Finn started out as a dancer, practicing tap and Irish. After beginning high school, however, he decided to hang up his dancing shoes. At 15, during the pandemic and after watching plenty of Star Wars in his spare time, he wanted to have a go at fencing. After meeting Coach Michael and Coach Will, and learning how to wield his first epee, he was hooked and has enjoyed learning the art and skill of fencing ever since.
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Andrew Boschert began Fencing at the age of 9 with NWFC, at the French International School of Oregon. After several years of Foil at NWFC, he eventually gravitated toward Epee. His interests are French, American Sign Language, computer simulation games, Film/Cinematography, and Technical Theater. Andrew will be attending Clarks Honors College at the University of Oregon, studying Cinematography/Film and History.
Keep reading to learn what made our top 10 reasons to visit Portland. Portland is a wonderful city, with all kinds of activities for people of all ages to enjoy! We encourage all our athletes that visit for camps or travel to our tournaments to explore the area while they are here. From outdoorsy options like the abundance of hiking trails to family-friendly nightlife and a plethora of craft beer, there is something in our city sure to catch anyone’s attention.
Squad Locker is a service NWFC uses to offer Club Gear to athletes, parents, and other fans. You can use the online store to purchase shirts, hats, sweatshirts, and more – all representing NWFC!
Warm-Ups are required to be worn on all podiums at regional, state, and national events. This includes Pacific Northwest Cups, RYCs, SYCs, ROCs, NACs, JOs, and more.
At NWFC, we do not ask that our new fencers purchase a complete fencing uniform right away. Instead, we require our athletes to have specific pieces of equipment in order to graduate from one class to the next.
Fencers traveling to NWFC enjoy all that surrounds our brand-new facility and some stellar fencing! We invite athletes and their families to come and enjoy the area when visiting for camps and tournaments. Keep reading to learn more about the area, our recommended partner hotels, and other tips for fencers traveling to NWFC.
Stenciling from Marx Enterprises is how the majority of our fencers at NWFC get their last name stenciled on their fencing gear. Owned by NWFC Member, current Board President, and long-time fencer Bob Marx himself.
The Future at Northwest Fencing Center has a bright outlook, at our new location! In the Spring of 2022, we officially moved into our new facility. After expanding our past location on SW Western rd by 7,000 square feet, the owner of the property decided to sell the land. Although unideal, our new location space is being built specifically to our needs. As fencers, we know how rare that is!
The 2000s was when the official inauguration of Northwest Fencing Center (“NWFC”) took place. Our training had expanded rapidly, calling for some changes and additions. Beginning in 2001, NWFC began to expand and refine what we offered our athletes. We added group classes built around age and aptitude, classes for homeschool groups, and adult instruction. NWFC continues to offer these course options today.
The Nineties were an exciting time for the club. With its reputation well established in the world of fencing, the SAFC worked with Une Touché de Portland (UTDP), a benefit corporation and qualified amateur sports organization. The goal of UTDP was to continue the work Yves Auriol’s Portland Project began by supporting fencing athletes and organizations, allowing them to train with SAFC’s best and make use of the facilities the SAFC could provide.
The Eighties at NWFC is when the club settled into its first long-term residency at what is now known as the Sunset Athletic Club. It is here that the school’s fruitful relationships with Chuck Richards, the Oregon Sports Authority, and the Oregon Sports Trust began.
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