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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Oct. 10, 2022
The A-1 Fencing Club
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Local Fencer Wins Gold at October North American Cup in Minneapolis
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Jane Smith, a 15-year-old fencer from Forest Grove who trains at The A-1 Fencing Club in Townview has earned a gold medal at the October North American Cup a prestigious fencing tournament in Minneapolis.
The annual tournament welcomes the best fencers in the country to compete for gold in their chosen weapon: foil, epee or saber. Smith’s gold comes in Cadet Women's Saber — an event for fencers 17 and under. Saber is one of three weapons in fencing and known for its "hack and slash" style because fencers can use the entire blade to score a touch.
"I've been training hard over the summer so I could get a good start to the fencing season," Smith says. "The moment I realized I had won gold I just got this huge rush of emotions. I've never felt anything like it."
Smith started fencing at A-1 in 2019 and enjoyed the mental and physical challenges that are unique to the sport. With competitive opportunities at the local, divisional, regional, national and international levels, fencers can test themselves against the best in a sport with lifelong benefits to its athletes.
"It was actually watching an Pirates of the Caribbean movie that got me interested in sword fighting," Smith says. "I would always dress as a pirate for Halloween, and I guess I just didn't want to put that sword down. Fencing gives me an outlet for that and has become so much more."
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USA Fencing is the national governing body for the Olympic and Paralympic sport of fencing in the United States. Our mission is to grow and promote the sport of fencing in the United States, honor its rich traditions, and achieve sustained competitive international excellence. In USA Fencing, our athletes are strong and competitive both on the fencing strip and in life — a reminder that fencing provides physical and mental benefits that last a lifetime.
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