New Zealand has had very few memorable moments in international fencing, but Melody Ann Coleman (known to everyone as Dot) provided the best of them at the 1962 Perth Empire Games.Coleman defied the intense heat and humidity to score a surprise win in the foil competition. Fencing was on the Empire/Commonwealth Games schedule from 1950-70.

Coleman, an Auckland postie, was a big name in New Zealand fencing in the early 1960s, having won the national foil title in 1961, but until her heroics in Perth, was virtually unknown in wider sports circles. She was one of the least recognised members of the New Zealand team when it arrived in Perth, though that changed when she defied the classy English fencers to win New Zealand's first gold of the Games.

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Melody's Games History