Alanah said because so few girls fenced in WA, they had to go up against male competitors, such as Perth Modern student Lachlan Bunney (14), from Nedlands.
‘Getting to stab people and play mind games is pretty fun, but not in a mean way,’ Alanah said.
Lachlan said fencing training required developing his fitness, speed and coordination as well, as his tactical thinking.
‘It’s like a game of chess but you get to exercise as well,’ he said.
Alanah and Lachlan will be two of 13 WA fencers to compete against some of the sport’s top Australian athletes at the National Cadet Fencing Championships in New South Wales.
WA Fencing Association president Ben Peden said he had high hopes for the State squad, which currently boasts the number one ranked competitors in men’s open epee and sabre.
‘The National Cadet Championships is the first contact with national competition for many of the competitors and is the first step towards world championships and the Olympics,’ Mr Peden said.
The Championships will be held at the Steel Park Leisure Centre in NSW from July 5 to 10.