The 2017 BC Youth Provincials took place this past sunshine-filled weekend (June 3rd and 4th), and what a competition it was!
Two days, 11 events, 12 clubs, and over 100 competitors. With fencers, coaches, and their families travelling to Richmond from every corner of the province, and even from across the border, the weekend was set to be a thrilling event.
The weekend kicked off late Saturday morning, beginning with Y14 Men’s Epee. Twenty registrants tied this event as the largest of the weekend, and therefore definitely one to watch out for. After a close, down-to-the-clock, 14-13 match between Zhi Yin Zhang (TFA) and David Guo (DYN), Zhang took the first gold medal of the competition. The two bronze medals were equally earned by Joe Guo (DYN) and Yao Rong (DYN).
Taking place alongside the Men’s Epee event was the Y14 Women’s Epee category. With 9 fencers hailing from the Okanagan Freestyle Fencing, Capital City Fencers, Dynamo Fencing Club, and Tri-City Fencing Academy, the girls event was sure to be a hit (pardon the pun)! Throughout the direct elimination process, there showed to be some nail-biting bouts, especially in top 8. Two separate bouts resulting in 15-14 victories could be watched between Katie Purcell (DYN) and Deniza Ospan (CCFC), as well as Lydia Meng (DYN) and Angelica Sun (DYN), to qualify for the top 4 round. Two more very close bouts handed Olivia Blaze Richert (DYN) and Yekaterina Lubenkova (DYN) the equal bronze medals. In the end, a 15-5 victory for Deniza Ospan (CCFC) over Lydia Meng (DYN) brought the gold medal home for Ospan.
At noon came the Y14 Mixed Sabre event, with 9 fencers coming from Tri-City Fencing Academy, Dynamo Fencing Club, and Meadowridge Fencing Club. The event concluded with the gold medal going to Thomas Greenwood (TFA) and the silver medal to Jerry Pan (DYN) after a well fought bout with a final score of 15-6. The bronze medals were awarded to Jack Pan (DYN) and Rick Hu (TFA).
Y12 Mixed Foil was the third event to take place on day 1 of the BC Youth Provincial Championships. Fifteen competitors made up this event, and after 3 rounds of direct elimination, the equal bronze medal positions were presented to Heidi Zhu (DYN) and Sabrina Fang (TFA). Finally, with a 15-7 win, Zakhar Vozovik (DYN) took the gold medal over Avery Townsend (RCFC).
Day 1 concluded with the Y12 Mixed Sabre event, with a total of 8 fencers coming from Dynamo Fencing Club and Tri-City Fencing Academy. The final gold medal bout of the day was fenced between the Pan brothers, both fencing out of Dynamo Fencing Club. With a rousing final score of 15-10, Jerry Pan (DYN) took the win over Jack Pan (DYN). Bronze medals were collected by Alexander Serves (TFA) and Shengwen Chen (TFA).
For the full results from day 1 of the BC Youth Provincial Championships, visit: https://askfred.net/Results/results.php?tournament_id=36763&highlight_competitor_id=&event_id=145500