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No Foil-Ing Them In Cape Town

2015 Commonwealth Fencing Junior and Cadet Championships

Loo Zhao Rong
General Manager, Fencing Academy
Pictures by Eric Berthier

Posted: 16 July 2015

Fourteen-year old Amita Berthier beat 24 U17 and 32 U20 opponents to win two gold medals at the Commonwealth Fencing Junior and Cadet Championships 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa.

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Female Cadet and Junior Champion Amita Berthier. She is the only fencer to have won two events in a single competition
In the Cadet category on 13 July 2015, Amita was seeded No. 2 after winning 5 matches in the poules and received a bye in the Round of 32. She then beat Australia’s Grace Gallur 15-2 in the Round of 16, Scotland’s Mhairi Mclaughlin 15-6 in the Quarter-Finals and England’s Rachel Shaw 15-5 in the Semi-Finals to set up an all-Singapore Final with Maxine Wong. She beat Maxine 15-12 to win the U17 gold medal.
Competing against older fencers in the Junior category (U20) two days later, Amita continued her fine run with 6 wins out of 6 in the poules and was seeded No. 1. In the Direct Elimination Rounds, she beat South Africa’s Jana Van Der Walt 15-2 in the Round of 32, Ailsa Morrison of Scotland 15-3 in the Round of 16, England’s Jade Clarke 15-2 in the Quarter-Finals and Jade’s compatriot Katrina Feklistova 15-8 in the Semi-Finals. Amita faced No. 3 seed Chloe Dickson of Scotland in the Final. It was a close contest but Amita won 15-13 for her second gold medal of the Championships.
In all her duels, other than the two Finals, Amita did not concede more than 8 hits.
Teammate Ryan Ong Ren-An won a gold medal in the Cadet category and a bronze medal in the Junior division.
He won all 5 matches in the poules and was seeded No. 1 in the Male Cadet Foil Individual. He scored victories over Gabriel Haynes of Guernsey 15-7 in the Round of 16, Celyn Lewis of Wales 15-8 in the Quarter-Finals and edged out England’s Ben Bates 15-13 in the Semi-Finals. Ryan beat No. 2 seed Harry Bird of England 15-13 in the Final for the gold medal.
In the duel for the Junior Foil Individual title, Ryan lost 13-15 to England’s Alexander Lloyd in the Semi-Finals to settle for the bronze medal.
Nicole Wee Sher Tynn also did very well in the competition to come in 5th and 8th for the Female Cadet and Junior Sabre Individual events respectively, while Jefferson Cheong Jia Hui was 33rd and 23rd in the Male Cadet and Junior Epee Individual events. Zachary Chen Yi, a first year student-athlete in the Sports School’s post-secondary Diploma in Sports and Leisure Management programme, finished 10th in the Male Junior Epee Individual event.