Nothing will foil his return
TAKING up fencing as a retiree after a 51-year break will allow Nedlands resident Robert Wong (76) to compete at the 2nd Asian Masters Fencing Championships at the Claremont Showground on Thursday.
“It was like a new sport to me when I restarted because the rules changed in 1987, and if I did what I did back then with a sabre at Melbourne University I would get a yellow card now,” Mr Wong said.
The former cardiac anaesthetist, who did WA’s first heart transplant, and 71-year-old Murdoch resident Gary Sudran are members of fencing’s Excalibur Club in South Fremantle.
Mr Wong said that despite a dislocated arm in his first year back in the sport, he was participating again this year.
“If you want to do it you have to do extra exercise,” he said.
The five-day Asia Masters Championships, comprising the three disciplines of foil, epee and sabre swords, is being held in Australia for the first time.
Point well taken: Gary Sudran (72) and Robert Wong (76) ready for the Asia Fencing Championships at Claremont Show Grounds.