Bat­tle earns fighter pair of medals

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - REPORTER NEWS -

BRUNSWICK res­i­dent Tyler Ross-Clarke has taken his sport to the next level, win­ning gold for poleaxe at the Aus­tralian Medieval Com­bat tour­na­ment in Vic­to­ria last month.

Mr Ross-Clarke, 22, com­peted in the Time­line Fes­ti­val, which hosted the na­tional tour­na­ment, on the week­end of Oc­to­ber 28 to 29 at Kryal Cas­tle in Bal­larat.

“It’s the na­tional tour­na­ment for our sport in Aus­tralia and the fi­nal of three con­sec­u­tive tour­na­ments as qual­i­fiers for the world cham­pi­onships and for the na­tional team,” he said.

“The event it­self is like Balin­gup Medieval Fes­ti­val but huge.”

Mr Ross-Clarke won his gold medal in the poleaxe duel event and a bronze in the four ver­sus four Buhurt event along­side the other mem­bers of the WA State team.

To­gether with his hel­met, Mr Ross-Clarke said his 14th cen­tury cus­tom-made ar­mour added 40kg and he trained in it about eight hours a week.

Mr Ross-Clarke said his train­ing was sim­i­lar to other com­bat sports like box­ing, mix­ing car­dio, tech­ni­cal and spar­ring train­ing.

“I go up to Perth ev­ery week to do com­bat train­ing with the State rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the other guys from WA,” he said.

“It’s not par­tic­u­larly a mar­tial art, there are other sword­craft mar­tial arts, this is a com­bat sport so we train how a boxer would train but with weapons.”

De­spite only en­ter­ing the sport two years ago, Mr Ross-Clarke has been train­ing with the WA team since Oc­to­ber last year and has al­ready com­peted on na­tional and in­ter­na­tional lev­els.

Mr Ross-Clarke com­peted at the Bat­tle of Na­tions world cham­pi­onships in May this year for Team Aus­tralia and said he aimed to qual­ify again next year.

Pic­ture: David Charlesworth

Brunswick Junc­tion res­i­dent Tyler Ross-Clarke dis­plays the gold and bronze medals he won at a medieval tour­na­ment last month.

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