THIS STORY IN THE NEWS Will Wise, Aryana Abtin Are competing in Budapest All of the hard work, conditioning, training and lessons with coaches, bouting with teammates and competing at home and across the United States has culminated in dreams coming true for six fencers from Northwest Fencing Center. Cadet (Will, Aryana and Megan), Junior (Gregory Mitberg), Veteran (Cristina Ford) and Wheelchair (Vikki Espinosa) fencers are either on their way or putting the finishing touches on their preparations for international tournaments in Europe. Aryana Abtin – Cadet Women’s Foil Aryana started fencing in elementary school in an after school program run by NorthWest Fencing. She is currently ranked 17th in Cadet Women’s Foil in the United States. She was a member of the team that won the Silver Medal in Junior Women’s Foil at the Junior Olympic Championships in 2015. She also placed 28th in Cadet Women’s Foil at the
We are extremely proud of our graduating fencers, and will be introducing them over the next several weeks. If you see them, wish them well in their future endeavors! Megan Eno In 2008, I watched Mariel Zagunis win a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and told my parents that I wanted to be a fencer. My dad told me that he was not going to drive me up to Portland three to four days a week to fence. I was online a few months later and found out that Salem had its own salle and started fencing foil and epee at Salem Classical Fencing. For the last three years, I have been training in Beaverton with Cody and the NWFC family. I have been fortunate enough to earn several national medals and travel to some international competitions, but I am most thankful for the exceptional coaches and friends I
We are extremely proud of our graduating fencers, and will be introducing them over the next several weeks. If you see them, wish them well in their future endeavors! Julia Espinosa Julia began fencing at age 8 when a class was offered by NWFC at her elementary school. She came home after her first "Be a Musketeer" class excited and energized and ready to go back and do it again. She immediately proclaimed "I found my sport!" Her weapon is foil, and her best result thus far is third place at the 2015 Summer Nationals in the Div III Women's Foil event. In addition to fencing, she enjoys teaching summer campers, photographing fencing, and refereeing at local events.
Maître Leon Auriol 1927 – 2015Share this PostThe Northwest Fencing Center lost its founding father this week. I am sad to report that Leon Auriol passed away, but he left behind an incredible legacy for Pacific Northwest fencing. Leon came to America in 1963 and began his coaching career in the Seattle area after responding to an ad for a pentathlete fencing coach. In 1967 he received an invite from Colleen Olney (Bob and Michael Marx’s mom) to come to Portland. This began the era of Leon traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest to teach fencing. He had stops in Victoria BC, Seattle, and Portland. He taught in clubs, schools, and community colleges all around the area. In 1969, Rocky Beach established Salle Auriol in Portland Oregon. The original patch design for Salle Auriol on a green field (still used by Salle Auriol Seattle on a blue field) is Leon’s design.