Junior World Cups are the most competitive and challenging tournaments for youth fencers. Restricted to top fencers between the ages of 17 and 20, a select few younger fencers can compete depending on skill level. This was Ben Parkin’s second Junior World Cup -and he’s only 15!
Eleven countries renowned for their fencing programs competed in this event including Spain, Australia, Italy, the US, Puerto Rico, Great Britain, Portugal, Hungary, and Turkey just to name a few.
Ben walked into the direct eliminations seeded 42 after the first round of pools. He breezed past the top 64,trouncing a young Spaniard 15-9. In the round of 32 he faced off against Senne, from Italy, and lost 15-6. This is the second time Ben, only a cadet, fenced his way into the top 32 of a Junior world cup.
Below you can see Ben, Mauro and Ben’s Father, Lenny celebrating in beautiful downtown Madrid after the competition.