CSU, Chico News

Olympic Silver Medalist in Fencing To Give Talk, Compete in Tournament

Date: 09-23-2009

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Olympic silver medalist Tim Morehouse, the number-one ranked fencer in the United States, will give a motivational talk at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, in Acker Gym on the California State University, Chico campus as part of his participation in the 8th annual Sierra Nevada Open fencing tournament over the weekend. Morehouse’s talk is free and open to the public.

The tournament, sponsored by the Chico State Fencing Club and the North Coast Division, U.S. Fencing Association, will take place Saturday and Sunday and is free and open to the public. Fencing will start at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27.

Approximately 150 fencers are expected to participate in the tournament, including Morehouse, who will fence both days and be available to meet the public, show his medal, sign autographs and talk fencing with those in attendance.

Morehouse’s presentation Saturday evening is about what it takes to become an Olympian and will describe how the U.S. fencing team was able to succeed in Beijing.

The U.S. Fencing Team won six medals at the Beijing Olympics: a gold, three silver and two bronze medals in saber and foil. “Fencing is the fastest growing individual Olympic sport and is often described as ‘chess at 500 miles an hour,’ due to the high speed and strategic nature of the sport,” said Chico State Fencing Club President Greg Haugen. “Fencing is a sport that anyone can do.”

North Coast Division chair Margaret Brunelle said, “This event raises money so that we can educate and encourage people of all ages in the North Valley to learn more about, and to try, fencing. This event is also a unique opportunity for the community to watch fencing at a high level and meet an Olympian in person.”

The North Coast Division is the governing arm of the United States Fencing Association that covers California north of Sacramento. The Chico State Fencing Club is a recreational and competitive fencing club for CSU, Chico students.

The tournament local sponsors are Wells Fargo Bank and R. W. Knudsen. In addition, Morehouse’s talk is sponsored by the Associated Students of CSU, Chico. For additional information on the tournament or Morehouse’s visit, contact Kathryn Schifferle at 343-2773, e-mail myfencing@sbcglobal.net or visit www.sierranevadaopen.com.