Our last Leaving the Nest athlete is Alex. Alex is an epee fencer who has fenced off and on for quite some time. He has a natural athletic ability that coincides great with his coachable manner and friendly disposition.#NWFC #fencing #epeefencer #portland
Ronan Scout started fencing in 2020, just before the global pandemic. He enjoyed epee from the very first jab! Although his start into fencing was stopped by the pandemic, he eagerly re-joined fencing when his family was able. He has especially enjoyed joining the CORE group this year and his lessons with Michael, and forming friendships with his fellow fencers.
Kira attended an NWFC Fencing camp one summer when she was eight, as part of our “Pentathlon Summer,” which included fencing, horseback riding, orienteering, and swimming. Later that fall, she asked if she could, “Go back to that place with the swords,” and she’s been fencing ever since. Initially trained in foil, Kira found her passion when she switched to epee and began competing. Kira has been recruited to Denison University as a member of their women’s varsity epee squad. A passionate member of NWFC Fencing for Girls, Kira believes strongly in mentorship among athletes to encourage girls to fence. Beyond the piste, Kira is a talented artist and writer, having won national awards in both. She plans to study International Relations, Global Commerce, and German at Denison University.
I first began fencing through an NWFC outreach program at my school. From there, I went to a youth camp over the summer, and the next thing I knew, I was fencing four days a week and flying to competitions every few months. The athletes, coaches, parents, and staff that make up the community of NWFC have had a profound and positive effect on me, both on and off the strip, and I look forward to taking what I’ve learned from all of my experiences here with me into the next stage of my life.