Jai Birch

Funding Level: Podium Potential
DOB: 07/02/1996
Club: Newham Swords
Coach: Maciej Wojtkowiak
Discipline: Men’s Foil
Best Result: Team Bronze at 2016 Junior World Championships
Jai started fencing at the age of ten when he and some friends saw a flyer for Newham Swords Fencing Club on his primary schools billboard. He went to give it a go under the instruction of Pierre Harper and instantly fell in love with the sport. He has been competing ever since.

He now trains five times a week with the national team at the Elite Training Centre in North London and has competed on the Junior International circuit. The 2016-17 season represents his first season competing as a senior fencer with his short-term aim of gaining a top 64 finish at a World Cup event.

Education:

Primary: Godwin Primary School
Secondary: St Bonaventure’s
University: University of Westminster

Athlete Quotes:

“I love the tactical aspects of fencing. Tricking my opponents is the part of the sport I enjoy the most.”