TUNKU Abdul Rahman University College (TARUC) continues to provide a platform for fencers to gain exposure and experience in fencing competitions.
The event held over two days saw the participation of 90 people between the age of 11 and 55, with some as far as China, India, Indonesia and Thailand also taking part.
On the local front, this year
saw participation from Sunway University, Help University, Sekolah Sukan Tunku Ismail, International Fencing Club Malaysia (IFCM), Jung Fencing Academy, Bekking Fencing Academy, Trinity D Fencing Club, Swashbucklers Fencing Club, Spartan Fencing Center, Alpha Fencing Club Malaysia, Touche Fencing Club and Blade Fencing KL.
Also joining in the fray were TARUC’s own fencers, independent entries, as well as India’s Virudhunagar District Fencing Association and fencers from Jakarta International School in Indonesia.
All three weapons (foil, epee and sabre) were featured in both men’s and women’s categories
The competition was organised by TARUC’s Fencing Club and its member students with the support of the university.
Despite the modest reward of RM2,400 offered to winners, the tournament was able to attract high calibre fencers from around the region, Asian Games fencer Chornnasun Mayakarn under
the Blade Fencing Club as well as school teacher and German National Championship fencer Nicole Thome.
Thome, who won in women’s Sabre category under the IFCM banner and has been fencing for over 20 years, said she sought out open competitions such as the TARUC Fencing Open because of her love of the sport.
“I’m a true fencer at heart, but here in Malaysia, I cannot join competitions like the SEA Games so I look for competitions like this (TARUC Fencing Open).
“I had a good time being around the fencers here. My last two matches were quite close and I was even behind in the final bout, but I was able to recover my focus to make a comeback.
“Even though it is my first time taking part in this Open, I enjoyed it very much and I’ll definitely be back next year,” she said.
Thome defeated Natania Tai (Sunway University) and S. Resha Shaveena (Touche Fencing Club) 15-12 in both the semifinal and final matches, respectively.
Former Olympian Yu Peng Kean who runs IFCM, said the tournament was a good platform for his younger fencers under development to test their ability against fencers of different calibres.
TARUC president Prof Dr Lee Sze Wei, who presented the prizes to the winners, commended the organising committee for making the tournament a success and gathering more than 80 fencers to participate in this tournament.
He said it was the students who made the event a success and hoped that fencing would become even more popular in the future.
“By being part of this tournament, students not only learn to improve their fencing skills, but also push themselves further, to be better that who they were yesterday.
“It also allows our students to gain exposure and build friendships with other experienced fencers all around the country,” Lee said.