Simms-Lymn wins gold in Canada at PanAmerican Championships

Simms-Lymn wins gold in Canada at PanAmerican Championships
February 20, 2015 jamaicanfencingpage

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: February 06, 2015

PLYMOUTH’S exciting fencing international Tia Simms-Lymn has capped a fabulous 12 months with a gold-medal winning performance at the Pan American Championships in Canada.The 15-year-old Plymouth College student, competing for Jamaica in the under-17 epée category in Toronto, came through a tough pool to reach the knock-out phase. Simms-Lymn won three of her five fights and was seeded seventh going up against Chile’s Catalina Leiva in the last-16.She overcame Leiva 15-6 and in the quarter-finals was drawn against another Chilean, Analia Fernandez and was again the winner by a similarly emphatic scoreline, 15-8. The semi-final saw her up against one of the local favourites, Monica Lubczynski.The Canadian was the third seed and the recent silver medallist in Krakow, Poland at a European ranking event.
However, Simms-Lymn was unfazed and fenced with great maturity and a good tactical awareness.

In an exciting fight Tia ran out the 15-13 winner and she booked a final place against the number one seed and up to that point undefeated Alexanne Verret.

There was scant time for Simms-Lymn to rest up as the final was scheduled for three hours after the semi.

The final proved to be very tactical with both fencers not wanting to risk too much, but the city student prevailed in a narrow but impressive 11-9 victory.

The Olympic hopeful’s coach Andy Hill who is director of pentathlon and fencing at Plymouth College, said: “Tia is beginning to fulfil her potential and with hard work and dedication from both of us, she has a possible chance of qualifying for the Rio Olympics.”

Simms-Lymn’s success at the Pan American Championships reflects her progress over the past 12 months in which she has won the GB under-16 epée and foil titles before qualifying for the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, where she reached the last-eight.

She followed this up in November being the youngest competitor by five years and becoming the Commonwealth senior silver medallist. In January, Simms-Lymn made her first senior World Cup appearance in Barcelona finishing an amazing 38th out of 233 of the world’s best adult fencers. Simms-Lymn will be in action again in Toronto later this week in the Pan Ams under-20 category.
Hill said: “The combination of under-17 and under-20 events close together at the same venue is the usual arrangement, but puts extra stress on those competing in both.”


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