Alanah lunges for fencing title
ALANAH Maclaurin (16) is sharpening her skills as she prepares for the 2014 Australian Fencing Competition in Perth.
The Year 11 Presbyterian Ladies’ College student will compete in September and then travel to Queensland later in the month to take part in the Junior Nationals.
Fencers can choose between foil, epee and sabre as their preferred weapon.
Alanah first started fencing foil at the UWA Fencing Club but switched to epee by 2012 when she made the final eight in the under-17 National Championships.
“I then aimed for selection to the Australian Fencing Team,” she said.
“To achieve this, I needed to travel interstate to compete so I started looking for grants that might help me finance this and am extremely grateful for the assistance I’ve received from the Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation and the D’Arcy Slater Foundation.
“Meeting Layne was one of the highlights of my year – she is a very warm and generous person who is a great inspiration.”
Alanah developed an introductory fencing training program with the aim of encouraging more girls to get involved in fencing as part of a Year 10 personal project.
“Once a week for six weeks I taught 10 Year 5 and Year 6 girls from PLC the basics of fencing,” Alanah said.
“I was really pleased that when the course was advertised in the Junior School. I had far more students apply than I could actually take.”
Lachlan Bunny (15), left, from Shenton College and Alanah Maclaurin (16) from PLC duel, watched by fencing state coach and head coach at UWA Tuko Maia.