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Maconite Fences His Way To The 2010 Summer Nationals

The U.S. Fencing Summer National Championships -- the world's largest fencing tournament -- is being held in Atlanta, Georgia, July 4, 2010-July 13, 2010 and a Maconite has fenced his way into this most competitive and prestigious national competition.

Antonio Ross, a rising senior at Westside High School, placed third out of a field of 31 who competed for the opportunity to represent Georgia in the Division III Men’s Epee Competition. At the qualifiers, held April 10, 2010 the top eight (8) finishers moved on to represent Georgia. At the qualifiers, Antonio earned his first ranking, D2010. At the nationals he will fence in Division III Men's Epee. He is excited and happy that he was blessed to move on in this competition.

Antonio is the only fencer from the Middle Georgia area who qualified in the individual competition to move on to the Nationals. Antonio has aspirations to fence in the Olympics as an individual competitor and as part of the USA team once he is fencing on the collegiate level. In April 2010, Antonio traveled to Duke University where he met with Head Fencing Coach Alex Beguinet and Recruiting Coordinator/Team Manager, Elizabeth Beguinet. A good showing at the 2010 Nationals and in the coming 2010-2011 season might secure a scholarship and slot on the Duke Fencing Team. Duke fencers include such notables as 2008 Olympic Medalist & 2010 NCAA National Champion Rebecca (Becca) Ward. Duke has produced 3 NCAA national champion teams.

Antonio is coached by James Taylor of the Warner Robins Fencing Society. Coach Taylor has been a competitive fencer and fencing coach for 35 years and feels that Antonio definitely has the ability to become a very accomplished and nationally recognized fencer. Coach Taylor is very supportive of his participation in fencing.

Antonio not only fences, he is also a starting Tight End for the Westside Seminoles, who earned two consecutive AAAA regional football championships under the leadership of Coach Robert Davis and Coach Shedrick Risper and the golf team that also earned their way to the golf regionals. Both of his football and golf coach are very supportive of Antonio in his football and golfing endeavors.

Antonio states, "It's a pleasure to be coached by such supportive coaches. I know they push me to make me achieve my full potential." All coaches have been understanding and supportive of my participation with all three sports."

 

 

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