Female fencers show their mettle

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 August, 2007, 12:00am

A fencing competition helped students gain more experience and enhanced the popularity of the sport among young people in Hong Kong, according to the organisers.

The tournament, which was held from July 20-22, was organised by the Fencing Club of the City University of Hong Kong (CityU).

'Through the competition, we wanted to boost the popularity of fencing and ensure better communication among institutes,' said Ngai Ho-laam, president of the Fencing Club.

'The competition is mainly focused on students so that they can gain more experience and hone their fencing skills.'

There were 10 events at the sixth CityU Open Fencing Competition, which attracted participants from secondary schools, universities and fencing organisations.

They included the men's and ladies' individual foil, epee and sabre, as well as foil and epee team events.

'The ladies' foil individual and team competitions impressed me the most,' said Ngai. 'They are very powerful players and there were loud cheers during the event. The excitement of the competition was not inferior to the men's.'

Liu Yan-wai, 18, was crowned champion of the individual ladies' foil and came second in the sabre category.

'I'm confident about my foil skills and that was the result I expected,' Liu said.

She took up fencing six years ago. Liu, who concentrates on foil, said she was happy to come second in the sabre competition.

'There were more high-standard players this year.

I'm happy that I had a chance to compete with them,' she said.

Currently, three types of weapons are used in fencing, and there are different rules for each of them.

For foil, which is a light, thrusting weapon, the target is restricted to the torso.

For the heavier epee, you can attack every part of the body to gain marks.

For sabre - a light, cutting weapon - the attack point should be above the waist.

Double hits are only allowed in epee.