(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – One of the world’s premier suppliers of fencing equipment and apparel, Absolute Fencing Gear® has signed on as the title sponsor of both of the senior international fencing tournaments that will be held in the United States in 2019.
Absolute Fencing Gear® will headline the FIE Grand Prix Anaheim in California for foil fencers from March 15-17 and the Salt Lake City Women’s Sabre World Cup from Jan. 25-27.
This will be the sixth consecutive Grand Prix in the United States that has been supported by Absolute as title sponsor, following foil Grand Prix events in 2017 and 2018 and saber Grand Prix tournaments from 2014-16.
Absolute also served as the title sponsor of the 2013 and 2014 Sabre World Cups in Chicago.
Owned by Gary Lu (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Amanda Ronning (Bridgewater, N.J.), Absolute Fencing Gear® has partnered with USA Fencing since 2012 as the organization’s official tournament equipment supplier and since 2017 as USA Fencing’s official tournament apparel supplier.
“Absolute Fencing Gear® has been an outstanding partner for the last six years and we couldn’t be more excited that Gary and Amanda are supporting not only one tournament this year, but two of the most prestigious events on the circuit,” said USA Fencing Executive Director Kris Ekeren (Littleton, Colo.)
In addition, Absolute Fencing Gear® directly supports many of Team USA’s top fencers, sponsoring a roster of Olympian and National Team members that includes saber fencers Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) and Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) and foil fencers Lee Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.), Miles Chamley-Watson (New York City, N.Y.), Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Gerek Meinhardt (San Francisco, Calif.) and Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.)
“It has been a great experience being a part of the evolution of fencing in the United States and bringing the top fencers in the world to compete on U.S. soil is just one way we can help grow the sport,” said Gary Lu who was an All-American foil fencer at Penn State during his days as a competitor. “We enjoy having the chance to support both USA Fencing and the sport as a whole as we all look to work together to take fencing to the next level.”
More than 300 of the top men’s and women’s fencers will compete at the Absolute Fencing Gear® FIE Grand Prix Anaheim in the one of three foil Grand Prix events to be held around the world with the others taking place in Torino and Shanghai. The tournament will be held for the second straight year at the Anaheim Convention Center, located just steps from Disneyland®.
The Absolute Fencing Gear® Salt Lake City World Cup will feature more than 150 of the best women’s saber fencers in the nation competing in both individual and team events. This year will mark the first time Salt Lake City has hosted a fencing World Cup after previously hosting some of the nation’s most prestigious events, including the 2017 USA Fencing National Championships.
Details regarding ticket sales will be announced in the coming months at www.usafencing.org.