Last weekend, I had a great adventure in Durham, NC getting to know the fencers and team at Mid-South Fencers Club. I even got to fence in their first tournament at their new location! The Mid-South Fencers Club expanded into their new space two weeks and you could still smell the new paint. I met some great competitors and families from around North Carolina and even some neighboring states. Everyone was so welcoming and we got some great interviews for the film.
In between fencing and filming (literally, during my 10-minute DE breaks), we found that North Carolina does have a high school league but it works more like after school club. They only have foil for high school fencers, but clubs in the area do have all three weapons. It sounds like they want more fencing in their schools but there’s a lack of organization and funding to raise the levels of the school clubs. Oh, and some kind of state rule about sports not being recognized as varsity unless 20% of the schools in the state have the sport. So they would have to go from 11 teams to 90. Yikes. New Jersey doesn’t even have that. More investigation is needed, but it’s great to see that the fencing spirit is strong in North Carolina. Thanks again to Jen Oldham and Jeff Kallio for hosting me!