Commonwealth Gold for Ravensbourne Student
Ravensbourne is delighted to announce that third-year Architecture and Interior Design student Kirk Slankard has won gold at this year’s Commonwealth Fencing Championships (CFC). Slankard was part of the Men’s Sabre Team that beat Singapore to claim the top accolade.
Kirk joined the Ravesbourne Fencing Society in 2012, and earlier this year won bronze at the International X-SYSTRA Fencing Challenge in Paris. Kirk was later selected to join Team GB's Fencing Squad, taking part in this summer’s World Championships, and then went on to represent England at the CFC held in Scotland.
“It was an honour just to represent England at these championships, but to win gold is a dream,” said Kirk Slankard. “We’ve had so much support from Ravensbourne and all the students, I just want to thank everyone for believing in us!”
While fencing features in the Olympic Games, it is yet to be included in the Commonwealth Games, something that the Commonwealth Fencing Federation hopes to reverse in the coming years.
“Fencing has always been a popular university sport, and we hope that with the ongoing success of the English and British teams, more people will give it a try,” continued Kirk. “I really hope to be part of Team GB in 2016 and bring home a medal from Rio.”
Professor Robin Baker, Director and CEO of Ravensbourne, commented on Kirk's gold medal: “We’re tremendously proud of Kirk and the whole England team for this achievement. At Ravensbourne, we encourage commitment to academic study but also promote the benefits of joining clubs and societies and Kirk’s gold medal confirms we’re providing our students with the right mix of experiences.”