Terence Lee (Y12, Peel) represented Hong Kong to participate in the European U17 Fencing Championship in London on 29 October 2016. He wrote an account of the experience:
Before the competition, I had the honour of receiving a few days of training at the University of Cambridge, and I believe that this helped me to prepare for the competition. When I arrived at the arena I was instantly overwhelmed by the atmosphere. Everyone was a lot taller than me and I was one of the few Asian people in the competition. It was very much an international tournament and I had the privilege of competing with fencers from all around the world. There were a total of 150 fencers from countries like the USA, Italy and Hungary. I fenced a total of 13 matches against fencers from Spain, UK, Netherlands, Japan, Germany, France and Canada. I was seeded number 23 after the poule in which I won 5 matches and lost 1. After six hours of intense bouts, I finally qualified for the semi-final having won against five fencers from UK, two from Germany, one from France, and one from Canada. Out of all these matches, it was the quarter-final against the number one UK fencer that was particularly closely fought. We were tied at 13-13, and we both needed two more points to get into the semi-final. Fortunately, I took the chance and won the match 15-13. In the semi-final I lost to another fencer from Canada 15-10. He was more experienced than me and he had a clear advantage with his height. Unfortunately, I had to settle for a bronze medal. This was my first ever medal in Europe and it was definitely the most difficult and challenging tournament in which I have participated so far. However, I am ambitious and I want to do even better now. I intend to get back into my usual training routine to prepare myself for the upcoming Asian Fencing Championship in Thailand and World Fencing Championships in Bulgaria.