Reporter: Dan Cearns
Durham College will play host to some of the province’s best talent in the sport of fencing March 28-30, as they will hold the 2014 Ontario Fencing Association’s provincial championships at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
About 550 athletes from across the province will compete in the championships, with categories from youths 12 and under, to veterans 40 and over. Some of the competition is also separated by gender, as there will be male and female epee, foil and sabre competitions. Gold, silver and bronze will be available to the top three in each competition.
June McGuire, executive director of the OFA, said that the choice was clear when they were looking for a location.
“We did a Canada Games camp there in the summer and we really loved it, so we thought it was a good site to host the event,” she said.
She also said that they had an issue accommodating everyone when they were setting up the event because of how the sport has grown the last few years.
“It’s definitely growing, we’ve had more kids involved in the last few years,” McGuire said. “We couldn’t get the other gym, so we had to move the kids 12 and under to Lancast Media Centre in North York.”
The OFA has been holding the provincial championships every year since 1979, when the Not-for-Profit organization was created. The event is free for anyone to attend. Last year’s championships were held in Ottawa.
McGuire said she hopes that Durham College students will come out to view the games.
“There’s something going on all the time, as it runs from 8:30 to 8 each day,” she said. “It’s also free and is a good chance to learn a new sport.”