Well that was a successful day. Peach put on a clinic, the kids got plenty of action, the quality of fencing in the open was excellent, all the teams won at least one match, and I think everyone went home happy.
If you didn't stick around for the team event, you missed a lot of fun. You know sabers make a lot of noise: multiply it by three and you're still not up to a team match, since the teammates (many of whom wouldn't yell if they were fencing an individual bout) yell just
I drove up to Liberty for a women's sabre tournament. The preregistration was not quite 15, and I knew at least one person was preregistered who often does not come, so I wasn't surprised that we had only 11. Liberty has a nice facility, and it's a pretty direct route from my house. Also, Marshal hires good referees, and we had Charles Greene and Brad Baker. abouttothunder was there, which was nice because we could strip-coach one another in the DEs. Mary Malecki had come too, and so we had
Updated 07-21-2014 at 08:39 AM by Peach
Thunder was right on target again with her topic. I picked up a bunch of new bruises Friday, courtesy of a teen who must have figured I was a matador the way he was charging at me. He was even hitting hard in warm-up drills. My arm and chest are more leopard than zebra now.
Then today was Lehigh Valley Sportsfest. It's not a real serious tournament, but it is a great showcase for the sport. When I went there as parent last year, I spent a lot of time explaining to passers-by
Perhaps a little too literally.
I am staring down the barrel of retirement so I'm viewing this as the year that I'm pulling out all stops and doing everything I think I will ever want to do. Pan Am. New equipment. New warm-ups that I don't really need or even necessarily want.
This post is more to help keep myself on track than to serve as an enlightenment for others but here goes:
Things done for Pan Am thus far:
This is a brief blog entry. Basically, if you're on the team, you receive an e-mail from our liaison in the US Fencing office, Grant Jones. He is new to the job, and learning as he goes. I met him in Columbus, and he seemed pleasant and personable. He's the one who is saddled with the job of communicating with us, and he will be doing his best. Remember that we are not his only job, though. He is the Sports Performance and Development Manager, and he has other things to do, so if he doesn't
Updated 07-19-2014 at 05:17 PM by Peach