OUFC & The Olympics
Fencing is one of just four sports to have featured at every modern Olympics. OUFC has played no small role in British involvement in the Games over the last 116 years, in keeping with the important place it has in the development of fencing more generally in Britain. Indeed, it was fitting to see that the elaborate programme printed for the Assault at Arms, given by the OUFC at the Clarendon Rooms on 23rd February 1892, was on display in the Fencing Spectator Zone at London 2012. The event was designed to attract people to the new sport of fencing and is the first record of the club.
OUFC’s involvement in London was not, however, limited to the ephemeral. Sophie Troiano represented Britain in the Women’s Individual and Team Foil events. A former Captain and President of the club, she managed to combine an intensive training programme with a job in the pharmaceutical industry, the only British fencer in the squad not to be training full time. In the individual event, Sophie was drawn against teammate Natalia Sheppard in the first round and despite a gutsy performance lost out 12-9. In the team event Britain defeated Egypt before losing out to eventual gold medallists Italy. Many members of the club also helped out with the organisation of the event as Gamesmakers.