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The brother and sister pair are recently returned from outstanding performances at the Calgary Open Fencing Championships, where Kent won the Gold Medal in the Under 17 and Bronze medal in the Senior Men's Saber. Jamie earned a Bronze medal in the Under 17 Women's Epee at the same event. These aren't flash in the pan results. Both, top the Under 17 rankings in Saskatchewan and have done so throughout the 2001-2002 season.
The Witchekan youth train at the Asquith Garde Fencing Academy and have fenced there for the past 5 years. Their coach, Doug Brecht who works as an analyst for the Saskatoon Police Service, says their parents, Joe Abbot and Donna Witchekan, have
really encouraged the two athletes and kept them at it through the early development years. This in a sport normally dominated by non-First Nations athletes.
Brecht went on to comment that Kent and Jamie have a great future ahead of them. They are already winning provincial championships and are making their presence felt on the national scene. They are ready to take a shot at getting on the Under 17 National Team in 2003.
"If they make it they will be off to the World Championships in Sicily. But first, Kent and Jamie need to find sponsorship for them so they can travel to the Canadian National Championships in St. John New Brunswick, this June." That would be the first step to qualify for the National Team.
If you are interested in finding out more about Jamie and Kent or want to sponsor them please contact Doug Brecht of the Asquith Garde Fencing Academy at (306) 975-8349 in Saskatoon.