East student wins Fencing medal at 2017 Singapore Youth Olympic Festival
By Gilbert Sayson, parent, East Campus
Congratulations to East Grade 9 student, Samantha Sayson, who earned a bronze medal for Fencing Under-14 Girls Epee at the 2017 Singapore Youth Olympic Festival. The tournament was held at the Singapore National Fencing Centre in OCBC Arena on Sunday, 2 July.
Despite not being top ranked after the poules (preliminary), it was enough for her to qualify for the Direct Elimination round where she worked her way up by defeating her more experienced and seasoned rivals including those from the Singapore Sports School. In her semi-final bout, she was one point away from reaching the final to guarantee a silver medal, but her rival came back following a break and she eventually settled for the bronze.
"I'm proud of my achievement considering my very first exposure to this sport was a Fencing holiday camp last December. I only transitioned full time in the last 3 months so I'm very happy with the results," according to the beaming incoming East High School student who in addition to representing UWCSEA in the tournament was also under Modern Fencing Club.
Samantha, who as late as March still competed for the East Dragons Gymnastics team (Level 6) at SEASAC and FOBISIA, will now focus her training and compete in the Cadet Fencing circuit in Singapore and around Asia.
We look forward to more positive results and a fast climb up the rankings! Go Dragons!