2018 Off with a Bang!


Slowinski (2nd from left) in Jacksonville 2018

The end of a year routinely sees a slow-down in trianing as folks depart for vacation, focus on holiday planning, and attend more parties than should be allowed in one month :). The academy remains fully open, until the week of Christmas, but our daily curriculum is relaxed a bit for all levels of training. Still, you wouldn’t think we stopped the routine beatings, based on the results of January!!

Maia Slowinski, currently ranked 2nd in Women’s Y14 Foil for the season in Region 6, took a road trip to D.C. She competed in the annual “Capitol Clash SYC” and finished 14th of 98!! After taking second in her pool with a single loss of 3-5, she raced through her direct eliminations, winning 15-14 and 15-8 in the rounds of 32 and 16 respectively. In the quarters, she met her match and lost to the eventual silver medalist, 8-15. Just “playing around”, she also took 38th of 106 in Y14 women’s epee.

More recently at JFC’s “River City Duel til You Drop”, Slowinski finished second in a small open event against some very tough competition. Fellow WGFA fencer, Nathaniel Vanetta (above right) also competed in the Y14 mixed foil event and advanced to quarters! Kelsey Beck, ranked 26th in Region 6, made the trip to compete in Y14 Foil and the Open, and also made it to the quarter finals!

Not a bad start to the new year, but we have so many more competitors who have yet to show their talents. There are several opportunities from now until the summer to put your training to the test. Get signed up, and play hard.

Winter Garden Fencing Academy, LLC 2017