“On 22 and 23 August, fencing history will be made when a national competition is held for the first time ever in the Eastern Cape,” announced EC Fencing President and head coach Jessica Raper. The city of choice is Nelson Mandela Bay as the most fencers reside here. The venue is the NMMU Missionvale campus.
This competition will also see the launch of the FENCING WITH HEART project where fencers will donate tins of baked beans and pilchards to the Missionvale Care centre.
The target is to collect 1000 tins during the two days of fencing, and the organisers are inviting communities, schools, churches to help them in this history making event. DIBA, the sports mascot of NMMU will support and engage with this cause.
“Entry is free plus a tin/s of food as we want to introduce families to this exciting sport for all. Fencing helps with focus, critical thinking and problem solving skills and is great fun. It is an Olympic sport and also known as physical chess”, said Raper. “Even Mark Zuckerberg did fencing!”
The hall is huge and an ideal floor space to fence on, leaving plenty of space to fill with friends and family.
All visiting fencers have been told that Port Elizabeth is the “Friendly City” and many have not been here before. It will be wonderful if the friendly people of PE do support our local fencers us in achieving this first time ever milestone.
The competitions start on both days at 9:00 with new competitions every hour. The main events for NMB fencers are at 9:00, 11:00 and 13:30. Day one is for men and day 2 for women. PE Fencers specialize in Epee fencing which is a very safe and prestigious sport.
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Article source: http://mype.co.za/new/fencing-with-heart/52706/2015/08