The sport of Fencing was initiated at Royal College in 1914 in a small scale with six boys who could afford it joining together. But due to the dangerous nature of the sport and the lack of protective gear back in the days, Principal Mr. Charles Hartley put a stop to the short lived sport.
Fencing was Reintroduced to College in 2014 as an effort by the National Association of Fencing to popularize the sport amoung school students in the Country.
Royal College fencing began its journey in a successful manner. The team emerged champions at the Inaugural Sri Lanka Schools Fencing Championship held in 2016. They emerged the overall tournament by winning 14 medals(4 Gold, 2 Silver, 8 Bronze) , more than any other participating school. A few months prior, the same team emerged runner’s up at the Inaugural inter school fencing tournament.
In a short period of time, since the sport’s reintroduction, Royalists have compeated strongly not only in National level Competitions but also in the international arena representing Sri Lanka. Coach Mr. Gayan Bandara and Master in Charge Mr R. Cooray have contributed immensely for those achievements and the continuous development seen in the sport.
Due to the continuous victories, achievements and the hard work of the players, the sport was awarded College Colours for the first time for the year 2016.
Seth Perera, Buddika Priyashan, Ridma Pathirana, Yahiya Salih, Shavinda Herath, Kavindu Collure and Nimnaka Perera were the first to receive College Colours for fencing.
Captain – Buddika Priyashan
Vice Captain – Ridma Pathirana