Finnish Business Student is On Guard for National Contest

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A Finnish student at the University of Worcester will represent Herefordshire and Worcestershire at a national fencing competition later this month.

Pontus Huttunen has been fencing competitively for much of his life and has represented Finland on a number of occasions.

As a student at the University of Worcester, studying for an International Business Top-up degree, he competed at the recent British Universities and Colleges Sports contest, where he came 23rd out of 115 fencers.

“I was the best fencer from a university without a fencing team,” Pontus said. “So I was pleased with that, but I would have liked a higher finish.”

Pontus was spotted and approached to represent Herefordshire and Worcestershire at the Excalibur Fencing competition taking place in Bath on April 25 and 26.

“This competition is an invitation only event and it’s an honour to be on the squad,” he said.

Twenty-two-year-old Pontus is a Silver level sports scholar at the University, giving him access to a range of support, including financial and therapeutic, to help balance his studies with competing.

“I have always competed in sport, and fencing has been a sport which I have done for most of my life, on and off,” he said. “When I came to study in Worcester I looked for somewhere I could pick up my fencing again and found a place in Malvern, where I have been training regularly.

“The scholarship is a huge help to me, both in terms of providing finance to travel to training and competitions, but also one of the biggest helps is the access to sports massages, as I have a shoulder injury that needs constant attention.”

Pontus was a student at Helsinki School of Business before coming to Worcester for the one-year top-up degree. He said he chose the University of Worcester because of the flexible nature of its courses.