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Southern California has a New World-Class Fencer on the Block
Southern California has a new world-class fencer to watch. Lydia Fabry-Mazorol, an Internet Marketing Consultant for Search Visible, Inc. and living in an area just north of Los Angeles, will be part of the 2011 US World Veteran Sabre Fencing Team.
By: Search Visible, Inc.
Coach Michael D'Asaro Jr., a native of Brooklyn, NY, is the son of legendary fencer/coach Michael D'Asaro Sr. Before retiring from competition in 1997, Michael was a member of the 1996 US Olympic Men’s Sabre Team, 1995 US Pan American Men’s Sabre team (earning a gold medal) , 1984 Junior World Team, 1987 World University Games Team, and multiple World Championship and World Cup Teams. Currently, D'Asaro Jr. coaches sabre, epee and foil fencers, both men and women, and was the National Coach for the US Wheelchair Fencing Team up to this last year.
Both just returned from Detroit, Michigan where the second US veteran fencing National event was held, referred to as a NAC (North American Cup), and where Lydia competed in both a Division II and Veteran events. National events, such as these, can include top Division I fencers, with this year including Olympic team members like Tim Morehouse and Rebecca Ward competing in sabre events, Division II, with fencers rated C and below, Wheelchair and Veteran Division levels with competitors in all 3 fencing weapons; foil, epee, and sabre.
Fabry-Mazorol took home the silver medal at her first NAC, losing by only one touch to the current reigning women's World Veteran Sabre Champion, Jane Eyre. Lydia then took a third-place bronze medal home after her second NAC. World veteran teams are determined based on the best two of three national tournaments. With a 2nd and 3rd place, this secures her position on the team. She says, "I will definitely compete in the last of the 3 national events. I don't take any of this for granted." Eyre too will make the team and is happy to see Lydia make a come back after all these years. She is excited that they will both be on the 2011 World Team representing the United States. The 3rd team member is expected to be Heidi Runyan, also from Southern California.
"It wasn't easy coming back to the sport," says Lydia. "So much has changed over the years. The timing and the style for women sabre fencers is so different from before. Not including the fact that my body reminds me that I am now in my 50's!" But, that's part of what allows her to be on the Veteran team. Veteran fencers must be aged 50 or older. Many have fenced for 15, 20, 30 or more years. Fabry-Mazorol fenced for 3 years beginning in her early 40's and it will be almost another year since her return. You can watch her and the results of all the US fencers on the US Fencing Association website: www.usfencing.org
You can also find Fabry-Mazorol and Coach D'Asaro at Salle D'Asaro: www.salledasaro.com