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2017 Pan American Youth & Veteran Fencing Championships Slated For July In St. Thomas

FRIENDLY FENCING: Nzingha Prescod, U.S. Olympic fencer WILL NOT be at the event this summer. But one day your son or daughter might be just as successful as she is at fencing. Prescod was the first African-American woman to win an individual medal at the Senior World Championships. Daryl Homer of St. Thomas won a silver medal in fencing at the Rio Olympics last year.

 

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — Some 300 athletes from 34 different countries will take place in a multi-level fencing championship event in St. Thomas later this summer.

The 2017 Pan American Youth & Veteran Fencing Championships are scheduled to take place from July 23 to July 30 at the UVI Sports and Fitness Center in Charlotte Amalie West.

Coaches, family and friends can participate in the family-friendly event that will feature everyone from children to their parents and grandparents, organizers said.

The youth categories are for children between from eight to nine years old; children 10 to 11 years old; and children from 12 to 13 years old.

The veteran categories are for adults from 40 to 49 years old and adults from 50 to 59 years old and the supreme veterans who are 60 years old or older.

“We are so excited to host this event as it will showcase our state of the art sports facilities, our beautiful island and Virgin Islands hospitality in this Centennial Year celebration,” organizers said.

http://vifreepress.com/2016/08/st-thomas-daryl-homer-earns-historic-silver-medal-olympic-fencing/

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/08/22/nzingha-prescod-olympic-fencer

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands since 1989. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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