Holy Trinity to host first-ever high school fencing championship


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Holy Trinity junior Mason Sands is expected to be one of at least 35 competitors to take part in the Central Florida High School Championship Sunday in the school's gymnasium.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The first-ever fencing tournament strictly for Florida high school students will take place Sunday at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy.

Though the event is billed as the Central Florida High School Championship, there will be male and female fencers coming from as far away as Tampa, Gainesville, Naples and Tallahassee to compete in foil and epee.

The event is scheduled to run from 9 am. to 5 p.m. in the Holy Trinity gym.

“The most important thing is that we start now,” said Daniel Bucur, one of three event organizers. “This is the first ever high school fencing championship for the state of Florida. We want to open it up for the whole state.

“… We’re hoping that, since this is the first time we’re doing this, that we’ll be well organized and make a good impact on fencers and the word will spread. Then next year when we do this, more kids will sign up.”

The tournament is not sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association, but Bucur hopes there will be a day when fencing will become a varsity sport.

Bucur, who started a fencing club at Holy Trinity last August, owns and operates Genesis Fencing Club in Melbourne. He teamed with Greg Arthur of the Iron Works Fencing Club in Viera and Jim Lane, who is the Vice Chairman of the Central Florida Division of the United States Fencing Association to put on the event.

If it is successful, Bucur sees the potential for several hundred fencers to converge on the area for the tournament.

Can you imagine if all the fencers at the high school level were to participate? We would have a few hundred, easy,” he said. “We’re very excited about it.

“…For the first time, I think this is actually a pretty big thing. Right here in Melbourne, out of the whole state, we’re the ones who put this together for the first time ever. That’s pretty cool here locally for us.”