Sydney University Fencing Club members collected three gold, two silver and two bronze medals at the 2023 Australian Youth and Cadet Championships held recently at the NSW Fencing Centre in Alexandria.
Noah Blender-Greene beat home a 42-strong field to earn gold in the Cadet Men’s Epee. Victoria’s Austin O’Donohue claimed the silver, while Blender-Greene’s SUFC teammates Thomas Deller and Richard Windsor tied for bronze.
SUFC’s William Deller finished 18th in the event which featured competitors from around Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines.
The New Zealand team of Joel Ball – La Hood, Jack Hansen, William McNeil and Nolan Peterson collected the Cadet Men’s Epee Teams gold, with the NSW team of Liu Henry, Tommy Xu and Sydney University Fencing Club’s Noah Blender-Greene and Richard Windsor taking the silver. Queensland ’s team of Oliver Cook, Liam Powrie and Sora Robinson tied for the bronze medal with the Philippines (Oscar Gabrield Del Castillo, Enrico Gabriel Fuentes, Sidney Demitri Peralta and Diego Rafael Son).
Sydney University’s Hudson Cai and Thomas Deller teamed with Max Dai and Yuqiao Zhao to win the Youth Men’s Epee Teams gold, with New Zealand (Patrick Barham-Wang, Matthew Lee, Nico Meyer and Sidney Tickle ) taking silver and the Philippines (Oscar Gabrield Del Castillo, Demitri Peralta and Diego Rafael Son) and Victoria (Neel Liu, Owen Qu and Haoyu Wang) tied for the bronze.
The Sydney University fencers were under the guidance of club coach Ted Elliott.
Australia finished the Championships with 21 gold, 20 silver and 31 bronze. New Zealand fencers claimed two silver and four bronze medals, while the Philippines finished with two silver and four bronze medals.