The DCS Fencing Team earned two gold and two bronze medals in the Suzhou Zorro Fencing Competition in late September, travelling to Kunshan to compete in front of the competition gala crowds.
Year 4 fencers Natasha and Sophia dominated the early rounds of the Under 8 category. The junior athletes ranked first and second at the start of the elimination rounds. Sophia went on to win gold with Natasha finishing in fifth place. Sophia then won her second gold medal, facing competitors in the Under 10 Girls event.
Year 5 fencer Paul excelled in the Boys Under 10 category. He took third place and received his first fencing medal. Year 6 fencer Joseph picked up a bronze medal in the Boys Under 14 competition.
The DCS Fencing Team will continue training hard and begin preparing for the National Championship Finals taking place Suzhou in December.
This weekend’s medal winning performances from the Dulwich College Shanghai fencing team follows on from their success at the Shanghai Youth Open earlier in the month, when 11 fencers from Dulwich College Shanghai competed in six categories in the competition and took home four bronze medals. Although the Shanghai Youth Open was the first competition for most of the young fencers, they learned quickly and faced their opposition with great courage.
Natasha C and David H earned bronze medals in the Under 8 category and Serena L was awarded a bronze medal in the Under 14 category. Joseph G also won bronze in the Under 14 category, participating at age ten in the age group above. Eight-year-old Sophia G also competed outside her age bracket, and took ninth place in the Under 10 competition.
Timothy W placed seventh in the Under 8 category in his first competition performance. Paul S also placed seventh in the most competitive category, the Under 10.
With the support for their parents and coaches, all the fencers encouraged and learned from each other. Dulwich College Shanghai are not only proud of the fencing team’s medals but of their team spirit.