Jamaican fencers en garde for Olympic spot
James McBean, president of the Jamaican Fencing Association remains confident the abilities of local fencing duo Tia Simms-Lymn and Alison Miller will be enough to see them overcome their respective challenges and this weekend book their ticket to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Jamaican Olympic hopefuls no doubt have all to play for, and must go all out for glory today and tomorrow at the Pan-American Fencers level in order to secure places at the Olympics this summer.
This all-important test is a continental qualification competition which will be held in San Jose, Costa Rica.
It is also the last chance for Pan-American Fencers to secure places at the Olympic Games.
According to McBean who is both the founder and president of the Jamaican Fencing Federation, he believes both fencers representing Jamaica will give their best and "have good chances to qualify for the Rio Olympics."
McBean also serves as the second Vice President of the Central American & Caribbean Fencing Confederation.
"The only way they can get that ticket is if they win gold in their respective disciplines of sabre and epee. No consolation prizes this time. This is it! Last chance until 2020," Florida-based McBean summarised.
The association president expressed confidence in the duos ability to get the job done.
"What is telling about our ladies is that they have both taken gold before against this very same cadre of fencers.
"Let us remember Alison (Miller) won Gold at the Central American and Caribbean games and Tia Simms-Lymn was Pan American champ in Canada. This is a good sign going forward," McBean added.