Aug 14

Peter Hazlett

Bill Cumming – Obituary

It is with great sadness that NI Fencing Ltd announces the passing of Bill Cumming.  Bill was for many years the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Fencing Union and a very active Coach.  His funeral will be in Warrenpoint Presbyterian Church at 2:00pm on Friday 15th August 2014.

Peter Hazlett

Bill was a talented teacher and much loved fencing coach for both junior and senior fencers in Northern Ireland and a dear friend who gave 100% to his students at school and supported many fencers in their quest to win tournaments across UK, Ireland and Europe.  He was an extremely generous man who gave of his time freely and coached in many of our schools including – Kelvin, Victoria, Methody, RBAI, BRA, Campbell College, Strathearn, Wellington College, Grosvenor, Ballee High & Cambridge House in Ballymena and in many of our leisure centres – Maysfield, Antrim Forum, Carrickfergus, Craigavon, Queens and of course Avoniel.  He spent most of his coaching years supporting the girls at Victoria College and Kelvin Secondary School and it is with these students where he will be remembered the most.  Bill had no family of his own – we were his family – he is survived by his brother, sisters and nephews and neices.  He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.

Lorraine Campbell

Aug 10

Maureen Kerr

Annual General Meeting 2014

The NIF Annual General Meeting will be held this year in the House of Sport, Belfast on Thursday 21st August for full details see the Calender

Aug 05

Maureen Kerr

Commonwealth Team Manager

The Team Manager for the Commonwealth Team has been selected; Congratulations to Andrew Murphy!  The team is in good hands.


Andy will be in contact with team members in due course with details regarding accommodation etc.  Keep your eyes peeled for e-mails from

Jul 24

Peter Hazlett

Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014 – Selection

The fencers have been selected for the 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014 to be held in Largs, Scotland in November.

You can find the list of named fencers for each weapon on the Selections Decisions page.

To avoid confusion all 5 fencers selected at each weapon may fence in the individual event.  In the team event the team captain will choose 3 fencers from the 5 selected and may vary the team between matches.

Jul 08

Maureen Kerr

International Funding Opportunities

The Criteria for Fencers eligible for International Funding in the coming season is now available to read in the Funding Opportunities Page

Jul 07

Maureen Kerr

UKSG Team Selection

The teams for the UK School Games have been announced.  You can find a full list of the teams on the Selections Decisions page.

Jun 19

Maureen Kerr

NI Commonwealth Team Manager 2014

NI Fencing Ltd. would like an expression of interest from any candidate (+18) wishing to be considered for the role of the Northern Ireland Team Manager at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014.

For full details please go to the  Positions Vacant Page.

Jun 04

Maureen Kerr

AGM 2014

AGM Notice

The fourth AGM of NI Fencing Ltd will be held on
                                    Thursday 21st August, 1930 – 2100
Room B, House of Sport, Malone Road, Belfast.

In accordance with the Articles of Association (available on the NI Fencing Website) the Board shall consist of, The Managing Director and up to six Directors, who shall be elected at the AGM.
The following Directors wish to be re-elected under section 6.3 of the Articles:
                                    Chris Gill (Finance Director)
                                    Alison Slater (Welfare and Compliance Director)
                                    Joanne Simpson (Competitions Director)
                                    David White (Junior Competition and Development Director)
In addition our current Membership Director (Designate) Mr Martyn Girvin wishes to be elected under section 6.3 of the Articles.

We now seek nominations from individuals wishing to fulfil a role as Director.  Nominees must meet the following criteria:

                       Be a member of Northern Ireland Fencing
(Or British Fencing via any home nation)

                       Be Over 18 Years of Age

In addition not more than two Directors may be elected from any one club.

If you would like to participate in the development of the sport within Northern Ireland then please notify the Company Secretary, Ms Maureen Kerr, by email (

In particular we would welcome nominations from Clubs not currently represented on the NI Fencing Board.

Nominations must be received no later than 12:00pm on Monday 16th  June 2013.

May 30

Maureen Kerr

*VETS* Celtic Challenge 2014

The Celtic Challenge for Vets will be held in Edinburgh on the 26th and 27th July 2014.  You can find further information and the entry form in the Events Calender

May 28

Maureen Kerr

BYC Results 2014

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the British Youth Championships in Sheffield on 3rd-5th May 2014.




U18 Boys Foil (47 competitors)


Stephen Brown                 Grosvenor                       Gold Medal BYC Champion

Kris Gywnne                      Grosvenor                       28th


U16 Boys Foil (57 Competitors)


Gareth Reid                        Grosvenor                      27th

Paul Verdon                        Grosvenor                     35th

Theo Millar                           RBAI                              39th

Darragh Patterson             RBAI                              43rd


U14 Boys Foil (72 Competitors)


William Girvin                     Grosvenor                     19th

Aneurin Duffin-Murray       Grosvenor                     36th

David Eve                            Grosvenor                     47th

Robbie Cockburn              Grosvenor                     51st


U12 Boys Foil (71 Competitors)


Finn McMullan                     Belfast                          21st

Jonathon Connery             Grosvenor                    47th

Matthew McKay                   RBAI                              53rd


U18 Boys Epee (34 Competitors)


Samuel Gourley                  Grosvenor                   24th


U16 Boys Epee (53 Competitors)


Paul Verdon                          Grosvenor                 16th


U14 Boys Epee (62 Competitors)


William Girvin                       Grosvenor                  48th

Michael Reid                        Grosvenor                  54th

Luke Wallace                       Grosvenor                  59th


U18 Boys Sabre (34 Competitors)


Laurence Slater                    Lisburn/Grosvenor   12th

Fionn Flynn                            DKit                             22nd


U16 Boys Sabre (46 Competitors)


Kieran Dowse                        South East                  9th


U16 Girls Foil (39 Competitors)


Keziah Beattie                         Belfast                          9th

Iona O’Neill                              Sullivan Upper          30th

Emily Maginn                           Sullivan Upper          31st


U14 Girls Foil (63 Competitors)


Charlotte Slater                       Grosvenor/Lisburn    19th

Ciara Cormican                      Grosvenor/Lisburn     29th

Rachel Smyth                          Sullivan Upper            37th

Laura Ward                              Hunterhouse              50th


U12 Girls Foil (50 Competitors)


Orla McGinnity                          Grosvenor                  12th

Sarah Shaw                              Hunterhouse             39th


U18 Girls Epee (31 Competitors)


Claire McGinnity                       Grosvenor                  22nd


U16 Girls Epee (47 Competitors)


Kerrie Johnston                        Plymouth                    23rd

Zara Mullholland                      Grosvenor                  28th

Eve Megaw                                Lisburn                       41st


U14 Girls Epee (49 Competitors)


Charlotte Slater                        Lisburn/Grosvenor    14th

Chloe Millar Hunterhouse 49th


U14 Girls Sabre (42 Competitors)

Beth Taylor                                 Grosvenor                     16th 

Ciara Cormican                         Lisburn/Grosvenor     37th


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