Sportsmanship Wins at the Fencing Tournament

  • Lower Division
Melanie Longenbach, Specialty Class Instructor

After-school intermediate and advanced fencing students gathered together at Avenues on a Sunday morning before spring break, eager to compete in their first intramural fencing tournament. Holding the tournament at the Avenues fitness center brought a sense of comfort to the students, even though it was a floor some had never ventured to before. What the children ­– ranging from 2nd through 6th grade – did know of the fitness center was that it’s a location where very tall, very great varsity fencers competed ferociously against other schools.  Now it was their turn to bring the fire into the very same room.

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But what did bringing the fire mean for them?  These were their classmates, (teammates, as we always refer to each other) as well as friends. And at this tournament they were to bring everything they knew and use it against their friends to win. 

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This was the inspiration for the tournament – to offer the after-school fencers a place where they could experience the emotional impacts of competing, yet in a familiar, forgiving, supportive setting. In this effort, we hoped to foster a commitment to discipline and sportsmanship during intense competitive bouts. That is the nature of fencing.

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This was a real competition, and the winners were presented with real awards.  The results were right on target (no pun intended).  The students brought their best and most fierce competitive spirit to the strip.  They brought strong emotions and skill demonstration. And students were excited knowing there was something on the line for either themselves or their teammates.  Motivation and inspiration through fencing with friends – a show of true sports spirit!

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