The 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championship is to be held in North Ayrshire.
The prestigious tournament will take place at the National Training Centre, Largs between November 10th and 15th. Six-thousand visitors are expected to descend on North Ayrshire to watch 300 fencers compete in 12 medal events during the championship, which is held every four years.
North Ayrshire Council and Event Scotland will work in partnership with the Commonwealth Championship organising committee to deliver the contest as part of Homecoming Scotland.
Last week saw two 17-year-old Scottish fencers – Tom Hoffman and Chloe Dickson – launch the one-year countdown to the competition by staging a short fencing match in the shadow of Magnus the Viking on Largs seafront.
Chris Hyde, Event Director of the Commonwealth Fencing Championships Largs 2014 and President of Scottish Fencing, said, “We are extremely excited. Hundreds of fencers from all over the world will be coming to Largs and fighting for their place in the history books. We are going to host a fantastic event that will appeal to everyone, whether they have experienced fencing before or not.”
Joan Sturgeon, Provost of North Ayrshire, added, “I am delighted that such a prestigious event is coming to North Ayrshire and that the town of Largs will be home for a time to fencing enthusiasts from around the world. The Inverclyde Centre is the perfect venue to host an event that will attract 300 athletes and achieve some 6,000 ticket sales. This will cap a great year for Scotland, putting North Ayrshire on the map after a summer of sport at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.”