On Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 November 2022, the Grenoble Parmentier Fencing Club will organise the 16th edition of its U17 World Challenge. We present you the event.
Since 2006 and the first edition, the Grenoble U17 World Challenge has become a key event for Grenoble fencers. With more than 400 participants each year, it has become an unavoidable international stage for all young swordsmen under 17 years old (U17) who wish to qualify for the major international championships. Last year, no less than 12 nationalities from 4 different continents were present on the 32 pistes installed in the Halle Clémenceau.
4 events in one
Initially contested by the women, the Grenoble U17 World Challenge is now composed of 4 events since 2016 and the arrival of the boys. Thus, the day of Saturday 12 November will be devoted to individual events. The boys will compete in the Challenge Bertrand-Dedieu, in honour of our former fencer, and the girls in the Challenge Vaujany, named after our maraging partner. On Sunday 13 November, the best nations in the world will compete in the two team events: one male and one female.
A tournament that reveals talent
During the whole weekend, we will be able to see the best young swordsmen in the world, some of whom will be competing in the 2028 Olympic Games. These young talents will become big names, like former winners of the event such as the Frenchwoman Lauren Rembi. Winner in 2007 and 2008, she took 4th place at the Rio Olympic Games in 2016. In the boys’ category, Davide Di Veroli won in 2017. This summer, the Italian became European champion and World vice-champion in the team event.
Aliya Luty’s succession
As for the local chances, Grenoble is not to be outdone. Aliya Luty, winner in 2015, is the only swordswoman from Grenoble to have won at home. She is in the running for a qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris and is still waiting for her successor/successor. Last year, Nolan Wingerter came very close in the boys’ category. Finally third, the Grenoble native fell in the semi-final to the future winner, Giacomo Pietrobelli. This year, Grenoble Parmentier should have three representatives. “We should have two boys and one girl selected by the French Fencing Federation. Of course we hope for good results” comments our fencing master Didier Marguerettaz. With a new victory in the key?
The 16th Challenge Mondial in brief:
- Saturday 12 November: matches start at 8am, men’s final at 7pm, women’s final at 8.30pm
- Sunday 13 November: matches start at 8am, men’s and women’s finals at 3.30pm
Alexandre MOTTE – CAMEMB’R Agency