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Middle GA Fencers Finish Season in Good Form
Middle GA Fencers Finish Season in Good Form

Fencers from the Middle Georgia area wrapped up the season with a flurry of tournaments during the last 2 weekends in June.

The Middle Georgia Schools Fencing Association completed its inaugural season with its championship held in Warner Robins Georgia.  High school and middle school students from the Middle Georgia area competed in the mixed individual foil competition.  The competition was limited to foil as it was the only event class authorized for the MGSFA’s inaugural season.  According to MGSFA Executive Director, James Taylor “I am hoping more schools in the area will see the advantages of fencing for their students academically and physically. As the association membership grows to include other schools in the Middle Georgia, we will add epee and sabre events, accordingly, as interest grows.  Each school can select which event classes they want their students to be involved in.  Hopefully that will be all three.”

The event included male and female students from Jasper, Bibb, Peach, and Houston counties.  Antonio Lewis-Ross, a graduating senior from Westside High School (Bibb County) finished in First Place.  Tyler Carter (Jasper County HS) took 2nd.  Jared Rimmer Hale Academy (Houston County – home school) placed 3rd.  Timmy Postelwaite (Jasper County HS) also tied for 3rd.

Fencers from the Warner Robins Fencing Society also closed out the season with distinction at the 2011 Georgia Games held in Marietta, GA.  WRFS placed 2nd in the Mixed Foil Team event.  The team consisted of Cynthia Logan (team captain), Clinton Harrison (WRFS assistant foil instructor), and Wesley Roberts (Ft. Benning - Columbus GA).  Logan, Roberts, and Harrison placed 9th, 10th and 14th in the individual foil event, respectively.  At the Georgia State Fencing Championships, Antonio Lewis-Ross of WRFS placed 15th in the Men’s Epee event.

The Warner Robins Fencing Society also provided a unique experience for 28 teenagers attending the summer camp offered by The Office of Adolescent Health and Youth Development (AHYD).  WRFS introduced fencing to the youth, many of whom were unfamiliar with the Olympic sport.  This camp is a program of the Georgia Division of Public Health, North Central Health District (5-2which consists of 13 Middle Georgia counties. 

The goals of the program are to inform and educate youth between the ages of 10 and 19.  The AHYD provides accurate information and decision-making skills in the following priority risk behaviors:  Obesity/Nutrition, Violence/Injury Prevention, Alcohol & Substance Abuse, Teen Sexuality, and Physical Fitness.

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