Foil fencer Ashwin Selvan is eyeing a gold medal in the upcoming National Fencing Championship Under-12 Grand Prix (GP) III 2013 and hopes to top rival and fellow training mate Megat Muhammad Alman Mirza.
Megat won the champions title at the previous two outings in April and June and both fencers are optimistic that they will meet each other again in the GP3 finals.
“Megat is overall a good fencer. He never loses his concentration in any matches and has excellent blade control and swift footwork.
“I need to improve my skills if I want to win the gold medal,” said Ashwin, adding that he has been training three to four times a week.
Commenting on their finals matchups in the previous editions of the Under-12 Grand Prix, Megat could only praise Ashwin for his outstanding defence.
“It was a close match in the previous two Grand Prix finals and Ashwin’s defence was difficult to penetrate.
“He can pull off all sorts of tricks to score a point and he is a quick learner,” he said.
Megat also participated in the epee event and claimed gold in the second Grand Prix this year.
Both cadet fencers are training under Jung Fencing Academy headed by coach Jung Choong Hoi.
Meanwhile, Under-12 fencing, foil and epee fencer Julia Loh is eyeing a spot in the Under-14 Swashbucklers Fencing Duel next month.
Her recent achievements included a gold medal in the Under-12 epee events and she lost to fellow training mate, Jeanna Leia Alis Junady, 11, to settle for a silver medal for the foil event in Grand Prix 2.
“The Swashbucklers Fencing Duel will be a tough one as I will be facing older and more experienced opponents.
“I often face Jeanna in the finals of several tournament. She is good in her counter attacks and often catches me off guard,” she said.
Jeana had recently won a silver medal in the Penang Powiis Junior (Under-21) Championship 2013 after falling 15-6 to Indonesia’s fencer Inca Maya Sari.
Another fencer Jizen Loh Iskandar, who also trains under the academy, also recently participated in the epee individual in the second Asian Youth Games, Nanjing 2013 and reached the quarter-finals.
Choong Hoi, who has 48 years of coaching experience, said he emphasised on the foundation of fencing which include footwork and technique.
“Footwork is very important in the mobility of the fencer as well as the techniques.
“Fencers must fully grasp he fundamentals in order to improve further,” he said.