OES Fencing Program
Oregon Episcopal School offers fencing classes for students as well as the opportunity for Olympic hopefuls to train with sabre coach Ed Korfanty, who trained Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis, while boarding in the OES dorms and studying in a top-level college-preparatory program.On campus and through nearby salons, OES offers fencing opportunities for every style and age:
- Varsity and Junior Varsity teams for Upper School and Middle School students
- After school classes for students in primary (or first grade) through fifth grade
- Summer camps for students in second through sixth grade
- Instruction in sabre, epee, and foil at nearby salons
- Varsity and Junior Varsity teams participate in the Oregon Interscholastic Fencing League.
- Students participate in the Under 19 division, the Youth 14 division, and the Youth 12 division.
- Varsity and Junior Varsity letters are awarded.
- Season includes six tournaments and the state championship.
Classes and Camps
- After school classes are offered during the school year, and camps are offered in the summer.
- Instructor is former Bulgarian Olympian Anna Angelova.
- Sabre instruction is available through the Oregon Fencing Alliance at the Salle Olney Salon on the OES campus.
- Sabre instruction is also offered at PDX Fencing 2.2 miles from the OES campus.
- Epee and foil instruction are offered by Northwest Fencing Center 2 miles from the OES campus.
Mariel Zagunis, who has been training at the OFA gym on the OES campus since 1995, has won two Olympic gold medals. See a video in which Mariel talks about her mentorship of younger fencers, such as OES students who learn fencing in PE classes.