AIS wins David’s Cup Inter-School Fencing Championship
American International School, Lagos, at the weekend emerged the 2015 champions of the David’s Cup annual inter-school fencing competition with Michelle Otiji clinching the top prize after a hard-fought victory over Tofunmi Ashaolu of the Corona School.
The tournament, which was jointly organised by the Nigeria Fencing Federation and Premier Fencing Club, featured about 40 kids from AIS, Corona, Grange, Children International School, and Greensprings.
The final match lived up to its anticipated hype as Otiji, a nine-year-old girl, endured a torrid start to beat Ashaolu, the defending champion, who showed signs that he was unwilling to relinquish his title, especially in the semifinal against Tarik Junuzovic of AIS.
Ashaolu used his aggressive style to a great effect as he established a five-point lead (7-2) with about a minute and a half of the three minutes match left, but Otiji launched a great comeback as she racked up four points to force an extra minute.
She then scored another point just on time to level scores at 7-7 to force another additional minute. Further luck was to shine on Otiji, who defeated Toba Fagbemi of Greenspring 8-6 in the semifinal, as she won the toss of coin which means should there be no point scored in the sudden death, she will be the winner and that was exactly what happened as she defended stoutly, much to the delight of her schoolmates and parents, who were on hand to cheer their kids.
Bade Martins and Wenzel Coetze of CIS won gold and silver, while Greensprings’ duo of Tolu Aramide-Atolagbe and Inuola Babalola got bronze medals for their brilliant displays as they all competed against older fencers.
Special awards were also presented to AIS, CIS and Redeem Christian Church of God for their support for fencing in Nigeria.
Speaking at the end of the event, Nigeria Fencing Federation president, Adeyinka Samuel, expressed delight with the performance of the kids, noting that even as beginners they showed great potential.
He hinted that more developmental programmes would top the federation’s agenda in 2016.
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