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Hussain can handle the ref stuff

PUBLISHED: 14:39 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:31 24 August 2010

Hussain Sadiq

Hussain Sadiq

TEENAGER Hussain Sadiq was too young to fence in senior matches until this year – but he s already considered good enough to referee them. The 14-year-old from the Paddington-based Fencing Academy overcame far more experienced rivals to take 13th place in

TEENAGER Hussain Sadiq was too young to fence in senior matches until this year - but he's already considered good enough to referee them.

The 14-year-old from the Paddington-based Fencing Academy overcame far more experienced rivals to take 13th place in the senior open at Canterbury, while team-mate Raelle Francis won a bronze medal at the age of just 15.

Coach Aladdin Sadiq said: "Hussain is yearning for success. When I took him to a squad training camp in Paris last year, he was an immediate head turner to top, experienced French coaches.

"His eye for fencing actions is so accurate that he is constantly asked to referee top 16 and top eight matches in senior opens.

"This shows a hidden talent and he is making a name for himself."

Hussain (pictured right) was eventually defeated at Canterbury by a strong senior German fencer, while Raelle - in her second season at cadet level - went on to finish third in her section.

That represented further success for the teenager, who last year secured a place in the Great Britain team by rising to fifth place in the national under-17 rankings after just three competitions.

Meanwhile, the club's junior section - the Musketeers who, like the older fencers, train at Seymour Leisure Centre - secured a total of eight medals at the Academy Cup.

Christian James won a gold medal at under-12 level, with two silvers and five bronzes making up the Musketeers' haul.

"Last year we made the commitment to nurture a new generation and fill the shoes of those who have moved to the international scene," Sadiq added.

"I promised medal success as early as this year, now they have delivered on that promise.


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