Media Release William Bishop has returned to Wellington with a bronze medal for individual men’s epee. He was the only New Zealand medalist at the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships held in Penang.
Bishop, a first year Victoria University student, will just have time to put the medal down and pick up his next university assignments before leaving for the Belfast World Junior Fencing Championships with team mates Hamish Chan (Auckland) Chris Bell (Christchuch).
“William has cleared a performance hurdle in style after a disappointing Australian Youth Olympic Festival result. He has talent at a top level. He has determination and the eye of the tiger”, said Martin Brill previous Olympic fencer and coach.
Team mate Chris Bell, in his second year at Canterbury University, will now also be looking for a good performance. The St Andrew’s Old Boy is a recent convert to the epee event and is showing great talent but did not compete in the Penang event because of a schedule conflict.
Bell, the current National Junior Champion is a good performer in both foil and epee in New Zealand, “I recognize my international aspirations may be better served fencing epee, so this will be a good test”, he said.
“Chris is a natural mover, intuitive and learns fast so will do well in what ever he chooses”, said Martin Brill.
“Chris and William will make a great pairing for the Epee Teams event and both will rise to the challenge of their rivals”, said Martin Brill.
Hamish Chan’s recent 12th place at the Penang Commonwealth Junior Championships placed him at the top of the NZ foil fencers and overall for his own younger age group in the event.
At 16, Hamish Chan is attending Auckland Grammar School and is the youngest of the three and a last year cadet. He will compete in the foil events of both the Cadet and then the Junior World Championships. He is a top NZ future prospect hailing from Auckland’s NZ Fencing Academy Club and the plastron of his coach Barry More.
“It will be good to see Hamish have the opportunity to compete in his cadet age group at this level of competition. The extra experience in the junior event will be a bonus” said Martin Brill.
The Belfast Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships run for 10 days beginning 4th April with Hamish Chan first up on Tuesday 7th April .
For further information contact: Martin Brill: Fencing New Zealand: Hm (03)973 9965, Mob (021)0571768
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