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Liam is an active student – both mentally and physically. He loves sports, and played both basketball and soccer (football) back home in Canada. And at TGS, he has found a new love in fencing.
TGS students have been taking fencing classes since their first week in Stockholm. They practice sabre fencing, which incorporates fast movements and attacks. This differs slightly from foil and épée, the two other fencing styles/weapons.
Back home, Liam participated in a foil fencing class. He didn’t take to it much at all.
It was boring and traditional. They weren’t using sabre, and it isn’t as much fun. We didn’t even get to touch a weapon for the first few weeks.
He and his brother didn’t stick with the class for very long before they decided to spend their time elsewhere. But fencing in Stockholm has been different. “It’s pretty good exercise, but extremely tiring. It’s still a lot of fun, though, and I really like it.”
Recently, Liam was honored by his Stockholm instructor and selected as the only student in his class to compete in a Swedish national tournament for 14-19 year-olds. Because he isn’t a member of a team, he was not eligible to compete against the other players in an official capacity. But that didn’t stop him from participating in a few matches.
[My instructor] talked to a few players, and explained my situation,” Demitrios said, “I was able to have a few matches that didn’t actually count in the competition.
And how did he do? Out of four head to head matches, he beat three of his peers.
Although TGS doesn’t have any official plans to continue with fencing classes in the coming terms, Liam is interested in pursuing it on his own. Fortunately, at TGS, school schedules are flexible and fluid, which will make it easy for him to pursue fencing in our future host countries, should he desire to do so.
I’d love to represent Canada in the Olympics someday.