Vaughn Scott picked up a solid win against Egypt at the World Championships in Russia winning 15 – 11 in a thrilling fight that had us all on the edge of our seats. With Egypt ahead 3 – 2 at the end of the first round, Vaughn took the lead 11 – 4 in the second round with Egypt chasing hard in the third, including lodging a protest which went their way, closing the gap to 15 – 11, but Vaughn kept his cool and finished strong 15 – 11. Vaughn then went on to face Australia with the Aussie winning 8 – 3.
Dafydd Sanders drew the Italian London Olympian medallist up first and for the most part had a close fight with a 3 – 3 score at the end of the first round and Italy edging out to 5 -3 in the second round. The Italian scored with head shots in the 3rd giving him a 12 – 5 final score at the end, but still a great effort from Dafydd.
A big ‘well done’ to Vaughn and Dafydd for their efforts at the World Championships and a huge thanks to Coach Master John Webster who guided them both through the event and helped them to put up some really good performances. Also a big thanks to Master Mike Hannah for getting the team to and from Russia safely and for looking after them during the event. And a big thanks as well to Doctor Bren Dorman, whose input and presence with the team was, as always, much valued and appreciated. It was also great to see two of our top International Referee’s officiating in Russia, Masters Stan Wagner and Angela Caldwell. To all the team and officials, thanks and well done. We look forward to you all sharing your experiences with us on your return.
Next up is the Pacific Games and we will be announcing the New Zealand Team and Officials shortly, subject to finalising details and processes with the New Zealand Olympic Committee.