THE medal haul, including one gold, brought home by the Philippine fencing contingent from the 2017 Southeast Asian Games could just be a springboard for more in the future.
This was what Brennan Wayne Louie, the country's only gold medalist in the SEA Games fencing, claimed when he graced the inaugural Multiple Intelligence International School Fencing Invitational Cup on Saturday.
"I think it's just the beginning. It's an interesting time to start fencing," Louie, who beat fellow Filipino Nathaniel Perez in the men's foil final in the Malaysia showpiece, told SPIN.ph.
"This gold medal means a lot more. It's about the Philippines, the young Filipino fencers who wanna achieve their dreams."
Overall, the Philippines' fencing team bagged six medals—one gold, three silvers, and two bronzes—from the biennial meet held in Malaysia.
And with grassroots league like the MIIS, Brennan sees that medal haul growing in the years to come.
"It's going up, there's nowhere else to go but up," the 25-year-old fencer said when asked about the future of the sport.
So while he shifts his focus on the World Cup in Tokyo in November, the Los Angeles-based fencer also made it his mission to inspire the younger generation of fencers, on whom the fate of Philippine fencing hinges.
And his presence in the tournament also organized by national team coach Amat Canlas where fencers from different schools and universities participated is his first step towards achieving that goal.
"I think the future of Philippine fencing is on fire. We're gonna make something happen," he said.