Fencing: Caitlin Chang considers Jamaica switch for Rio 2016 Olympics

hsb  Caitlin Chang.  (120127M3c)
hsb Caitlin Chang. (120127M3c)

Harrogate fencer Caitlin Chang is considering switching nationality to boost her qualification chances for Rio 2016.

Chang, 19, missed out on Olympic selection last year when British Fencing entered a women’s foil team instead of Chang’s event, the women’s epee.

The national junior champion could compete for Jamaica at the 2016 Rio Olympics as her father was born in the country.

The fencer, who carried the Olympic torch through Harrogate last year, believes qualifying for Rio would be easier competing for Jamiaca. She said she is pondering the switch as British Fencing continues to fail in supporting her and her event.

“I don’t owe them anything. If they had supported me since I was 15 I would never be thinking about swapping,” she said.

“If it got to the point where I was really high in the rankings and I was over here and didn’t go, it would be a missed opportunity. It’s not an opportunity I want to miss.

“People are saying go for it. They don’t want to risk losing me but, it’s the Olympics.”

Read next week’s Harrogate Advertiser for a full feature with Chang.