NFA fencing team having a stand-out season

By Scott Appleton - Staff Writer
Norwich - posted Tue., Feb. 1, 2011
The Norwich Free Academy fencing team practices hard to continue its impressive winning streak. Photos by Scott Appleton.
The Norwich Free Academy fencing team practices hard to continue its impressive winning streak. Photos by Scott Appleton.

NORWICH - For 11 years, Peter Landry served as the head coach of the Norwich Free Academy fencing team. Nowadays, he is busy with his own business, and instead serves as the head fencing instructor. “We’re doing great this year,” he said. “Last year was a building year, and all our varsity boys are graduating this year. The good thing is NFA has a lot of kids to pull from… We’re second in the state, hopefully we’ll win state this year.”

NFA’s fencing team has gone undefeated this season so far, as of press time. They are pushing to win the state championship, and the coaches expressed confidence that this goal is attainable.

Head coach Kurt Young is energetic and thrilled at his team’s success. His youngest son is a member of the team.

Young is pushing his team to succeed. He has exhibited great confidence in their abilities, and said that only a couple of large schools now stand between his team and an ECC tournament victory.

At a recent practice session, Landry guided the numerous members of the fencing team through their fencing lessons. He did so with candor and a very evident knowledge and wisdom of the sport. The students listened well to instruction and worked hard, all while keeping their goal of a title in mind.


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Norwich Free Academy Fencing Head Coach Kurt Young.

Thoughts on the season: “The girls have been consistent, winning all their matches. Tomorrow we face Ledyard and Fitch,” Young said last week. “Ledyard is the other undefeated team. Two years ago, we placed second in the state. I like working with these kids. The players just need to go into the competition with their heads in the game.”

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Paul Kalanowski, Senior- “I’m pretty confident we’ll win it all at state,” Kalanowski said. “This is probably my best year, but this is my fourth year on the team. I like how this is different than other sports. It involves more thinking than other sports. As coach likes to call it, it’s ‘living chess.’”


Dominique Weigel, Senior- “My favorite aspect of fencing is having the team behind me,” Weigel said. “I have the feeling I might be able to place first this year in the ECC tournament. I’m hoping our team takes the top three or four this year. That’d be pretty cool.”

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