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DOUGLAS Sholto

foil
Rank53
Pts29.00
Age23
HandL

Personal Information

Residence Sydney, NSW, AUS

Occupation Information Technology, Student

Languages English, French, Mandarin

Higher education Commerce, Engineering - University of Sydney: Australia

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at school in 2008.

Why this sport? "I tried it out because I hadn't yet found a sport I loved. What initially drew me to it was the whole mental game of working out your opponents. [When I started training] with [coach] Antonio Signorello at the end of 2009, is when I really fell in love with the sport."

Club / Team New South Wales Fencing Centre: Australia

Name of coach Antonio Signorello [club], ITA; Hugh Cotman [club], AUS

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hero / Idol Italian fencer Andrea Cassara. (rio2016.olympics.com.au, 11 Dec 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Two things cripple Australian fencing, the fact that we aren't professional athletes like most competitors who train essentially full-time, and have their travel and training expenses fully covered. And it's hard to find strong opponents to improve against due to our geographic isolation. I can't help these, but I can ensure that I try and train harder and smarter in the time I do have. In the end, the fact that I love what I'm doing, while others treat it like a job, may end up making the difference." (corporate.olympics.com.au, 06 Nov 2015)

Awards and honours He was named the 2015 Fencer of the Year in New South Wales, Australia. (sydneyacademyoffencing.net, 25 Jan 2016)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (corporate.olympics.com.au, 01 Aug 2017; rio2016.olympics.com.au, 06 Nov 2015)

Other information ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DESIGNER
During his double degree in commerce and engineering, he studied artificial intelligence and machine learning for a semester in Beijing, People's Republic of China, at the Tsinghua University. Since 2018 he has also done internships with AI companies. He expected to graduate in 2019. "I want to help build Australia's artificial intelligence ecosystem, and a big focus will be trying to take that energy in China and spark some of it back here." (dfat.gov.au, 23 May 2019; Linkedin profile, 01 Feb 2018; corporate.olympics.com.au, 14 Dec 2017)

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