A sword fight for the gold

Diana Sher claiming first place at the Asian Zone Fencing Championship.

Diana Sher claiming first place at the Asian Zone Fencing Championship.

Monash University student Diana Sher recently became the first Australian fencer to win gold at an Asian Zone Fencing Championship at any level.

Diana, who is currently in the second year of her Bachelor of Arts (majoring in politics and communications), at Monash University’s Clayton campus, took the gold medal win at the Asian Junior Zone Fencing Championships competition in Bangkok.

“I was in Bangkok for 12 days with this competition. I competed in the Junior Women’s Epee Event and the Junior Women’s Epee Team Event,” Diana said.

“Last year I finished in third place, and as this is my final year competing in this age category, I am very happy with my improvement. It’s a great way to finish off in the Under 20 category.”

Diana has been fencing for over seven years now. Her father, who is the National Fencing Coach for Australia, encouraged her to start up the sport.

“Last year I competed for Monash at the Australian University Games in Adelaide and won, and later this year I will be representing Monash again at the Universiade in Kazan, Russia,” Diana said.

Over the summer break from classes, Diana was in Europe training and competing, managing to take out the Under 23 European Circuit Cup in Italy.

“Now that classes are back on, I have continued to travel quite extensively with my sport, so I am very grateful for support of the Monash Elite Athlete Program as dealing with university, sport and extensive travel is not easy,” Diana said.

“The sport scholarship grant, which I received last year, was also an amazing help as it assisted me with some of my travel costs for competitions.”

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