American-based Jamaican Fencer Alison Miller created history on the weekend, taking the nation's first gold medal in the event at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Guatemala.
This comes days after President of the Jamaica Fencing Federation James Mcbean told RJR Sports of plans to entrench the sport among Jamaicans locally and overseas in the Olympic sport.
The Ohio based Alison Miller, whose father is Jamaican, pulled off stunning upset to beat favourite Elita Marroquin of El Salvador to the take the saber fencing gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Championships in Guatemala on the weekend.
Miller, had to rally from a 0-4 deficit to beat Salvadorian for the title with a score of 15-11 says winning Jamaica's first CAC gold medal in fencing means a lot to her.
“It feels absolutely amazing. I have always held Jamaica really close to my heart. My dad is from the Montego Bay. I’ve grown up hearing stories about his childhood, being in Jamaica, living in Jamaica. I have always just wanted to represent that part of myself and show it to the world, and I did that. I’m really proud I could show that with everyone there”, Miller said.
Miller, who finished 5th in the American NCAA Division One competition earlier this year, believes she can attain the required ranking points to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
“In order to qualify for the Olympic, I have to compete in my region, so that’s South America, Central America and the Caribbean. And I have to be able to qualify in ranking and I believe I have to reach the top two or top three in order to get that spot in Rio 2016”, Miller commented.
The Jamaica Fencing Federation boss says the nation is receiving assistance from International Federation's Developmental Fund called "For Future of Fencing".