Australia represented at parafencing world cup
Perth teenager Thomas Rogers had his first taste of international competition this weekend at the IWAS wheelchair fencing world cup in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
The 14-year-old trains with coach and nationally accredited assessor Tuko Maia, who travelled with Thomas to Europe for the tournament.
Tuko said Thomas was “amazing”.
“He won a poule bout at an open event and he’s only been fencing for one year,” Tuko said.
The Australian was the youngest fencer in a 59-strong field and finished in 51st place.
Thomas was classified as A3 (the second highest division) and competed using a chair loaned by the Dutch Wheelchair Fencing Foundation.
In addition to coaching Thomas at the tournament, Tuko was selected to participate in athlete classification.
For more information on parafencing in Australia visit the parafencing page on the AFF website.