ZHANG ZHENGGANG

Men’s Foil Fencer | 28 years old, Self-employed

A boy held onto his mum’s hand and gazed wide-eyed at two men crossing their swords, his intent eyes full of curiosity, excitement, and amazement. Some day, he thought, some day I would also like to fence.

That boy was me, more than ten years ago, when I chanced upon one of the training sessions of the fencing national team back then. One glimpse and I felt a tingling craving ever since. It was a few years later when I finally had the chance to satisfy this craving, when fencing became a CCA in my secondary school. Since then, I had been learning this incredible sport under the guidance of my coach Wu Jie.

Before long, I started to attend regular trainings at Absolute Fencing. I am grateful for my coaches, who taught me everything I knew; And also thankful for all my friends, who laughed with me, sparred with me and agonized through the same rigorous trainings as me.

Throughout the years, my passion for fencing has been unwavering, because it taught me so much in so many areas and there is still so much yet to be learnt. Now, fencing has become a defining cornerstone of my life, and the journey has been both fun and fulfilling. No doubt, I would continue on this path and see where it would lead.

Best Personal Achievements:

Senior Category

  • Silver medallist in Southeast Asia Fencing Federation Championships 2016
  • Silver medallist in Asean University Games 2016
  • Team Gold medal in Asean University Games 2016
  • Gold medallist in Senior National Championships 2016
  • Team 5th position in Incheon Asian Games 2014
  • Silver medallist in Commonwealth Fencing Championships 2014
  • 2 times Member of Singapore fencing contingent in Summer World Universiade Games (26th & 27th)
  • 3 times team Top  8 position in Asian Fencing Championships (2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Team Bronze medal winner in SEA Games 2011
  • Bronze medallist in South East Asian Fencing Championships 2010
  • 3 times team gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships (2008, 2010, 2012)
  • Double Gold medal winner in Fencing Singapore International 2012 (Individual & Team)
  • Gold medallist in Malaysia Open Fencing Championships 2012
  • 2 times Gold medallist in Selangor Open Fencing Championships (2008, 2011)
  • Bronze medallist in Hong Kong Open Fencing Championships 2008
  • Multiple medal winner in National Individual Championships (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012)
  • 2 times Bronze medallist in FS Challenge (2009, 2010)
  • 3 times Gold medallist in National Trials (2007, 2010, 2012)
  • Bronze medallist in Novices Fencing Championships 2006

Junior | Cadet Category

  • 8th position in in South East Asian Fencing Championships 2008 (Junior Category)
  • Team Gold medal winner in South East Asian Fencing Championships 2008 (Junior Category)
  • 2 times Silver medallist in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships (2008, 2009)
  • 3 time team Gold medal winner in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • Bronze medallist in 2nd Asian Schools Fencing Championships 2007
  • Team Gold medal winner  in 2nd Asian Schools Fencing Championships 2007
  • Bronze medallist in National Inter-School Fencing Championships 2007 (A Div)
  • Team Bronze medal winner in Singapore Junior Fencing Championships 2006
  • Team Silver medal winner in Singapore Cadet Fencing Championships 2006
  • Double Gold medal winner in National Inter-School Fencing Championships 2006 (B Div)