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    September 27, 2004      File #
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Fencing Club Hosts World-Class, Olympic Fencers This Week in Seminars, Tournaments

The SSU Fencing Club is hosting the Wine Country World Champion Fencing Seminar at the University in cooperation with Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates and the Sonoma Fencing Academy.

World-class and Olympic fencers will train with SSU students from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in the new Student Rec Center and from 9 a.m. - noon on Friday, Oct. 1 in the SSU Field House.

Fencing masters from all over the world are expected to attend. They include Simone Vanni, Italian National Fencing Team member and 2004 Olympic Gold Medal Winner in the Men's Foil Team event; Franck Boidin, 1996 Olympic Bronze Medal winner for France, and the six-time national champion of Israel, Tomer Or.

The SSU Fencing Club is also the host of the Kendall-Jackson International Fencing Tournament from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 in the SSU Gym. This high-level fencing tournament, now in its third year, features an exciting tournament with Olympic medalists and World Cup Champions vying for first place and a grand prize of $1500.

It is part of a fund-raising event for scholarships for students of Sonoma Academy. The SSU Fencing Club, headed by fencing master Jim Liebich, says he "is pleased to be contributing to such a worthwhile charity." Liebich is hoping to develop an SSU fencing team to compete on the collegiate level in the near future.

For more information on either event, visit, or All events are free and open to the public.

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