23rd February 2011
Some of the world’s top fencers will be competing at Crystal Palace from 2pm on Friday 25th February at the women’s sabre London Trophy. So far 143 fencers from 26 nations have confirmed their entry to the event, including all of the top 10 in the world and British number 1 and Olympic hopeful, Chrystall Nicoll.
The preliminary stages of the individual event will start on Friday but the top 16 in the world have a bye to the knockout round of 64 which starts at 9am on Saturday 26th February. This is one of only eight world ranking events on the international calendar. The team event starts on Sunday 27th February at 9am with 14 nations entered already. This will be the last senior international event to be held on home soil before Sheffield hosts the Senior European Championships in July.
Nicoll, who is currently in the final stages of preparation for the event, said, “I put in a solid performance at the first international event of the season and my world ranking improved by a couple of places. The London Trophy is a great opportunity to compete on home soil ahead of the Euros in Sheffield in July and I'm targeting a top 8 finish. As it’s a cheap event for spectators to attend and we really hope to draw a big crowd."
The competition also represents the first major opportunity for the sport to showcase its new £1million sponsor, Beazley and members of staff will be at the event cheering on the GB team. Beazley will set up a ‘have a go’ area for spectators to try out fencing with plastic weapons and masks.
Spectators will be able to watch the action live for an entry fee of just £5.