Beaverton fencing center attracting global talent

Beaverton fencing center attracting global talent

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by Wayne Havrelly

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Posted on August 13, 2012 at 7:52 AM

BEAVERTON -- At the Northwest Fencing Center in Beaverton on Sunday, fencers wore uniforms from places like France, Brazil, Costa Rica, and Canada.  It can be easy to forget you're in Oregon. 

"The U.S. is a new country coming up on the international scene," said Sebastian Dos Santos the U.S. Olympic coach for men's epee fencing. 

Dos Santos lives in Portland and previously coached Olympic teams in Brazil and his home country of France.

Fresh back from the London Olympics, Dos Santos said his favorite Olympic moments were watching Beaverton's Mariel Zagunis carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremonies and coaching Portland's Seth Kelsey to within a sudden death point of a bronze medal. 

Now he's already looking for the next Olympic hero right here in Oregon along with his assistant coach Cody Mattern who competed in Beijing and Athens and also lives in Portland.

"We're looking for someone who works hard and is determined," said Mattern.

Oregon has a passion for fencing and clubs here have managed to attract Olympic stars from around the world.  Two of the greatest French fencers of all time, Remy Delhomme and Jean Francoise Dimartino were in Beaverton Sunday sharing secrets with Oregon fencers. 

The Brazilian fencing team is also in town considering training for the Rio Olympics in Beaverton at the Northwest Fencing Center.

"Even though it's their host Olympics, they want to be here because they see the talent being produced here," said Mattern.

Coach Dos Santos welcomes international programs to Oregon. 

"It pushes everyone to greater heights," he said.    

The Northwest Fencing Center is already the training center for the U.S. National Fencing team.

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