Asgardian Monthly - Clearing 2016 in Style
2016 will be a year known for the loss of some of our cultural icons as well as seemingly disastrous decisions in the geopolitical landscape. On a much smaller scale however, we have had much to be thankful for here at Asgard, where our incredible run of results continued all the way to the end of the year with our fencers participating in the European Cadet Circuits, Hong Kong Open and the Y-Sparks International Cup.
European Cadet Circuits – London and Sofia
Nicole Wee, another of our top fencers, took centre-stage this time around, with huge performances in the London and Sofia (Bulgaria) Cadet Circuit tournaments. In London, Nicole helped to steer the team to a maiden team Gold at a Cadet Circuit event, while in Sofia she narrowly missed out on a medal, finishing 6th out of a field of more than a hundred fencers. With this result she can count herself amongst the handful of Singaporean fencers who have finished in the top 8 at an ECC event! Nicole will also be participating in the World Championships in April for the first time, and we believe these results will give her to confidence to do well there.
Sofia U-14 Championships
The Sofia ECC event was preceded by a U14 tournament which attracted a huge turnout of about ninety participants. Our young talent Megan participated in her first ever European event, and did an incredible job by finishing with a Silver medal! She had an uphill task in the elimination rounds after being seeded poorly, but she showed great resilience to power her way through and finish with a medal.
Y Sparks U-13 International Cup
Locally, we had the Y Sparks International Cup in December, organized by the Y Sparks fencing team at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Center. A number of our young fencers participated, and we finished with a Bronze from Maddy, while Bryan, Calista, Yu Qi and Rebekah all did well to finish in the top 8. Megan continued her winning season by finishing easily with a Gold.
Hong Kong Training Camp
In addition to these tournaments, our fencers attended a training camp at FSA fencing club in Hong Kong. Training was challenging but it was a great experience and many friends were made. Many thanks to the FSA coaches and staff for their hospitality, and we hope to welcome them to Asgard soon as well!
We would also like to make a special mention of Dr Lau who took part in the Hong Kong Masters event during this period. Dr Lau successfully defended his crown and finished Champion once again. Well done!
The New Year also marks the mid-point of the fencing season for us, and with the end of our Christmas break we are now looking forward to the Asian and World Championships in February and April. Our elite fencers will feature strongly in the Singapore team, and we look forward to the intense battles ahead.