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Success for City fencer at national sports championships

Florina Minzat wins gold at the BUCS Nationals


City student Florina Minzat has won a gold medal in the Women’s Sabre at a national university sports competition. Florina represented City at the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Nationals 2016 where she competed in the Individual Championships for Fencing.

After winning her quarter final match 15-0 and semi-final 15-12, Florina went on to triumph over three-time finalist Zoe Robinson from Imperial College London, winning the overall championships 15-13. The City student previously won a silver medal at the BUCS Nationals three years ago.

Florina said it was “a dream to get a gold medal” at the BUCS awards and said the key to her success was learning to focus.

BUCS is a national governing body for Higher Education sport in the UK, organising leagues and competitions for more than 150 institutions.

City’s Fencing Club is one of many sporting societies at the University and is open to current students, staff and alumni. They also run an outreach community club, providing classes for local children. Visit the webpage for more details.


The sabre is one of the three weapons of modern fencing, alongside the épée and the foil. The sabre differs from the other two methods in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade. For this reason, movements and attacks are very fast.

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