Australia’s top fencers have arrived in Canberra to take part in the biggest fencing tournament in the southern hemisphere: the National Championships. The tournament will kick off today and will run until Tuesday December 9.
Approximately 300 fencers will compete in 24 separate competitions over the 5 days at the AIS Main Arena in Canberra. Categories include: Open Championships, National Veterans and Oceania Veterans in men’s and women’s individual and team competitions.
Local ACT fencers taking part include former Australian Champion and current Commonwealth Veteran Champion Nigel Nutt, competing in the men’s foil and men’s epee, right through to first time competitor 14-year-old Jordan Thompson, who will be competing in the men’s epee and who hopes to make the ACT men’s epee team for the team competition.
The tournament also sees the return of West Australian fencer Sutherlan Scudds, who, after winning the Men’s Sabre Championship in 2012, underwent treatment for a brain tumour and was unable to compete in the 2013 Championship. This is Sutherlan’s first major tournament since successful treatment of the tumour.
For the first time ever, the Championships will include Veteran Team competitions, and ACT Fencing hopes to win the Centenary Cup for overall Veteran Champions.
(ACT Fencing Association Media Release)