Pukekohe fencer ends 40 years of competing

One of competitive fencing’s living legends will be stepping down from singles competition at this year’s Wiremark Golden Pliers at the Mystery Creek Fieldays this week. Former national and international champion, Pukekohe’s Nick Liefting plans to retire from competitive singles fencing after this year’s Wiremark Golden Pliers competition to focus on helping young competitors.
After 40 years of competing and two weeks after his 60th birthday Nick will take part in his last Wiremark Golden Pliers competition almost certain in the knowledge that he will be the first competitor to finish his fence. “I told the guys after I won my second Wiremark Golden Pliers in 1997 that if anybody could beat me to the end of the line then I’d retire.”

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