St Catherine’s student surprised by ranking

Year 7 student Mayuri Muralidharan has become the number one Under 15 Australian female Fencer

"I'm also very thankful to St Catherine's for all the support my teachers and my friends have given me," Mayuri said.

YEAR 7 St Catherine’s School student Mayuri Muralidharan has become the top-ranked fencer in Australia in the women’s Under 15 foil category.

Just, 11, Mayuri is the youngest female fencer in Australia to reach the top ranking in the U15 division.

Mayuri achieved the ranking based on her performances at her first national championships and at the national level in 2015.

She found out on New Year’s Day and said it was a “very pleasant surprise”.

St Catherine’s principal Michelle Carroll said Mayuri’s success at such a young age is extraordinary.

“Her athleticism combined with her positive attitude to training is a great recipe,” Carroll said. ‘Through the St Catherine’s Athlete Care Program we are proud to support all our aspiring and dedicated athletes across a diverse range of sports.”

Mayuri, a Mt Waverley resident, was introduced to fencing by her mum just over two years ago.

She won 15 medals in 2014 and 30 last year, several on the international stage.

“I enjoy the sport with a strong passion and I try my best to help others under-stand the sport,” Mayuri said.

“I owe a lot to the per-severance of my coaches Robert Di Pasquale, Harry Zheng Huang and Eason at the Blacklords Club.”

“I’m also very thankful to St Catherine’s for all the support my teachers and my friends have given me. The school has encouraged me and helped me juggle my work when I am overseas as I still want to do well academically. This is just the beginning.”

The Stonnington Leader, pg.26

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