecting shoppers having a go at the sport.
Taking place 13 – 19 July 2011 at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield, this is the first time that Britain will have hosted the European Championships.
The City’s new Lord Mayor, Dr Sylvia Dunkley, was delighted that Sheffield is the first City to attract the event to British soil.
“Sheffield has a rich sporting heritage and track record of hosting the best in elite sporting events. We are delighted to be welcoming the European Fencing Championships to the city, and it’s been good to learn about this fascinating and enjoyable sport here today. It’s also great for the people of Sheffield to have these international sporting events on their doorstep, and a fantastic inspiration for everyone in the city to get involved in sport.”
Halsted, Kruse and Wilson said “With the Olympic Games in London next year we hope that the European Championships will give us a taste of the atmosphere we can expect in London just over a year from now. The whole team are looking forward to fencing in the English Institute of Sport and we are ready to take on the world’s best next month in Sheffield.”
The GBR team will be supported at the European Championships by Beazley.
Watch a video of Richard and Laurence taking on shoppers in Sheffield on the BBC Sport website - http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/fencing/13719249.stm