Asgard Kids @ Australia Friendship Cup 2015

The Australia Friendship Cup took place in Sydney from 21st to 22nd November 2015, involving participants from various countries across age categories ranging from U-9 to U-13.

A sizeable group of Asgard fencers and family members attended the event and for many of them it was their first ever international tournament. The team was scheduled to have a warm up training session on the 20th but unfortunately it was cancelled due to an extreme heat wave. Fortunately the weather cooled dramatically the following day, and the kids were able to fence in comfortable weather.

We began the tournament with team events on the first day, and we participated in the U-11 and U-13 categories. Our Girls’ team began the day feeling slightly nervous as they finished with a Bronze in the U-11 Mixed Team event. The Boys’ team overcame a slow start to finish well with a Silver in the U-13 category. Finally, our Girl’s U-13 team finished as Champions in the U-13 category, winning the final by the narrowest of margins 45-44. Incredibly, three of the four girls had also been in the U-11 team earlier that day!

The second day featured the individual events and our young fencers did not disappoint, finishing with multiple medals. Ashley Teo and Wong Yu Qi won the Bronze in the U-9 and U-11 Girl’s Sabre categories respectively, and Megan Au won Silver in the U-13 Girl’s Sabre. Bryan Hoh did us proud when he finished as Champion of the U-11 Boy’s Sabre category. Well done!

This trip turned out to be an extremely rewarding and satisfying trip, not just in terms of the fencing results, but in the way that many of the fencers started to bond as teammates. We hope that they will be inspired to keep working hard and striving for future international success!

Teams:

U-13 Girls’ Team CHAMPIONS - Megan Au | Wong Yu Qi | Victoria Fox | Kirsten Au

U-13 Boys’ Team Silver - Edward Fox | Isaac Ng | Bryan Hoh | James Teo

U-11 Mixed Team Bronze - Kirsten Au | Wong Yu Qi | Victoria Fox | Charis Chu

Individuals:

U-11 Boy’s CHAMPION - Bryan Hoh

U-13 Girl’s Silver – Megan Au

U-11 Girl’s Bronze – Wong Yu Qi

U-9 Girl’s Bronze – Ashley Teo

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