The DFC services the youth fencing community in Fulton and DeKalb counties as the coaching staff trains the epee teams at numerous Georgia high schools, including Milton, Cambridge, Roswell and Dunwoody.
“We’ve seen an increase in the amount of young fencers in Georgia,” said Dr. Kathy Vail, the head coach at DFC. “The Georgia High School Fencing League has grown the fencing activity in our area.” Fulton high schools such as Alpharetta, Centennial, Chattahoochee and Johns Creek also have fencing programs.
The DFC has some of the area’s top prep fencers including Alpharetta’s Rachel Halper, the 2013 GHSFL Individual Women’s bronze medalist, and Kylie McFadden, of Milton, who finished in the top 10 in the same competition.
Last season, the DFC has the largest number of USA Fencing Academic All-America members in the nation. Furthermore, students from the Club have matriculated to NCAA teams such as St. Johns University, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke, Brown University, Columbia and the United States Air Force Academy.
“Our fencers are learning that our sport is attractive to colleges when they begin the application process,” said Vail.” Strong academic institutes value the characteristics the sport brings to their schools and the individuals in it.”
The host tournament on Saturday will be open to any participants and numerous pools of fencers will be placed in divisions such as under-14, under-12 and under-10. The final group will be an open division for fencers aged 14 and older. There will be a direct elimination tree to determine the winners and up to eight contests may take place at one time during the peak portions of the tournament.
The DFC has also found success in the youth training program as numerous fencers such as Dom Florio of Queen of Angels Catholic School and Woodward Elementary student Madeline Janowski are in first place on the USA Fencing Regional Rolling Points standings for the under-10 epee divisions within their respective categories. Jimmy Wallace of Fellowship Christian and Clary Bond are also in first place for the under-14 divisions within the same rankings. “Fencing skills such as concentration focus and athleticism translates to anything in life,” stated Vail.
Even within the midst of its 10th anniversary, the DFC continues to host fencers of all skill levels willing to compete within the sport. “We encourage anyone to try fencing and visitors are welcomed for free on their first visit,” said Vail. “We’ll provide equipment for beginners and show them how to get started in fencing.”
For more information about the Dunwoody Fencing Club, visit dunwoodyfencingclub.com.