Alanah lunges for fenc­ing ti­tle

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Drive Way - By SO­PHIE GABRIELLE

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d422150

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.

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