Noth­ing will foil his re­turn

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page -

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.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458398

Point well taken: Gary Su­dran (72) and Robert Wong (76) ready for the Asia Fenc­ing Cham­pi­onships at Clare­mont Show Grounds.

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