Isabella Burgess

Students take a stab at fencing with new club

SHEPHERDSTOWN – Gather your protective gear and your foils, epees or sabres, because Shepherd has a new fencing club.

Isabella Burgess, a junior biology major, started a fencing club to spread her love of the sport.

“Fencing is fun, ridiculously so, and we’re trying to let students know that,” Burgess said.

Fencing is a sport for fighting with swords, specifically foils, epees, and sabres. The club will talk, do drills, bouts and give each other advice on how to do better, to increase their fencing skills.

According to Burgess, there is a lot of protective gear to keep people safe while they fence.

The meetings will start being held in March on Thursdays from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in the Butcher Center, room 221. The advisor of the club is Esperanza Alzona.

“Fencing is fantastic for a lot of reasons, but one thing that I think is really important is that you don’t need to be physically gifted to be a good fencer.  Height, weight, age—they don’t make a difference like they do elsewhere,” Burgess said.

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