Michael Li: Fencer on the Rise!

Within St. Conleth’s, Transition Year Michael Li has an impeccable reputation for manners, behaviour and school spirit.  However, if you place an épée, foil or sabre in his hands, you all of a sudden have a veritable beast on your hands! Fencing has a long tradition at St. Conleth’s with our weekly classes under Maître David Couper of  Salle Dublin as strong as ever. We have several Olympians amongst our alumni and recent alumnus Phillip Cripwell is ranked first in the National Junior Foil Rankings and third in the Senior.  Well, Philip had better watch out, because the sabre-rattling Michael is on his way, and he is not easily foiled!  Last weekend, at the 2015 Irish Open Championships at the Loughlinstown Leisure, Michael came in 23rd out of 50 fencers, in the Senior competition.  He was one of the youngest competitors there and he impressed the judges with his attacks, balestras, beats and binds. Considering Michael’s rapid development, Phillip’s continuing reign and the recent successes of our Juniors (click), we can proudly say that St. Conleth’s Fencing is entering a new golden age!


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