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NWFC represents on the world stage

THIS STORY IN THE NEWS Will Wise, Aryana Abtin Are competing in Budapest All of the hard work, conditioning, training and lessons with coaches, bouting with teammates and competing at home and across the United States has culminated in dreams coming true for six fencers from Northwest Fencing Center. Cadet (Will, Aryana and Megan), Junior (Gregory Mitberg), Veteran (Cristina Ford) and Wheelchair (Vikki Espinosa) fencers are either on their way or putting the finishing touches on their preparations for international tournaments in Europe. Aryana Abtin – Cadet Women’s Foil Aryana started fencing in elementary school in an after school program run by NorthWest Fencing. She is currently ranked 17th in Cadet Women’s Foil in the United States. She was a member of the team that won the Silver Medal in Junior Women’s Foil at the Junior Olympic Championships in 2015. She also placed 28th in Cadet Women’s Foil at the
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Cody Mattern is inducted into the US Fencing Hall of Fame!

Cody Mattern A four‐time Senior National Epee Champion, Cody was an Olympian in Men’s Epee in 2004. His epee team was the first men’s team to win a medal at a Senior World Championships (Silver, 2010). Theyfollowed that up with a historic Gold at the 2012 World Championships. He was a two‐time U20 National Champion. He now coaches at the Northwest Fencing Center. He was a member of Senior World Championship Teams: 2012 (Gold – Team), 2011, 2010 (Silver –Team), 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2003, 2001 Pan American Games Teams: 2011 (Gold – Team), 2007 (Bronze – Team) Junior World Championship Teams: 2001 Cody Mattern started fencing at Salle Auriol, now the Northwest Fencing Center in Beaverton, Oregon. He passed up college scholarships to dedicate himself to fencing, first in Oregon and later at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where he and represented the Army’s World Class Athlete
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Losing a great friend and a legend

Maître Leon Auriol 1927 – 2015Share this PostThe Northwest Fencing Center lost its founding father this week. I am sad to report that Leon Auriol passed away, but he left behind an incredible legacy for Pacific Northwest fencing. Leon came to America in 1963 and began his coaching career in the Seattle area after responding to an ad for a pentathlete fencing coach. In 1967 he received an invite from Colleen Olney (Bob and Michael Marx’s mom) to come to Portland. This began the era of Leon traveling throughout the Pacific Northwest to teach fencing. He had stops in Victoria BC, Seattle, and Portland. He taught in clubs, schools, and community colleges all around the area. In 1969, Rocky Beach established Salle Auriol in Portland Oregon. The original patch design for Salle Auriol on a green field (still used by Salle Auriol Seattle on a blue field) is Leon’s design.