Fencing Mask - Allstar, circa 1970s Object Reg. No: SH 000082

Fencing mask made by Allstar. It was used by Australian fencing champion, Greg Benko. Born in 1952 to Hungarian parents Greg Benko began fencing at the age of 12, when he was 'discovered' by Olympic Coach Mike O'Brien in a physical education class at Bentleigh High School. He currently (2010) remains Australia's best-placed Olympic fencer, coming 6th in the individual foil in the Montreal Olympics in 1976, and is one of only two Australian men to win the open national title for all three weapons (foil, epée and sabre ) in a single year.
Oval shaped fencing mask designed to fit over the face and scalp of the user. Face is covered by a oval shaped metal mesh dome, which is padded around the scalp and chin areas and around the inner edge. Across the top is stretch a cloth sweat band. Attached to the mask is a curved metal mesh scalp and ear guard which is padded around the ear area. A rivet is attached to the top of the guard, and a padded chin protector it attached to the bottom.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Lazslo Benko, 2000
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 22.00 cm (Height), 21.00 cm (Width), 32.50 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: sport, immigration, fencing, migration settlement, olympic games melbourne 1956, hungarian communities, hungarian immigration
Themes this item is part of: Leisure Collection, Migration Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: SPORT
Secondary Classification: Fencing
Tertiary Classification: equipment
Inscriptions: Printed on sweat band: allstar
Manufacturer: Allstar, England, Great Britain, circa 1970s
User: Mr Greg Benko, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970s

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