Honour and medals for fencing family

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Successes put Waimate club `on the map’

A Waimate family is proving that those who play together, stay together.
The Fish family – Steven and sons Jonathan (13) and Peter (15) – has been creating waves in the sport of fencing.
While Mr Fish recently received the Fencing New Zealand regional mid south president’s award for outstanding services to fencing in the region, his sons have been collecting medals in the sport.
Jonathan and Peter, both from the Waimate Swords Club and coached by their dad, competed in the mid south regional championships and national championships in Christchurch in March and April.
Mr Fish said Peter won gold in the under-15 foil championship, silver in the U15 epee and sabre events, and bronze in the U17 sabre event at the nationals in April.
Jonathan competes in the U13 category and won a bronze medal in the U15 sabre and was 12th in the U15 foil competition at the same event.
“These are outstanding results and have put Waimate Swords Club on the fencing map,” Mr Fish said.
The mid south fencing region extends from the top of the South Island to the Waitaki River.
At the mid south regional championships in Christchurch in March, Peter won golds in the U15 foil, U15 epee and U17 foil events, and an equal-bronze with Jonathan in the U17 sabre event.
Mr Fish said he was looking forward to a Timaru tournament at Timaru Boys’ High School on May 21.
Anyone keen to get involved was asked to contact Mr Fish at tryfencing@gmail.com for more information or see the Waimate Swords Club Facebook page.
“Our club is certainly not restricted to kids and we welcome beginners of all ages,” Mr Fish said.