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SA fencer Nomvula Mbatha is en garde for a stab at her Olympic dream

The young woman is off to the Olympic zonal qualifiers in Cairo, Egypt, this month after a year of hard training

Ofentse Ratsie

It was in a Johannesburg hotel parking lot, in the middle of last year’s hard lockdown, that  fencer Nomvula Mbatha realised just how powerful her Olympic dream was.

At the time, she was studying through the International Fencing Federation to become the first black woman fencing coach in SA, an accomplishment she has now achieved.

“I was based at the Sierra Hotel in Randburg. I was there with other fencers from Botswana, Kenya, Egypt and Mauritius. When the lockdown happened, the hotel was empty. So I said to them, we’re going to practise in the hotel parking lot...

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