Twenty-two young Kiwi fencers embark on the trip of a lifetime later this month when they head off to all expenses paid training camps in Australia.
Organised by the Oceania Fencing Confederation, the training camps in foil, epee and sabre, aim to develop the sportís up and coming talent in New Zealand and across the pond in Australia. Taking their swords across the Tasman Sea are, Foilists; Hamish Chan, Chris Lear, Ming-Yi Lee, Hannah Tang and Jazmin Hopper, all Auckland. Ben Wilkins and Sally McCance, Christchurch and Daniel Kahu, Wellington. Epeeists; William Bishop, Brendan Hair, Wellington, Gideon van Zyl, Felix Mann and Jazmin Hopper, Auckland. Carla Campbell, Christchurch. Sabreurs; Alex Chan, Eoin Queen and Hannah Ramsay, Christchurch. Jono Hewlett, Max Rolland, Sasha Green and Stepanie Simpkin, Auckland. Katie Logan, Wellington.
The epee and foil camps will be held in the spanking new Victorian State Fencing Centre in Melbourne on 20 and 21 March (epee) and foil 27 and 28 March, with the sabre camp in Sydney on 27 and 28 March. Victorians have been asking themselves if Noah was a fencer, after the brand-new State Fencing Centre was flooded by the wild weather which deluged Melbourne earlier this month.
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