En Guard! Grab Your Lam! The USACFC Fencing Championships are Coming to Knoxville
Many are Hoping to Foil Their Competition
Media Alert    September 25, 2013

(September 25, 2013) - "Touché'" says Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas, while she learns the lingo for fencers since Visit Knoxville is announcing that the World's Largest Collegiate Fencing Tournament is coming to Knoxville in the spring of 2014.

The United States Association of Collegiate Fencing Clubs (USACFC) expects approximately 700 fencers to compete in the spring championships in April 2014 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

"We are excited that a sport that is becoming more popular among the public is coming to Knoxville," said Bumpas. "We worked diligently with our local club and are confident the athletes will enjoy Knoxville."

The teams endure two days of grueling competition in sabre, foil, and pe, as the overall team champions are determined by the results of the three squad events.

Joshua L. Mertz of the Smoky Mountain Fencing Club adds, "One of the missions of the USACFC is to grow the sport of fencing, and holding the Championships in Knoxville may serve as a catalyst to increase interest in the few fencing clubs in the area. "

The event is free to the public and will take place on April 5-6, 2014 at the Knoxville Convention Center.

For more details about the USACFC Fencing visit http://usacfc.org/.


To schedule a media interview, please contact Erin Donovan at edonovan@knoxville.org