Hartpury College student Maisie McCormack has been selected to represent Great Britain in a major international fencing competition.
Maisie, who is studying A-levels in English Language, Geography and Psychology, will proudly wear the red, white and blue colours in the Uhlmann Cup in Laupheim, Germany on Saturday.
The tournament, which has World Cup status, meaning its results contribute to a fencer’s world ranking, has been running since 1969 and is now firmly established in the International Fencing Federation calendar.
Maisie, a member of Hartpury’s Athlete Performance Academy, will compete for international honours in the junior (under-20) women’s epee competition.
“My aim for this year was to settle in at Hartpury, get used to working with new coaches and facilities, and build for next year on the circuit,” said Maisie, who represented Great Britain at Under-17 level.
“I have now already exceeded those aims, so I’m pleased I made the move to Hartpury because it appears to be paying off.
“One of the main reasons I decided to study at Hartpury was the encouragement and support that it provides its student athletes.
“I now have access to structured strength and conditioning training, sports psychology, nutrition, recovery programmes, and top facilities and coaches. My confidence has blossomed in a short time already.
“Most importantly, I’m really enjoying my fencing, the support I receive from my coaches and the whole can-do atmosphere of the staff and my peers.”
Lee Douglas, Head of Strength and Conditioning at Hartpury, added: “Maisie’s approach to her training, along with her academic studies, has been excellent.
“It is really pleasing to see her getting this reward with the hard work and dedication that she has shown since being at Hartpury.
“It is fantastic that she has gained GB selection in her first year at Under-20 level and I am sure this is the first of many more GB squad selections and successes.
“We wish her all the best in Laupheim.”
Hartpury is officially accredited by a prestigious national scheme for leading the way in how it supports talented athletes in education in England.
The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) formally recognises an institution’s commitment to supporting student athletes and allowing them to reach their potential in education alongside achieving success in their sport.
As a Dual Career Accredited Site, Hartpury is an important extension of a network of universities partnered with TASS – which is backed by Sport England – delivering core support services to student athletes.
These support services include physiotherapy, nutrition, lifestyle support, psychology, and strength and conditioning.
Picture: Maisie McCormack