Fenc­ing champ eyes gold

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - TORIKA TOKALAU-CHAN­DRA

One of the best de­ci­sions Kyle Macdon­ald ever made was tak­ing up fenc­ing.

It’s taken him quite far - two na­tional ti­tles and seven Com­mon­wealth Fenc­ing Cham­pi­onships out­ings.

It’s a huge ac­com­plish­ment for the Mt Al­bert res­i­dent who strug­gled with ev­ery sport he tried in school be­cause of asthma.

His med­i­cal con­di­tion also wiped out any chance of tak­ing up the fam­ily sport of moun­taineer­ing.

‘‘I gave rugby a good go but I’ve al­ways been on the skinny side,’’ the 50-year-old says.

‘‘I tried whitewater kayak­ing and a bit of ath­let­ics but was a mid­dle-of-the-pack sports per­son at school with asthma who didn’t re­ally stand out in any way.

‘‘I wasn’t any good at school but started fenc­ing when I was 16 years old. I car­ried on fenc­ing and started to train re­ally se­ri­ously in my mid 20s.’’

Macdon­ald has won the Auck­land Cham­pi­onships six times, placed eighth at a Com­mon­wealth Fenc­ing Championship and 26th at the 2014 World Vet­er­ans Championship.

Two weeks ago, he won his sec­ond na­tional ti­tle - the Men’s Epee at the New Zealand Na­tional Fenc­ing Cham­pi­onships in Dunedin.

Macdon­ald now pre­pares for the Com­mon­wealth Vet­er­ans Fenc­ing Championship at Christchurch this month.

Kyle Macdon­ald, right, in ac­tion at the New Zealand Na­tional Fenc­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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