Hyman aiming to hit the big time
TEENAGE fencing prospect Amy Hyman is keen to establish herself as one of the country’s top under-17 female cadets after finishing 18th at last weekend’s British Championships in Stoke.
Representing Salle Paul Fencing Club, the 14-year-old, who is nicknamed “the Tiger” by her fellow fencers, was competing for the first time in the under-16 age category against opponents that are physically superior.
A bronze medalist at the 2006 Public Schools Championships, the talented foilist told JC Sport: “My objective was to finish in the top 20 and I was pleased with my performance considering I was younger than my rivals. The atmosphere was fantastic, with several top cadets on show. Now I am looking to represent Great Britain overseas and compete at the 2009 Maccabiah Games.
The Woodside Park resident, who lists attacking and defending as her main strengths, revealed: “I must now work on my parries, as if you can stop your opponent attacking it gives you the chance to go on the offensive.”
Currently training to become a junior referee, Hyman, who has been fencing for more than six years, is also coaching 8-11 year-old beginners at Finchley Foil Fencing Club.
Club manager and coach Jim Philibin commented: “Amy loves the atmosphere of competitions and gives as good as she gets despite being petite. She loves team events and will happily face anyone. She has a great attitude and loves the sport whatever the outcome of her matches.”
Amy Hyman in action (left) and (above) with one of her many medals