DI TELLA Pascual Maria


Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French, Spanish

Higher education Philosophy, Political Science - Duke University: Durham, NC, USA

Zone Championships--11
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age 14.

Why this sport? His father, a former international fencer for Argentina, introduced him to the sport. "It is not easy to practise a sport that your parents and family did well. You feel a little pressure. When I was a kid I struggled with that. I played basketball instead up until I was 14. What I liked the most [about fencing] was the independence that it gives you. I struggled to compete as a member of a team. In basketball, the coach may not call you up for the next game. In fencing if you qualify you go and compete."

Name of coach Lucas Saucedo [national], ARG

Training Regime He trains for more than 30 hours a week.

General Interest

Nicknames Pascu (Instagram profile, 27 May 2018)

Hobbies Music. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Apr 2018)

Awards and honours He was named Atlantic Coast Conference [ACC] Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2017. (goduke.com, 01 Jul 2017)

He was named ACC Men's Fencer of the Year in 2017. (goduke.com, 01 Jul 2017)

He was named in the All-ACC Academic team in 2015, 2016 and 2017. (goduke.com, 01 Jul 2017)

In 2015 he was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] in the United States of America. (goduke.com, 01 Jul 2017)

Famous relatives His father Rafael represented Argentina in fencing at the Olympic Games in 1988 and 1992, while his sister Isabel competed in the sport at five editions of the world championships between 2011 and 2017. His mother Astrid Steverlynck represented Argentina in alpine skiing at the Olympic Winter Games in 1988 and 1992. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Jul 2018; clarin.com, 07 Oct 2017; goduke.com, 2017; lanacion.com.au, 16 Sep 2013)

Ambitions To win an individual medal at the Pan American Games, and to compete at the Olympic Games. (clarin.com, 07 Oct 2017)


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