Samantha Dawes - 4 October 2015
New South Wales’ David Wheeler has claimed his first Australian Masters Games gold medal in this morning’s sabre competition, defeating audacious Adelaide sabreur Matteo Barchiesi 15-9 in the final bout.
With just three years experience with sword in hand, compared to the decade long careers of his competitors, the Marrickville resident believes he has found his true calling – having already claimed three gold medals on the veteran’s Australian fencing circuit.
The 40-year-old’s coach first recognised his protégé’s raw potential, and encouraged him to compete in the Australian Open only six months after he began training.
“I went into my first open competition, which is basically the top level in Australia, and finished in the top 16 which is not normally done,” said Wheeler.
Wheeler says his competitive spirit is the driving force behind his quick rise to the top.
“I just love competing… I’m on a mission this year,” he admitted.
When asked if he plans to claim yet another gold in the Epee, Wheeler was more sheepish.
“The [sabre] is my sword of choice… the goal tomorrow is to not finish last,” he laughed.
The Australian Master’s Games fencing competition continues today, with the Women and Men’s individual Epee tournament and the mixed team competition set to be an elegant and energetic display of swordsmanship.
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