Young Hawke’s Bay Blades fencers selected to represent New Zealand at championships in Christchurch

Seven fencers who train at the Hawke’s Bay Blades fencing club in Hastings have been selected to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships in Christchurch.

Niamh Horsfall, Eliza Wittmann, Amelia Cain, Florence Patel-Gaunt and Michaela Hoggard will represent New Zealand in the women’s sabre category.

Hawke's Bay's fencing talents heading to the Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Championships in Christchurch, Olly Styles (coach) (left), Michaela Hoggard, Florence Patel-Gaunt, Amelia Cain, Zoe Congalton, Wyatt Horsfall, Niamh Horsfall, Eliza Wittman, Baz Clark (coach). Photo / Supplied
Hawke’s Bay’s fencing talents heading to the Commonwealth Junior and Cadet Championships in Christchurch, Olly Styles (coach) (left), Michaela Hoggard, Florence Patel-Gaunt, Amelia Cain, Zoe Congalton, Wyatt Horsfall, Niamh Horsfall, Eliza Wittman, Baz Clark (coach). Photo / Supplied

Wyatt Horsfall and Zoe Congalton (who still train in Hawke’s Bay) from Auckland have been selected for the men’s sabre and women’s epee disciplines respectively. Wittmann and Hoggard also train with the FAHS Sabres club in Feilding.

Coaches Baz Clark and Olly Styles say the selection is the culmination of years of training, hard work and dedication.