Volume 95, Issue 37

Wednesday, November 7, 2001
 
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SPORTS

Ruggers lose a close final

The golden stroke

Western remains unbeaten

Sunday sporting extravaganza

Fencing is slashing good fun

Fencing is slashing good fun

This past weekend, Western students headed to Kingston brandishing courage and swords. No, they weren't involved in a jailbreak at Kingston Penitentiary. Rather, the Royal Military College invitational fencing tournament.

Western fencer Gregory Cutten explained the magnitude of the tournament. "It's the largest [fencing tournament] in North America that I know of, there are 155 teams there. It's a very international event," he said.

The Western women struggled with the swords, but the men were able to place second in the foil and sabre categories.

Cutten said the goals of this year's squad are largely promotional. "We want to carry on the tradition. We've done very well in years past at Ontario University Athletics finals bringing home many medals. Unfortunately, it's gone unnoticed by most of the student body. We want to change that – this year is all about public relations," Cutten said.

According to Cutten, there are some alluring aspects to fencing.

"The honour, skill and courage [are attractive]. The mystique of sword play is also a drawing point. This is the only sport that I know of where you salute your opponent and the referee before your match," he said.

Cutten also pointed out the sport takes a great deal of skill, but size and age are often irrelevant. "A fifty-year-old man with a trick back can dismantle a person in his 20s with their skill alone," he said.

One person on the Western team that takes the courage part seriously is Derek Rhodenizer. Cutten said Rhodenizer's heart came through when he was on the verge of winning a semifinal saber match and his problematic knee flared up.

"[Rhodenizer] had to be carried off and the trainer suggested that he not return. He didn't want to leave his team in a lurch so he limped back out there and got the two points he needed right off," Cutten said.

Cutten said while Rhodenizer was not able to participate in the final match, where the team earned the silver, his courage sent a resounding spark of inspiration to his teammates.

–Ryan Dixon


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