TV coverage NZ Fencing Champs - CTV 6pm - 630pm Friday 19th Oct
Young Guard Challenge the Old Guard at Fencing National Championships over Labour Weekend in Christchurch (Appeared in The Press 17/10/12)
There'll be some sparks flying off the blades at the National Champs this weekend, as more than 80 fencers battle for national individual and team honours and New Zealand's rising stars look to match themselves against the experience and skill of their elders in 3 days of intense competition at the Canterbury Table Tennis Center in Blenheim Road.
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In the men's foil event Christchurch's reigning champion, Hamish Clarke, of The Fencing Institute, will face strong competition from several young up and coming fencers, notably Auckland's Hamish Chan (6th in Junior Commonwealth Champs earlier this year), Clovis Dyson and Daniel Garelja, as well as Wellington's Daniel Kahu.
In the women's foil Commonwealth Champion Yuan Ping, formerly on the Chinese National Team and now based in Wellington, enters the piste. In her first competition since World Champs last year, she is expected to dominate the field.
In women's epee, former national champion and Commonwealth Champs team member Sheryl Fan of Auckland will face Wai Ling Chan of Christchurch. Another Fencing Institute member, Chan came 5th last week in the Asian Under 17 Champs and is the current New Zealand and Australian Under 15 champion. She also holds the NZ U17 title and the Secondary School titles for both foil and epee.
In a weapon that tends to favour experience and skill, Men's Epee sees the biggest field. Very experienced international fencers Paul Hentschel of Hawkes Bay, defending champion, Kyle McDonald of Auckland, Commonwealth Champs finalist and The Fencing Institute's Mark Rance, Commonwealth Champs team member and 6th last week at Commonwealth Veterans in Singapore, will face challenges from a group of younger fencers hungry for national success. They include Christchurch's Andreas Sesun, Wellington;s William Bishop and Daniel Kahu, and Aucklander Oliver Agnew.
Sabre will see Christchurch fencer Luke Robertson of The Sabre Club defending his title against all comers.
Visitors are welcome, with events starting at 9.30am, individual finals scheduled for 3pm with team events to follow. Further details available on www.fencing.org.nz or www.fencingmidsouth.org.nz. Please contact Kate Brill for any other info you need. Mobile 021 615 095, or 03 351 6485.
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