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International Fencing at Birmingham University

by Olympic Reporter: Fencing

On Sunday 24th April, WinkBall video reporters Jack, Ola and Tom were at Birmingham University to speak to the participants and spectators of the International Fencing tournament. The competition began life in the Pump room at Leamington Spa over the Easter weekend of 1934. Originally known as the Leamington Easter Tournament, it was the first major international competition outside London. Organised by Birmingham Fencing Club, the tournament is comprehensive and includes individual and team competitions as well as a social gala occasion on the Saturday evening. It has continued as a major fencing event ever since, with the exception of the Second World War and the year of the World student games in the UK. Attracting leading fencers from the UK and many other countries including teams or individuals from Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Portugal, USA, China, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Australia and Canada, this tournament is not to be missed! Our video reporters were there to ask competitors about their hopes and dreams for the London 2012 Olympic games and also about the sport of fencing.

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