Asian tour May 2012


Monica, Aimee and (Kelleigh) have left the continent to train and compete in Asia. We competed in the Shanghai World Cup where Monica and Kelleigh qualified for the second day of competition. Monica had an impressive win against Italian fencer Cipriani. While Cipriani isn't one of the "national team" she has certainly achieved a lot of success and we were all very impressed with Monica's bout.

Kelleigh fenced (for the 4th time this year) a Japanese fencer in the elimination rounds. This time, she fenced Ichikawa and won with a score of 15-9.

In the 64s Monica fenced Valentina Vezzali (ITA) for the 3rd time in a year and Kelleigh fenced Doris Willette (USA) for a 3rd time this year. Unfortunately the 3rd time was not the charm for us but who knows, maybe the 4th will be :)

In team, we achieved our 3rd top 10 result of the year! The competition certainly lacked the same energy as Budapest but it was still a good day for the team. After a loss to Japan, we fenced Singapore to make the top 10 and won convincingly. In the top 10, we lost to Hungary.

Now the team is training in Tokyo at the impressive Japanese Institute of Sport Sciences. The facility is beautiful and well equipped. We started our training this morning with some footwork led by Maestro Andrea Magro and then hit the gym for some conditioning. This afternoon the fencing begins!

Meanwhile back in Canada our juniors are taking a well-deserved break from international travel but keeping up the hard work competing in regional and national competitions. Alanna is Western Canadian Champion and Eleanor is Eastern Canadian Champion.

Shannon, unfortunately, is not competing this month as she just had her knee surgery but she's fighting through the pain and working hard to get herself ready for next season. Keep up the good work Shanny, we're thinking of you!

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