A SCARBOROUGH fencer has sets his sights on qualifying for the 2018 Summer Youth Olympics by continuing a strong start to 2017 at upcoming championships.
George Dale (16) won a bronze team medal at the Asian Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in March and finished in the top 16 at the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships this month.
He will be competing at the AFC2-Robyn Chaplin Memorial Tournament in Adelaide and the National Under-15s and Cadet Championships in Perth in June and July.
The UWA Fencing Club member, who has been fencing for five years, said he would use his experience from the world championships.
“So far, it has just been trying to get back into the swing of having more routine after coming back from worlds,” he said.
“As soon as I start training, things will rack up and it will be a lot more intense than what it has been the last couple of weeks.
“I don’t think there is a home ground advantage but I definitely think taking experience will give me an advantage.”
George, who attends John XXIII College, said while it was difficult to balance fencing and Year 11, he hoped to continue moving up the ranks in the sport.
“Every fencer’s goal is to play in the Olympics at some point but the short term right now would be the Youth Olympics which I can qualify for next year,” he said.
“(Fencing) is a sport that almost anyone can get involved in no matter what age you are or fitness level you are, you don’t need to be super fit to start.”
UWA Fencing Club head coach Tuko Maia said George was the “junior promise” at the club.
“He is quite athletic for his young age and the parents have been helping a lot to get international experience and he raised his game since the tour he went in Europe,” he said.
“It usually takes five years to see a fencer be born…George is always working hard and the results show.”
Maia said he wanted to see his charge to try to win the national cadet title and score well at the Adelaide open men’s competition.
NAME: George Dale