NIST Falcon Fencing Club Wins Falcon Young Fencer Invitational

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Head-of-School-James-MacDonald-Opens-Fencing-TournamentIn the first fencing tournament ever held on their home campus, the NIST Falcon Fencing Club team persevered against the odds by earning the highest team score, earning them first place overall at the 2014 Falcon Young Fencer Invitational. Held at the NIST International School’s Sports Complex on Saturday, 24 May 2014, the event attracted over sixty of Thailand’s top young fencers.

A national event supported by the Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand (AFAT), the competition included only the saber and was divided into 4 age groups: under 10, under 12, under 14 and under 17. Boy and girl fencers from multiple clubs joined, including several who compete as members of Thailand’s national cadets team.

The-Falcon-Fencing-ClubUnlike their more experienced peers, the members of the NIST Falcon Fencing Club represent the first international school fencing club in Thailand. Having become a member of the Amateur Fencing Association of Thailand (AFAT) in July 2013, it now includes over 30 fencers and has quickly gained recognition for its promising athletes, due in large part to the coaching.

Leading the young Falcons is Head Coach Wiradech (Willi) Kothny, a decorated fencing aficionado who holds the distinction of being the only fencing athlete to win medals for two countries: Germany and Thailand. Willi plans to expand the club in the coming academic year, and will include to include epee dueling. Unlike the sabre, which allows fencers to strike with the edge of the blade, hits with the epee must be with the point.

The-First-Falcon-Young-Fencer-InvitationalWilli and the club have had full support from the NIST Athletics and Activities Director Mr. Paul Hodgkinson, who is also the President of the Falcon Fencing Club. According to Paul, “Fencing is a sport that helps train the fencers in many ways. Apart from developing physical skills through the sport, fencers learn about the importance of thinking and reacting quickly, making complex decisions, sportsmanship and teamwork. This helps complement their academic studies in the IB.”

With the Falcons flying to their first major victory at home, they hope to continue making their point in the fencing world. More photos of the event can be viewed on Facebook and Zenfolio.

Full Results

Under 10 Boys and Girls Sabre

  1. Winner: Tonkla Pokeawfrom – SFT Club
  2. Second place: Pran Taepaisitphongse – NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Chirapon Taepaisitphongse and Nattasiri Viravaidya – NIST Falcon Fencing Club

Under 12 Girls Sabre

  1. Winner: Tonkhaw Pokeaw – SFT Club
  2. Second place: Chompoonik Taepaisitphongse – NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Natwadee Limpi-Angkanan and Ranchida Taepaisitphongse – NIST Falcon Fencing Club

Under 12 Boys Sabre

  1. Winner: Praparit Intravudh – KU Club
  2. Second place: Tonkla Pokeaw – SFT Club
  3. Third place: Pisit Wongwisessuk and Puritat Aunamjai – SFT Club

Under 14 Girls Sabre

  1. Winner: Tonkhaw Pokeaw – SFT Club
  2. Second place: Chompoonik Taepaisitphongse – NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Marisa Kitjatanapan – NIST Falcon Fencing Club and Pimnares Puto – Air Force Fencing Club

Under 14 Boys Sabre

  1. Winner: Praparit Intravudh – KU Club
  2. Second place: Kritanut Lerthirunvibul – NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Jatupong Sanankun Sriyapai School and Puritat Aunamjai – SFT Club

Under 17 Girls Sabre

  1. Winner: Tonpan Pokeaw – SFT Club
  2. Second place: Ratchapa Chongthaweephol – NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Ponpicha Lerthirunvibul – NIST Falcon Fencing Club and Pornnares Puto – Air Force Fencing Club

Under 17 Boys Sabre

  1. Winner: Kanisorn Pangmoon – SFT Club
  2. Second place: Voragun Srinualnad – Air Force Fencing Club
  3. Third place: Soravit Kitsiriboon – NIST Falcon Fencing Club and Sikarin Intrarakumheang – SFT Club

Overall score

  1. Winner: NIST Falcon Fencing Club
  2. Second place: SFT Club
  3. Third place: Air Force Fencing Club