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Tyler Reynolds after his sudden victory over Jet Ng in the U-14 Foil final. (Photo: Fencing Singapore)

 
The second and third day of the Singapore Minime Fencing Championships witnessed yet another bumper crowd at the Jurong East Sports and Recreation Singapore. Over 250 young fencers competed in the Under 14 Epee, Sabre and Epee, indvidual and team categories. More than 200 fencers from the Under 10 and 12 age groups completed their events on Friday. 

Yesterday, National Cadet fencer Donna Lim, powered through the draw to to emerge champion of the Girl’s Epee competition. The 14 year old Raffles Girls student dismissed her opponent, Nicole Aw 15-6, from School of Science and Technology in a repeat of the Inter School finals earlier this year. Pleased with her win, Donna said: “ I’m very happy to have finally won after losing narrowly in last year’s semi finals.” National Epee Coach Zhao Zhizhong added: “ Donna has been performing well in trainings so this win does not come as a surprise. Hopefully she can continue to work hard and challenge her seniors in the near future ”.  Yvette Chow and Grace Tern won the joint bronzes. For the Under 12 Boys Sabre event, Choy Yu Yong from Hwa Chong High School overcame a strong challenge from Pasir Ris Crest student Leow Yuan Wei to emerge victorious with a 15-7 scoreline. Yu Yong, 14, started fencing less than 2 years ago and is also currently the Inter School C division champion.

 

In the girl’s sabre final, Rachel Lam, 14, from CHIJ Toa Payoh was in commanding form throughout the day and easily secured victory in the final against Jesslyn Chen from St Joseph’s Convent with a 15-7 score. Rachel, also finished the Girl Foil competition in third place. Nicole Wong, 14, from Z Fencing club ensured her first gold medal in this age group by beating Kuan Yu Ching from Hong Kong 15-10 in the final. The Boys Foil final featured Z fencing’s Jet Ng and YMCA’s Tyler Reynolds in an exciting final. The two 14-year olds were neck and neck throughout the bout but the more experienced Tyler, snatched victory by 15-14 in sudden death.

 

In today’s team events, the Girls Foil event was won by Hong Kong’s Lifewide fencing while the team from CHIJ St Joseph’s Convent was crowned champions of the Girls Sabre event by beating opponent Pasir Ris Crest Secondary in the finals.  In Girls Epee, Chung Cheng High (Yishun) beat Z Fencing 38-36 in a tense final. A keenly contested Men’s Foil event saw Z Fencing beat the team from St Joseph Institution by 45-40. Hong Kong team took home the bronze by beating Malaysia 45-42 in the 3rd and 4th placing match. Rounding off an exciting day, the Boy’s Sabre team event was won by Hwa Chong High School when they comfortably beat Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) by 45-26 in the finals.

 

The Singapore Minime Fencing Championships is into its ninth year and is one of the largest age group fencing competition in South East Asia. This competition is organised for the Under 12 and 14 age groups and Under 10 for the first time this year, is held at Jurong East Sports and Recreation Centre from Sep 9-11. The Singapore Minime Fencing Championships saw more than 450 young talented fencers from Hong Kong, Malaysia, and host Singapore, compete in foil, epee and sabre as individuals and also teams.