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  • 2016 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

    2016 Winter/Spring Class Schedule

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    Dear Darien Parents: Our fall/winter semester is just about to end and we wanted to congratulate all of our fencers on a great first half of the year. Over the past three and a half months, everyone has worked very hard to learn the basics of footwork, bladework and strategy. We had several internal competitions and competed as a unit in the Candlewood Holloween tournament where we got valuable competitive experience and even won a medal or two! Congratulations on that. We have some great plans in store for the upcoming semester with Coach Dima offering more private lesson time, upgrades to our scoring devices and a few more tournaments where we will represent Darien and go for the gold in multiple age categories.   The following dates constitute the 2016 winter/spring class schedule: 1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 6/5, 6/12, 6/19   There are a total of 19 […]

  • It’s four years of fun for the Darien Fencing Club

    It’s four years of fun for the Darien Fencing Club

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    FENCING The Darien Fencing Club for Kids is in its fourth year and going strong. With over 150 area youngsters having gone through the program, the club has also produced a fencer who has won a national tournament, just last summer. And a former Beijing Olympian is coaching classes, while the popularity of the sport grows, as indicated by the numbers showing up to safely flail away with the foils. Ref:http://www.darientimes.com/9943/duels-rule-its-four-years-of-fun-for-the-darien-fencing-club/

  • Armonk teen Sylvie Binder wins gold at national fencing tournament

    Armonk teen Sylvie Binder wins gold at national fencing tournament

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    Sylvie Binder, 13, of Armonk, won the gold medal in the 14-and-under women’s foil at the United States Fencing Association’s Super Youth Circuit fencing tournament held Jan. 5 in Durham, N.H. Binder, who went into the tournament ranked No. 12 nationally in her age category, bested a field of 61 fencers from all over the country. Her ranking is expected to improve as a result of the win, her father, Jeffrey, said. Binder’s next test will come at the United States Fencing Association’s North American Cup beginning Jan. 18 in Louisville, where she will compete among older fencers, including several Olympians from the 2012 London Games. In February, she is expected to compete at the USFA’s Junior Olympic competition in Baltimore. Binder is in the 8th grade at H.C. Crittenden Middle School in Armonk. She trains at the Fencing Academy of Westchester in Hawthorne with coach Slava Grigoriev, a two-time Olympian. Fencing champion Sylvie Binder with her gold medal. (Jan. 10, 2013) […]

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    World Champion Fencer Sylvie Binder

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  • Parents of Aspiring Olympians Wrestle With the Cost, TD Ameritrade Finds

    Parents of Aspiring Olympians Wrestle With the Cost, TD Ameritrade Finds

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      Raising an Olympian can be expensive, and TD Ameritrade (AMTD) wants to help. The online brokerage, a sponsor of the Olympics, announced on Monday the findings of a new survey that says many parents put their own savings and financial needs on the back burner to pay for youth sports. The lesson, though, isn’t to give up on dreams of making it to the Olympics or professional sports, according to Carrie Braxdale, managing director of investor services at TD Ameritrade. Parents should commit to finding the right balance. Based on responses to the survey, parents believe participating in sports teaches life lessons, boosts confidence and provides health benefits through regular exercise. Families also find sports to be fulfilling. Parents said they enjoy watching their children excel in sports, and they can bond with kids over a shared interest. Parents spend an average of $100 to $500 a month per child on competitive sports, TD Ameritrade said. Nearly 20% spend […]

  • Junior Olympic Medalist

    Junior Olympic Medalist

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    Great athletes have an uncanny ability to separate. Separate the moment from their environment, their conscious thoughts from their actions and even one part of their personality from the rest. We recently met up with Liana Henderson Semel a kind and articulate sixteen-year-old, Junior Olympic Silver Medalist in Women’s Foil. Inside the Fencing Academy of Westchester, her home base for training, we spoke about her commitment to fencing, her coaches and teammates, and how singing in a jazz ensemble, doing research in genetics, writing and just being a teenager at Horace Greely High School in Chappaqua, New York all fit together. Visit the Fencing Academy of Westchester at FenceWestchester.com. Here Head Coach and Director Slava Grigoriev has brought together an incredible international coaching staff filled with former Olympians and World Champions. His program is dedicated to helping all students gain self-confidence, coordination and the focus necessary to realize their full potential as athletes.

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