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Aspiring Olympic Hopefuls Take Up Fencing

Fencing school in North Richland Hills Training Young North Texans



    A future Olympic medalist could come from right here. A fencing school in North Richland Hills is training young North Texans to compete against the best. (Published Sunday, July 29, 2012)

    Don't let 10-year old Sabrina Massey’s size fool you. Massey is a competitive fencer traveling across Texas racking up metals almost everywhere she goes. 

    She exudes an aura of sheer determination and passion for the sport that has her looking ahead to competing on an international level.
    "I'm planning to go to the 2020 Olympics," Massey said.
    Massey is a student at the North Richland Hills Cutting Edge Fencing Center. The center hosted a free event on Saturday to let North Texans experience the Olympic sport first-hand.
    "It's a sport that not only builds the physically aspect of you but the mental aspect as well," Kate Sierra, co-owner of the fencing center said.
    Every time you suit up for a match, precision hand-eye coordination is required for with every lunge and parry. 
    "You have to know am I close enough to know am I close enough to do an advance lunge-- lunge--or extended lunge? It's really complicated and it's a thinking game,” Massey said.
    A game that's gaining popularity among future hometown Olympic hopefuls.