Hy­man aiming to hit the big time

The Jewish Chronicle - - Sport - BY ANDREW PENTOL

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

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