Saturday, January 03, 2009


January News 2009

Hi…and Happy New Year! I hope everyone is enjoying this holiday time.

A quick update on activities going on a DFA for the month of January.

Junior Pentathlon Camp and Tournament:

Twenty junior pentathletes, ranging in age from 9-18, have been training here in the desert during the holiday break, December 26-January 2. The older pentathletes have participated in several World Cups and will be competing Saturday, January 3 in a UIPM sanctioned Junior Pentathlon. This is very exciting! Our own Cassie Bullock and Leah Price will be competing. This is also an international competition as we have fencers from Canada, Panama, and Great Britain.

They have been swimming at the Palm Springs Municipal pool, riding and shooting at Michael Cintas’ Equestrian Riding Center, and fencing at DFA.

Please know that you are all invited to come and watch the competition on January 3.

Competition Times and Venues:

8:00 a.m. to 11:00 am, fencing at College of the Desert

12 noon, swimming at Palm Springs Municipal Pool

2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, the run/shoot at the Equestrian Center, Rancho Mirage

5:00 pm to 5:30 pm, the equestrian ride at the Equestrian Center, Rancho Mirage

In addition to coming and watching the fencing at COD, and the other events, we could use some volunteer help in setting up the gym at COD for the event. We’ll start set up at 7:30 p.m. on Friday night and it will probably take us four hours as we are laying down two copper strips. On Saturday, we could use help with timing, scorekeeping and those ever important “gopher” activities and help with clean up after the fencing. We always need volunteer help to set up these kinds of tournaments, but it would be nice for as many of our fencers as possible to come and watch. Representatives of West Coast Pentathlon will be here, as well as some officials from the UIPM (the national governing body for the International Pentathlon).
It’s always impressive then the hometown club is on hand and in force.

My thanks to Russell Holtz, Christian Jiminez and Ann Barber for helping out all week and sparring with the pentathletes. They helped make the fencing portion of the camp be a great success.

Upcoming Tournaments:

Our next San Bernardino Division tournament will be Saturday, January 24 at Harvey Mudd College.

Wishing everyone, health, happiness, peace, prosperity and blissful fencing in the new year.

Leslie Taft
The Fencing Coach

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