Miguel Lefevre

Miguel Lefevre

Fencers work hard for medals

School District 22 fencers worked hard for medals last weekend in Vernon.

Morning Star Staff

The School District 22 Fencing Team held the 19th annual Jeux de Pomme fencing tournament at Beairsto school last weekend in preparation for the upcoming nationals in Richmond.

In Junior men’s epee, Jaxsen MacKay of Kalamalka Secondary took the bronze medal after losing to Sadler McIntosh of North Vancouver.  Training partner and Kal classmate, David Enns, suffered a similar loss in the round of eight at the hands of McIntosh.

Sage Shaw, Andrew Schmidt, and Isaac Assaly of Seaton battled their way to 14th, 17th, and 18th places respectively, with Chris Dlouhy of Kal placing ninth.

Schmidt, a Grade 8 student, claimed a bronze medal in the Y14 event, missing the finals by losing a close match to Dylan Stiles of Gibsons, who went on to win gold.

On the girls’ side, Chatel Bennett of Beairsto won a bronze medal with the top spots going to fencers from Maple Ridge and Kelowna.

The boys Y12 event was packed with great fencers from the Okanagan Valley.  Stiles repeated as champion after knocking off Sawyer Bliss of Kidston Elementary.

Adam Sexton of Okanagan Landing pocketed the bronze with Brennan King of Beairsto just off the podium in fifth. Bennett improved on her performance in the under 14s  in the Y12 girls’ epee by snagging silver with gold going to Casni Govender of Kelowna.

The Y10 girls’ event saw Claire Richardson of Beairsto earn silver with a tough loss to Mireille Stiles of Gibsons.

Beairsto’s Emiko Robertson and Amber Lowe shared the bronze medal.  Elise Kinghorn, also of Beairsto, fought bravely to a sixth-place finish.

The boys’ side saw Jake Bennett of Beairsto striking gold with Quinn Tobin, also of Beairsto, bagging bronze.

Fencing is a tough modern sport that develops agility, strength, flexibility, and determination.

Anyone interested in joining the School District Team can contact Beairsto Elementary at 250-542-1388. Adults of all ages interested in taking up this growing sport can contact Matt Clarke at www.okanaganfreestylefencing.com.