NEW YORK, May 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Fencing Club (FC) –The oldest and most accomplished fencing sports club in North America – welcomes its new coach: Guillermo Madrigal. Coach Madrigal is a former national coach of Cuba and Puerto Rico. Coach Madrigal has just returned from the 2022 World Junior and Cadet Championships, where one of his most accomplished students won the World Junior Women’s Epee Championships. He now joins the ranks of FC fencing masters past and present, who have produced national champions, world champions and Olympic medalists throughout the iconic New York 139 years of fencing club history. Coach Madrigal joins a roster of fencing club coaches that includes three active members UNITED STATES Fencing Hall of Fame Coaches; Simon Gershon (2015), Akhi Spencer-El (2020) and Mikhail Petin (2021).
“After an international search to identify and hire an outstanding coach for our epee program, the Coaching Search Committee is confident that Coach Guillermo will be an invaluable asset to the fencing club community,” said Philippe BennettPresident of Fencing Club Board of Directors.
Born in Cuba, Coach Madrigal was an accomplished athlete – competing internationally at the senior level, including as captain of the Cuban national fencing team. Coach Madrigal graduated in fencing and studied the 3 weapons at the University of Physical Education in Cuba. His coaching career began as assistant coach of the Cuban team in 2008. He then joined Porto Rico where he served as national coach from 2012 to 2015. Coach Madrigal moved to the United States in 2016 and since then many of his students have consistently achieved success at national and international levels.
“New York City is one of the most culturally diverse places in the world, and our fencing community reflects that strength, with club members and board representatives from vastly different backgrounds in terms of ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion and age,” says Luisa Sanchez, co-treasurer and member of FC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and Coaches Search and Fee Committee. “We are proud to welcome Coach Madrigal, as we continue to diversify our leadership representation to reflect the goals and values of our multi-faceted community.”
David NiouExecutive Director of the FC, is equally enthusiastic about this new stage: “We ask our New York City neighbors and the global fencing network as a whole to join us in welcoming Coach Guillermo to the FC community. We can’t wait to see what we can all accomplish together.”
On Club of fencers : Founded in 1883, the Fencers Club is the oldest fencing club in New York and one of the oldest in the Americas. FC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence through the sport of fencing – both on and off the fencing ring. Club students have become not only national champions, world champions and Olympic medalists, but also Ivy League graduates, doctors, lawyers and other accomplished individuals dedicated to supporting their communities. . We actively support a culture of sharing by performing community service that goes beyond fencing. The Fencers Club is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as a Community Olympic Development Program. At least one Fencers Club member has competed for the United States at every Olympics.
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