On Sunday, March 1, UCC hosted its first-ever fencing competition, The Blues Challenge.
The tournament featured schools from across the province. UCC was represented by two teams: an A team with two high-level national fencers and two beginners, and a B team with beginners from the College’s fencing club.
Head of UCC’s fencing club Michael Sun led logistics and planning with the assistance of coaches and numerous staff. The format consisted of a pool round, followed by direct elimination competitions. Each team match would go up to 45 points, with three to four players alternating from each team until one team achieved the final score. With this in mind, there was little room for mistakes.
In pools, UCC’s B team fell short to the team from the Canadian Fencing Academy (CFA), while the A team mounted a 20-point comeback. They were down 43-23 until the last set, when they scored 22 straight points to win 45-43 from the efforts of the anchor Simon Poon.
In direct elimination, UCC’s B team fell to a more experienced CFA team whereas the A team cruised their way to the finals. There, they were matched up with more experienced club fencers. They were again down going into the last set but their anchor was again able to mount a comeback, tying the score at 44-44. The final point decided the winner and UCC came out victorious, claiming gold.
This first-ever event ran extremely smoothly and the participants had a great time. Thanks to all teams for participating and the organizers of The Blues Challenge, and congratulations to UCC's A team!