Gabriel Weininger of the Illinois Fencers Club (IFC) took the gold medal for first place in Senior Mixed Epee at the recently held Metro Chicago Epee and Saber Tournament which took place in Northbrook, Illinois. Andrew Stencil and Alexsandr Heber also of IFC earned 3rd and 9th places respectively.
IFC fencers also participated in the Annual Memorial Weekend Championship at FCC in Park Ridge, Illinois. Eric Stark took the third place medal while Jack Gilman finished fifth.
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Illinois Fencers Club offers a wide range of fencing classes for beginners, intermediate, advanced, and competitive fencers. They are open to members and the public. Fencing equipment (jackets, gloves, masks, and weapons) is furnished free, however, most advanced students elect to own their own equipment. All classes are held at Lions Recreation Center in Mount Prospect.
The IFC Youth Program is athlete-centered with a holistic approach to student development. Its dual focus promotes athletic progress as well as personal growth. The club provides a fun and safe environment, so that participants can enjoy a gradual learning experience. The positive class atmosphere created by the coaches allows students to master the sport of fencing while learning self-awareness, the skills needed to appropriately navigate social interactions, life lessons about cooperation and competition, and how to handle winning and losing in a healthy manner. Our high school graduates move on to some prestigious universities such as Duke, MIT, Northwestern, Notre Dame, and Purdue.
The Illinois Fencers Club promotes and teaches the Olympic sport of fencing to students of all ages and skill levels and provides a friendly venue for members to practice their sport. It is a member operated non-for-profit sports association that has been serving beginning, recreational, and competitive fencers for more than 40 years. The club meets in the Lions Recreation Center, 411 S. Maple St., Mt. Prospect, IL and can be found at www.IFCfencing.org and on their Facebook page.