OFC Fencers Ian McAlister and Vivian Young both received National points for their strong performances in their respective competitions at the November North American Cup (NAC) hosted in Fort Worth this past weekend (Nov. 10-13, 2023). In order to obtain national points, fencers must finish in the top 64. Vivian placed 21st out of 248 competitors in the Junior Women’s Epee (18 and under) event and 31st out of 236 competitors in the Cadet Women’s Epee (16 and under) event . On her way to 31st in Cadet, Vivian was able to overcome the gold medalist from the Y14 event from the previous day and ultimately lost to a Canadian girl who won the entire Cadet event. Congratulations Vivian!
Ian McAlister had a tremendous performance on Sunday and came home with a 12th place finish out of 346 competitors in the Junior Men’s Epee event. This was Ian’s highest placement in a national tournament. Along the way to his top 16 finish Ian kept his cool and overcame many obstacle alongside his Coach, Courtney Hurley, including defeating a strong opponent that he has encountered several times over the years. Ian is also coached by Tim French of Mustang Fencing Academy and Tommi Hurme from Olympian Fencing Club. Congrats Ian!