Fencing Tournament, Demonstration Planned at WWU

A William Woods University student and an alumnus will be among fencers from St. Louis, Kansas City and Lincoln, Neb., who will demonstrate their sport during a tournament at WWU next week.

The matches will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in the Helen Stevens Sports Complex on campus, with an expo at 1 p.m. The entire event is free and open to the public.

The idea for a fencing tournament originated with Sarah Bush, a sophomore from Lincoln, Neb., who has been fencing for six years. She will be the only William Woods student involved; however, Lorie Young, a WWU alumnus from Kansas City, Mo., will also show her skills.

Several coaches, including Cassidy Kovanda, Epee coach for the Lincoln Fencing Club in Lincoln, Neb., and Bruce Sikes of St. Louis will be around to help.

The main reason for the expo is to gain attention for the sport and determine interest in possibly creating a fencing club or class at the universi

There will be enough equipment for the public to participate, and everyone is encouraged to attend.

“This is a once in a lifetime chance to see this fencing talent,” said Nathan Reid, a WWU student who works in the school’s Weider Fitness Center.