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AFRICAN AMERICANS AND THE ART OF FENCING
« on: January 21, 2007, 07:59:02 pm »
Black youth study under Olympian Peter Westbrook and become country's top fencers.
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The face of fencing is changing. Once thought to be an aristocratic European sport, Peter Westbrook is adding color to the lily-white swashbuckling art of swordplay.

He might be the only Black to hold a bronze medal in Men's Sabre from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, to date, but if he has anything to do with it, he won't be the last!

Westbrook is using the art he once called "that strange White sport" to enhance the lives of New York's urban youth just as it did for him. In 1991, he founded the Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF), a not-for-profit organization based in New York that uses the sport of fencing to nurture inner-city youth academically, socially and athletically.

This year Westbrook's students qualified for the Olympics in all three weapons-sabre, foil and epee. Siblings Keeth and Erinn Smart, who qualified for Men's Sabre and Women's Foil respectively for a second consecutive Olympic team; Kamara James (Women's Epee) and Ivan Lee (Men's Sabre) make up a third of the U.S. Olympic team in Athens, Greece. They are also the medal contenders.

"My prediction is that my kids, this one (Olympics) preferably, or the next one, will bring home the next medal for the United States," says Westbrook, the last American to medal in fencing in 20 years. "Hopefully it'll be this one, but I told them a year ago I didn't want to put any pressure on them. I told them this one or the next one."

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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2007, 10:13:51 am »
Thanks for that info, SI. 

My dad used to teach fencing.  When I look back, I just wish I had let him teach me.
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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2007, 12:21:13 pm »
Thanks for that info, SI. 

My dad used to teach fencing.  When I look back, I just wish I had let him teach me.

yeah, like me and tennis. 

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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2007, 12:52:55 pm »
I always wanted to learn fencing. But how many people were around to teach a young black kid fencing in the deep south? :(

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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2007, 12:53:13 pm »
zulu, i wanted to learn fencing when i was in high school.
when i got to UGA, i said that i was gonna join the fencing team.
i saw one of their meetings but i never went to one.
don't ask why... but i should have but didn't.
oh well.

i guess i wanted to be a swashbuckler.


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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2007, 03:23:42 pm »
I know chinese broadsword and straightsword, and I always wanted to do kendo...

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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2007, 04:34:39 pm »
....I wonder-- just based on the title, if this thread were on another board would people assume the discussion was about swordfighting?
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Re: BLACKS IN FENCING
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2007, 08:13:59 pm »
i had to reread the title to get what you're talkin' about.
hahahahha


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