The first day of competition opened in Singapore, and I rode the bus with 33.3% of the fencing team, (Alex), to the International Convention Centre where three Youth Olympic Games sports are being held! Fencing, Tae Kwon Do and Wrasslin’! I mean Wrestling.
I have never seen fencing. I walked into the arena, and there were four active pistes with our Canadian sabre athlete Miguel on the nearest side. (There are three different weapons, epee, sabre and foil). Later in the day, Alanna Goldie came out and basically destroyed everyone in her pool bouts. She outscored opponents 30-9 in six bouts! I was there for the rest of the day, as Alanna traveled through her quarter and semi-final. She ended up 4th at the end of the day, but I honestly felt really proud of her, and Miguel, because they both never stopped fencing as hard as they could, even to the final point.
It was impressive.
The International Convention Centre is a bustling, excited place. As I said, it houses three sports and shows off the Suntec City Centre is a grand fashion. I am going out there again today, this time to see all three sports, with more Canadians in action. I can’t wait.