Personal Information

Residence New York, NY, USA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English

Higher education Advertising - St. John's University: New York, NY, USA

License number 16071990000


World Cup--22
Dakar (SENEGAL), 2016-11-04
Madrid (SPAIN), 2018-05-18
World Championship-1-1
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2015-07-13
Zone Championships2237
Reno - Nevada (USA), 2011-07-04Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17Cartagena (COLOMBIA), 2013-06-18
Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-15Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-03
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Grand Prix--11
Séoul (KOREA), 2015-03-28
Olympic Games-1-1
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-10

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age 11 at the Peter Westbrook Foundation in New York, NY, United States of America. He later began training under Yury Gelman, who coached him for free at the Manhattan Fencing Center.

Why this sport? He read about fencing in a children's dictionary when he was young and begged his mother to let him take up the sport. "I think she pushed it aside at the time, but a few years later we were watching television and a commercial that featured two black fencers came on. I pointed it out to my mother, and I think the visual of seeing these black males fencing was enough to make her think this was attainable. She looked up a fencing foundation, and it progressed from there."

Club / Team Peter Westbrook Foundation: New York, NY, USA

Name of coach Zoran Tulum [national]

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Reading, photography, singing, dancing, yoga, fashion. (tnbcolympics.com, 12 Jul 2016)

Most influential person in career US fencer and coach Keeth Smart. (teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2016)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs He meditates before he competes in order to improve his mental focus. (theplayerstribune.com, 30 Sep 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Redefine greatness." (nbcolympics.com, 12 Jul 2016)

Awards and honours While at St. John's University he was awarded All-American honours in four consecutive seasons from 2010 to 2013. (teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2016)

Milestones He became the first US male sabre fencer to win a medal at the world championships, when he claimed silver at the 2015 edition in Moscow, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Mar 2016; theplayerstribune.com, 30 Sep 2015)

Famous relatives His younger sister D'Meca was a foil fencer in college, and competed for the Virgin Islands, US at the 2011 World Championships in Catania, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Jul 2013; teamusa.org, 03 Jul 2011; gocolumbialions.com, 10 Aug 2012; fie.og, 09 Oct 2011)

Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Twitter profile, 09 Apr 2019)

Other information MOVE TO THE US
Born in the Virgin Islands, US, he moved to New York, NY, at age five with his mother and his sister. (huffingtonpost.com, 15 Apr 2015; vogue.com, 09 Aug 2016)

He served as an Athlete Role Model at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also visits fencing clubs and schools to discuss his experiences in fencing. In 2017 he visited Senegal to teach fencing to prisoners and orphans. "I hope the youth in the programme are able to take away tangible skills from these experiences, and that continued exposure to the sport will lead to more opportunities. I've seen how 'play' and discipline can be connected seamlessly to help the youth in the real world." (cnn.com, 02 Mar 2017; shadeglobal.com, 02 Mar 2017; hackleyschool.org, 20 Jan 2017; fie.org, 09 Oct 2018)


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