UCT fencers are clear-cut winners

25 October 2010 | Story by Newsroom

The UCT Fencing Club's cup ranneth over at the annual Fencing Western Province Awards, held on 16 October at the Italian Club in Milnerton.

 Len Davids & Fiona McClure   Glenda Pieters (with Douglas McClure  
On the button: UCT fencing coaches Len Davids (with Fiona McClure) and Glenda Pieters (with Douglas McClure, chairperson of Fencing Western Province) received lifetime achievement awards for their contributions to the sport.

Both UCT fencing coaches, Len Davids and Glenda Pieters, were honoured with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Davids was the first black sportsperson to be awarded national colours, joining the South African Amateur Fencing Association (SAAFA) team for a tour of Europe and Israel in 1977; while in 1976 Pieters (as Glenda Benjamin) became the first black fencer to win a national title.

"Fencing for me is my life and my passion," says Pieters. "And it's a pleasure for me to be coaching young fencers."

Also at the WP awards function, Jacques Viljoen and Yasmin Hankel, both UCT fine-arts students, were named Sportsman of the Year and Sportswoman of the Year respectively. Finally, Hankel and Michael Malahe received trophies to honour them as the province's 2010 ranking champions in their respective categories; Hankel in the senior women's foil, Malahe in the senior men's epée.

Viljoen is also the top-ranked fencer in senior men's foil.

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