Former Moriah student wins European fencing championship

Yuval Freilich with his gold medal. Photo: European Fencing Confederation

FORMER Moriah College student Yuval Freilich has won the gold medal in the European Fencing Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Freilich, son of former Moriah College students Gabby and Rachel Freilich, began his fencing career in Sydney, after being inspired by the Sydney 2000 Olympics Fencing Tournament.

After the Olympics he moved back to Israel, where he is originally from.

Freilich is the first Israeli fencer to win a European championship.

Speaking in a post-tournament interview, the 24-year-old said, “It’s the most incredible feeling.

Yuval Freilich celebrates with his team. Photo: European Fencing Confederation

“Everything connected, the fencing, the energy, the feeling. It just all came together and this is what came out. Amazing, really unbelievable feeling.”

In 2010 Freilich returned to Australia to win the Australian Under-17 Cadet Championships.

The following year he won the European Cadet Championships in Austria, and in 2012, in Croatia, Freilich led the Israeli team to gold in the European Team Championships.

He is the nephew of former Organisation of Rabbis of Australasia president Rabbi Dovid Freilich.