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Wheelchair Fencing Finds Audience at UNH

Dec 7, 2010

From: Seacoastonline, Published December 7, 2010

DURHAM — People naturally like to play with swords. That, according to longtime coach Michael D’Asaro, is the appeal of fencing.

“You get to live out the dream of being a pirate,” D’Asaro said. “Fencing is a very safe sport, but it doesn’t feel like it. You’re playing with swords, getting out of your comfort zone.”

On Saturday, a number of fencing enthusiasts gathered at the Hamel Recreation Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire to hear a presentation on wheelchair fencing put on by D’Asaro, national coach of the U.S. Wheelchair Fencing Team; and Mario Rodriguez, a multiple-time national champion who has been fencing since 1979 and earned medals in World Cup competition in 2002 and 2003.

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