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Washington Fencing Academy’s Mark Lundborg, Ellen O’Leary Win National Championship Titles
WFA Fencers Lundborg, O’Leary, Gueble Headed to Cairo for World Championships on the USA Fencing Veteran’s World Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 30, 2019—Mark Lundborg, fencer and CFO of Issaquah’s Washington Fencing Academy (WFA), has won a national championship in veteran men’s individual saber at the 2019 USA Fencing National Championships in Columbus, Ohio. The 59-year-old athlete has numerous national medals to his name, but this is the first gold medal at a national championship. WFA fencer Ellen O’Leary, already a USA national champion, also took gold in veteran women’s 70-79 saber at the USA Championships.
Three members of the Washington Fencing Academy will trek to Cairo in October to compete representing the USA at the 2019 Veteran World Championships. O’Leary was pre-qualified due to previous successful wins during the 2018-2019 season, and WFA fencer Jeff Gueble also won a national medal by taking sixth place in veteran men’s 60-69 saber, qualifying him the team.
“I was nervous as hell, in the finals where I always wanted to be, my last chance at age 59, and I just went crazy,” said Lundborg. “It was an emotional, adrenaline-filled day.” Lundborg faced William Becker—a former board advisor to the WFA—in the final match, winning with a 10-3 score.
“This was a product of hard work he has done over the season, we’re all very proud of Mark as well as Jeff’s and Ellen’s achievements,” said Atilio Tass, WFA head coach. “I think they are all great examples of how adult veteran fencers are competing nowadays at a higher level. Their dedication is commendable.”
Saber is one of three fencing weapons, the other two being epee and foil. In fencing saber, competitors may strike valid points on their opponents above the waist. Touches may be made with the point or the side of the blade against an electrically conductive jacket (lame), and in the veteran rankings of fencing, elimination matches go to 10 points.
The USA Fencing National Championships include events for veterans, youths, and adults (“seniors”) in multiple age categories for all three weapons. It is the largest fencing tournament in the world, with nearly 100 events taking place annually over 10 days.
The Washington Fencing Academy, based in Issaquah, Washington, has been teaching and coaching fencing since 2003. The WFA has produced numerous national medalists and champions, and has introduced Olympic fencing to thousands of children, teens, and adults in the Pacific Northwest. WFA head coach Atilio Tass is a former Olympic saber fencer for Argentina and head fencing coach for Brown University.
WFA will be closed on Thursday, July 4th
Enjoy your holiday! If you regularly attend class on Thursdays, you are welcome to attend one of the other level appropriate classes that week.
New Epee Schedule Takes Effect July 1, 2019
Every year at this time, the WFA evaluates the number and proficiency of our students to help us determine the best classes to offer in the coming year. We do this to ensure that we are providing the most applicable classes for students as they progress in their training.
We have adjusted the schedule to take these needs into account. We have also adjusted to a 5:30 pm start in order to ensure that Coach Zsuzsi can arrive to the class after her non-fencing work. Please see the new schedule below, and feel free to contact Coach Zsuzsi if you have questions regarding which classes your students should be registered for. These changes have been reflected on the online class calendar.
Changes to the saber schedule are expected at the beginning of the next fencing season, at the beginning of September
Washington Fencing Academy is CLOSED on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day.
On this day, WFA thanks and honors the American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting and defending the country they deeply loved.
Students who normally attend classes on Monday are welcome to attend a class on a different day this week.
2019 Issaquah Spring Festival
It was a beautiful day out, and a great time was had by all at this year’s Issaquah Spring Festival. It was great to introduce fencing to the next generation of great fencers. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to help out, and to those that stopped by just to say hi! If you stopped by and got the fencing bug, we look forward to seeing you soon!
Meet WFA Epee Coach Susie! Click here for the full story …
Cinco de Mayo Saber Tourney!
In house (Unsanctioned & Unranked) Saber Tournament
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019
11:30: Y12 (ages 10-12)
1pm: Junior (ages 13-20)
Who: WFA students with at least 4 months experience in saber or permission of Coach Atilio. USA Fencing Competitive Membership is NOT required!
To Preregister: Log into your online account. Select the calendar, and view May 4th. Select the event you’d like to register for and enter in any required information!
Cost: $10 per competitor
Hope to see everyone there! Additional tournaments in March and June are in the planning phases. Check back for more information on them!
Checking in for classes
STUDENTS! Please remember to check in for your class. Unsure of which class you should check in for?
If you are taking a group lesson, check in for the appropriate lesson—beginner, competitive, etc.
If you are only there to practice, with no instruction from an instructor, select an “open fencing” option
If you are taking a private lesson, select the private lesson option with the appropriate instructor and age/duration category.
If you are unsure of how to check in, please ask an instructor!
USA Fencing All-Academic and All-American Teams
Applications for the 2019 USA Fencing High School All-Academic and All-American Teams are available now!
The deadline to apply is April 30, 2019.
These Honor teams recognize students in good academic standing and who have received or renewed their USA Fencing Ranking in the 2018-2019 Season. A great addition to college applications and resumes, inclusion in these teams help show what a well-rounded individual the student is. If you or your child is applying for acceptance on either of these teams and is a WFA member, please let Angie know!
WFA-Sanctioned Warm-Ups are Here!
Saturday, May 18th: Issaquah Spring Festival
10am-4pm in the Parking Lot in front of Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Washington Fencing Academy is once again taking part in the annual Issaquah Spring Festival. Come join us for some fun and help us spread the word about how great fencing is! Check your e-mail for information on how to sign up to help out.
New Resource for clubs, coaches, and parents!
USA Fencing has partnered with top sport experts to build free resources for sports clubs, coaches and parents to help foster a positive and healthy sport experience for kids in America.
On the 5th of each month, new resource articles and tips will be posted with a total of 32 resources to for parents of youth athletes. The program is a collaborative effort between USA Fencing, the U.S. Olympic Committee and 12 National Governing Bodies, including USA Hockey, the U.S. Tennis Association, USA Swimming and more.
We’ve gone digital!
Digital check in has arrived! WFA members can pick up your new WFA ID cards at the school. These ID cards will make signing into your class a cinch!
Individuals wishing to join WFA or to try out a free introductory class can now sign up on line. Just go to our online portal to confirm your spot!