Podium finishes for Hillcrest High fencers

2016-03-15 06:00
Hillcrest High fencers (from left) Simpiwe Malusi, Alexandra Gibson and James Gibson. Photo: supplied

Hillcrest High fencers (from left) Simpiwe Malusi, Alexandra Gibson and James Gibson. Photo: supplied

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THREE Hillcrest High School pupils - Alexandra Gibson, Simpiwe Malusi and James Gibson - represented KZN at the SA Junior National Fencing Championships in Cape Town recently.

The fighting was intense with over 200 entries, and with the competition being the last chance to improve SA rankings before the South African team travelling to the junior world championships in France, was selected.

Each of our fencers gave it their all and fought their hearts out.

Simpiwe finished fourth after the pool rounds in the under 17 epee, but was knocked out in a tough and well-fought direct elimination bout against a more experienced competitor.

He also performed well in the under 20 epee event.

James fenced in the under 17 and under 15 epee events. He did well in the under 15 epee, winning a bronze medal.

Alexandra had an exceptional weekend, winning a medal in each event she entered - silver medals in both under 17 and under 20 foil, and bronze medals in both under 17 and under 20 epee.

Alexandra has since been selected to represent South Africa in three events, 17 foil, under 20 foil and under 17 epee at the Junior World Fencing Championships in Bourges, France from 1 to 10 April.

Simpiwe received half-colours, and James and Alexandra were both re-awarded full colours.

The smiles though weren't just about the accolades, as more than swords were extended, with Simpiwe stretching his courage to undertake his first flight with much enthusiasm and nervous smiles.

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