Move afoot to get fencing in schools

Move afoot to get fencing in schools

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica Fencing Federation (JFF) is moving to introduce the sport of fencing in schools across country.
"Fencing has a very bright future in Jamaica and to help spread the message about the sport, officials from JFF have started talks with the Inter Secondary Schools Association (ISSA)," said JFF advisory board member Christopher Samuda, who also heads the Jamaica Paralympic Association.
Samuda has not given a date when the programme is to begin but has indicated that it will be “in the near future”.
"The main aim is to have fencing in schools and at then at club level in Jamaica," he said.
Samuda was speaking at Jamaica House where members of the JFF recently paid a special visit to Natalie Neita-Headley, Minister without portfolio with responsibility for sports.
Members of the JFF team presented a fencing epee to the minister.
Headley in receiving the gift said she was encouraged by the inroads the JFF was making to enhance the sports of fencing.
President of Federation James McBean said he was “motivated by the level of support given by the minister”.
McBean said part of the short-term goal is to build the administrative capacity of the organisation.
"We are in the process of securing funding so that we can have the correct and strategic team that can propel us forward," he said.
He said the JFF was also moving to developing avenues where the Federation could secure coaches as part of efforts to nurture local talent.
The JFF four months ago was able to secure the services of Jean Pierre, a French national, who is now the country’s first fencing coach.
McBean said Pierre who came to the island with over 30-years experience would help to prepare representatives of the country who are hoping to represent the country at 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
Jamaica Fencing Federation is recognised by the International Fencing Federation.
Kimmo Matthews

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