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UniSA Student competing for Australia in Fencing Grand Prix

Posted By UniSA Sport on 15/05/2017

Second year Human Movement student Georgie Barratt is currently in Shanghai, China, preparing to compete for Australia in the Fencing Grand Prix.

The Grand Prix, which is one of the toughest senior competitions on the international circuit, is run over two days, starting on May 19.

This isn’t the first time Barratt has competed for Australia, having previously represented Australia at the Asian Under 20 Championships and the Under 20 World Championships.

Fencing runs in the family, with Barratt’s mother Andrea representing Australia in fencing at the 1984 Los Angeles and 1988 Seoul Olympics.

Despite being made to try every other sport before finally being allowed to give fencing a go in 2009, it was always what Barratt wanted to do, “following in mum’s footsteps has always been a dream of mine,” she said.

As part of the Australian Fencing Team, Barratt is training at the National Fencing Centre in the lead up to the competition.

When the Grand Prix starts, there will be initial pool rounds before the direct elimination rounds.

Although Barratt is feeling prepared and confident in her training, she knows this competition isn’t necessarily about results for her.

“It will be a very difficult competition so for me it is more about gaining good fencing competition experience rather than looking for big results at this point in time,” Barratt said.

Barratt has received an Amateur Athlete Grant to help cover the expenses of her trip to Shanghai.

UniSA Sport wishes Georgie the best of luck at the Fencing Grand Prix.