The Dominica Fencing Association held its first executive meeting for 2018 on Wednesday January 10. This was the second executive meeting post Hurricane Maria, and a special general meeting of its members was held on Saturday, January 6th, 2018
During these meetings plans were laid down for the year ahead with regards to plotting the way forward post Hurricane Maria, training camps, local, regional and international tournaments as well as training for coaches.
Although not one of the traditional sports locally, Fencing has made quite a bit of headway since the start of its activities in August 2014 with a summer camp which was hosted by Ecuadorian coach Alejandro Monge. Since then they’ve been having regular training and competitive sessions weekly; including hosting annual National Championships since 2015, and other smaller local competitions and training camps.
In June 2016, Cody Morris became Dominica’s first international fencer when he competed in the Pan American Senior Championships in Panama, where he achieved his first international ranking at this tournament. Currently his international ranking is 549 following his participation at the 2017 Pan American Fencing Championships in Montreal, Canada last June.
Another fencer who has risen in the ranks of local fencing is Marlon Marie who has qualified for this year’s Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, and also achieved his first International ranking of 537 at the 2017 Pan American Fencing Championships in Montreal last June.
One of the major events on the cards for The Dominica Fencing Association is participation in the Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia, in July/August 2018. Prior to that will be the Pan American Junior and Cadet championships this March 2018 in Costa Rica, and the Pan American Senior Championship which will be held in Cuba in June.
More news will follow from the Dominica Fencing Association as information comes to hand, but surely Fencing has become one of the fastest emerging sports on the island, with its current Executive Committee comprising of; Woodrow Woody Lawrence as President, Reginald St Havis Shillingford – Vice President, Jacob Alishaw – Secretary, Sandra Yankey – Treasurer, Marlon Marie – Assistant Secretary/Treasurer, Cody Morris -Athlete Representative/Coach, Vanessa Bruno – Public Relations Officer.
The Dominica Fencing Association has been a member of the International Fencing Federation since December 2010 and a member of the Olympic Committee since October 2013.