Fencing has been in every Olympic Games since 1896, and has been likened to playing a game of chess on your feet.
It requires strategy, quick thinking, speed, agility, quick reflexes and the ability to adapt to counter your opponent’s style and strengths – all in a split second. This is all played out in an environment where respect for your opponent and officials is paramount.
Hillcrest Fencing Club was established in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength. Members range in age from 9 to 76, and the club consistently takes home the honours at the four KZN Ranking competitions held during the year.
The club currently has two members representing South Africa and attending international events. These are siblings Alexandra and James Gibson. Both attended the Junior Africa Championships in Lagos this year, with Alexandra winning a silver medal in the U20 Foil Team event, and James finishing 6th overall in the U17 Epee individual event in his first international competition.
The pair will also be competing for SA in the Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championship in Newcastle, England at the end of July. They are looking for sponsorship and any form of donation would be greatly appreciated.
*Contact Stuart on 082 462 3788 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info