UNFORGETTABLE SOIREE IN TAORMINA. HISTORICAL BEAUTY AND FENCING EXCITMENT ON THE STRIP AT THE ANCIENT THEATER
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- Pubblicato Domenica, 20 Settembre 2015 12:01
TAORMINA - Italian fencing lived through an evening that will be hard to forget. The extraordinary beauty of the Taormina Ancient Theater, a magical show dedicated to air and fire, the excitement offered by fencing, these three elements fit perfectly together in a soiree with more than a thousand spectators filling the cavea of the prestigious historical venue.
The double challenge “Italy - Rest of the World” of women’s foil and men’s épée, was part of the project "Sport @Expo” promoted by the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers and CONI. On the strip located center stage of the Ancient Theater Italy won both matches with the same final score of 48-47.
Masters of ceremony Carlo Pastore and Chiara Giallonardo were assisted by Valerio Aspromonte in his role of technical commentator. The program, under the direction of Guglielmo Ferro, started with the extraordinary artistic performance of the group “Le Molecole” portraying the “air” element with a flying dancer suspended from tenths of balloons “floating" over the stage.
Next, the women’s foil team match between the Italian “Dream Team” with Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo, Martina Batini, and team “Rest of the World” with Carolin Golubytskyi (GER), Ysaora Thibus (FRA), Inès Boubakri (TUN), and Nzingha Prescod (USA).
The public cheered the narrow victory of the Italians. The performance dedicated to the “fire” element was next with the artists of the “Joculares” group . Last the Italian men’s épée team came on the stage with two "local favorites,” Enrico Garozzo and Marco Fichera, plus Andrea Santarelli and Gabriele Cimini. They won the match 48-47 against team “Rest of the World” represented by Géza Imre (HUN), 2015 world champion, José Abajo (ESP), Alexadre Bouzaid (SEN), Andrés Campos (COL).
The award ceremony was presided by Giorgio Scarso, CONI’s Deputy Vice-Chairman and FIS President, and Sergio D’Antoni, President of CONI’s regional Sicily committee. The “Edoardo Mangiarotti” prize, given to the best fencers in the two matches, determined by the indicator of touches scored less touches received, was presented by Carola Mangiarotti, daughter of the unforgotten King of Épée to Valentina Vezzali and José Abajo respectively.
"ITALY VS. REST OF THE WORLD" - FENCING ON THE SPECTACULAR STAGE OF THE ANCIENT THEATER OF TAORMINA, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, AT 9:00 PM
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- Pubblicato Lunedì, 14 Settembre 2015 11:06
TAORMINA – ”Italy vs. Rest of the World - fencing,” is a soiree of sport, showtime, and art under the banner of Italian pride on the breathtaking stage of the Ancient Theater of Taormina, Friday, September 18, at 9:00 pm (broadcast live on RaiSport TV).
The official event presentation press conference was in the Taormina City Council Hall on September 10. This event is the last stage of “Sport @Expo” an initiative promoted by the Office of the Presidency of the Italian Council of Ministers and by CONI (Italian National Olympic Committee). The goals include the realization of high quality level sport events with national and international appeal organized in collaboration with the Swimming, Volleyball, and Fencing National Federations in venues of great beauty and renown around the country, with the participation of world class athletes to attract the large public to the project, the country's architectural and natural landscapes, and its sport champions.
Taormina will be the showcase for the sport of fencing, with a challenge between the Italian Women’s Foil and Men’ Épée National Teams and representatives of top international athletes for the “rest of the World”.
The “dream team” of Italian women’s foil with Valentina Vezzali, Elisa Di Francisca, Arianna Errigo, Martina Batini will face a world team with Inès Boubakri (TUN), bronze at Kazan 2014, Ysaora Thibus (FRA), Nzingha Prescod (USA), bronze at Moscow 2015, Carolin Golubytskyi (GER), silver at Budapest 2013, on the unique stage of the Ancient Theater.
The second match of the evening will be Men’s Épée between team Italy (Enrico Garozzo, Marco Fichera, Andrea Santarelli, Gabriele Cimini) and team “rest of the world” composed of Rubén Limardo (VEN), London 2012 Olympic champion, Géza Imre (HUN), bronze at Atlanta 1996 Olympics, Alexandre Bouzaid (SEN), twice African Champion, José Luis Abajo (ESP), bronze at Beijing 2008 Olympics.
“This will be a truly fascinating event because of the sport competitors' level and the venue," said Giorgio Scarso, FIS President. ”Some of the greatest protagonists in the international arena of both specialties will be on the strip. Once more this is an occasion to emphasize the leadership role of Italian fencing on the world stage. Moreover, this soiree will renew our national pride to be the custodians today of places like the Ancient Theater of Taormina, which represent the diamond point of the Italian architectural and artistic patrimony. I applaud,” added Scarso in his role as CONI’s Deputy Vice-Chairman, ”the initiative of the President and the Council of Ministers, embraced by the Italian National Olympic Committee, to put together our elite sport champions with symbolic venues in our country during Expo Milan 2015."
The production will include a show with spectacular moments dedicated to two primordial elements, air and fire. Under the direction of Sicilian Guglielmo Ferro, internationally renowned artists like the dancers of the “Mnais” group, winners of three consecutive editions of Street Fights World Tour, the fire-dancers of the “Joculares” troupe, and aerial performers “Le Molecole” who have been on many world stages. The show will include the extraordinary graphic effects created by “Mammasonica Grafica,” winner of many European prizes.
“They are all great artist-performers, which have gladly accepted to perform in an exceptional and unique venue like the Ancient Theater,” said the director. ”There will be periods for their performances but the fencing matches will be integrated as well with spectacular video-graphics background involving the entire cavea (the arena seating section) and the stage itself.”
Taormina is well known for hosting great spectacular events but sport events represent a novelty. “The town is looking forward to this event on Friday," said Mario D’Agostino, Taormina Vice Mayor, and Salvatore Cilona, City Council Member in charge of Sport. “The Ancient Theater hosts many events during the year but this one promises to be unique and unforgettable. We are grateful to CONI for selecting Taormina as a venue for this show and we are ready to extend our best hospitality to athletes, artists, and all who worked for the success of this initiative.”
THE FIRST SESSION OF THE COACHING COURSE OF THE "CLUB MOVEMENT INITIATIVE" F.I.E. ENDED ON LAST SATURDAY
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- Pubblicato Lunedì, 30 Marzo 2015 18:32
ROMA – The first session of the coaching course of the “Club Movement Initiative” held in Modica ended on last Saturday. This initiative was planned by the FIE with the aim to identify some top-tier fencing clubs worldwide, in order to promote the education and training for coaches and others fencing people, especially from countries where fencing is now developing and growing more and more.
In Italy, the International Fencing Federation chose Modica and its club for the central position in the Mediterranean basin. The Club hosted for a whole month, since March 2, eleven coaches from Serbia, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Malta and Tunisia.
During the whole month of March, the coaches attended lessons focusing on theoretical and practical fencing matters, regarding the three weapons, as well as regulations aspects, refereeing, management, communication and promotion matters.
The teaching staff for specific coaching lessons was made of Italian professional coaches: for the foil lessons, Andrea Borella, Eugenio Migliore and Leandro Giurdanella, for the sabre, Alberto Coltorti, Andrea Aquili and Giuseppe Pugliese and for epee, Guido Marzari, Gianni Sperlinga and Giancarlo Puglisi.
Besides, a seminar on Sport Medicine and medical aspects related to fencing was held by Antonio Fiore, President of the FIE Medical Commission and also a refereeing seminar was held by Martina Ganassin, member of the European Refereeing Commission.
Moreover, two lessons about sports preparation and one about material and controls were held, taught by Salvatore Di Natale and Antonella Nigro, as far as the physical preparation is concerned, and Salvatore Migliore for the weapon control. Whereas the “match analysis” topic was developed by Andrea Aquili.
Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with the Regional School of Sport of the Italian NOC, the participants attended some psychology lessons, taught by an expert, Giovanni di Stefano, and, last but not least, Alessandro Noto, Marketing and Social Media advisor to the Italian Federation held some lessons about the communication strategies.
The President of the “Conad Scherma Modica”, Maria Monisteri, was in charge of coordinating the course. “During the last months, since January, we have been working – said the President, Maria Monisteri – with the aim to allow a smooth and the best running of the course. It was a month rich of good experiences together with these young people, so different one from the other, but with the common passion for fencing. It was a wonderful experience for us, either on a cultural and educational point of view, and also a good way to show and promote our territory”.
The participants received the certificates of participation during the closing ceremony and during that event the following authorities were present: the President of the Sicilian Committee of the Italian Fencing Federation, Sebastiano Manzoni, the delegate of the province of Ragusa of Italian NOC, Rosario Cintolo, the Mayor of the city of Modica, Ignazio Abbate and the President of the Italian Fencing Federation, Giorgio Scarso, who was there in the double capacity also representing FIE.
“The project started with the right foot – Scarso said -. That is welcome with satisfaction by the International Fencing. Italy is proud to have let many coaches from Countries where fencing is growing interact with Italian high level coaches and managers who represent an unique professionalism in the fencing international panorama. I appreciated the warm welcome that the people of the Club of Modica accorded to the participants, for this big and ambitious project. Now it is time to think to the next course in which, not only the coaches, but also the managers will be involved”.
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- Pubblicato Martedì, 08 Settembre 2015 09:39
ROME - For an entire day fencing has "invaded” the public squares around the world. The second edition of #Fencingmob15, launched by the Italian Fencing Federation, hit the goals to engage, surprise, and promote fencing in a new way.
#Fencingmob15, conceived by Alessandro Noto, FIS social media manager, plays on the imagination and creativity of individual local organizers around the world. Each organizer launches an idea, considers its feasibility, identifies a characteristic location in their city, and puts in action a giant puzzle of many individual tiles that make Fencingmob a world event.
This year #Fencingmob15 had the participation of 181 cities in total, 61 more than last year, in 38 countries with 7 “new entries” compared with 2014, in all five Continents.
Outside Italy, #Fencingmob15 was in Australia; in Asia, Hong Kong, Taiwan; in the Middle East, Israel and Lebanon; in Africa, Tunisia and Ivory Coast; in the Americas, Canada, USA, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Argentina, El Salvador, Ecuador, Peru; in Europe, France, Ukraine, Germany, United Kingdom, Sweden, Lithuania, Hungary, Croatia, Denmark, Luxemburg, Iceland, Slovenia, Poland, Belgium, Holland, Austria, Turkey, Greece, plus Italy.
In Italy 91 cities did participate. A huge success as far as participation and media follow up of the events in Milan—in front of the Sforza Castle and Gae Aulenti square, in Rome—fencing “took over” the Bioparco, but also Neaples at Castel dell’Ovo, Pisa, Turin, Padua, Terni—with the picturesque Cascata delle Marmore as background, and Ravenna—with the selection of the monumental Dante’s tomb as backdrop for #fencingmob Ravenna.
Fencing was present also at EXPO 2015 in Milan thanks to Kinder +Sport, which offered the kits used in “A scuola di Scherma” (link) for a fencing mob at the foot of the Albero della vita (tree of life).
Fencingmob with the largest number of participants was in Budapest, with more than 400 fencers in the square; the northernmost was in Reykjavik, Iceland; the southernmost in Ushuaia, Argentina.
Several fencing champions participated as well. From Valentina Vezzali, at Senigallia FencingMob, to Andrea Cassarà in “his” hometown Brescia. Andrea Baldini was in Boston, and international fencers like Anne Sauer and Ysaora Thibus at fencingmob in Tauber, GER, and Bourge de la Reine, FRA, respectively. Men’s épée world champion Geza Imre, woman épéeist Emese Szasz were involved with the Budapest Fencingmob.
The data and stats of #Fencingmob15 on our social platforms show that during the 24 hours of September 6, the FIS Facebook page shows 500,000 hits, 190,000 contacts on Twitter @federscherma, and 320,000 "likes” for the photos posted on the FIS Instagram profile.
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An edited summary of all images and videos of #Fencingmob15 will be posted in the near future
FIE CLUB MOVEMENT INITIATIVE – ITALY WILL HOST COACHES FROM FENCING DEVELOPING COUNTRIES FOR A ONE-MONTH COURSE
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- Pubblicato Lunedì, 02 Marzo 2015 12:14
ROMA – A refreshing course for fencing coaches within the framework of the “Club Movement Initiative” planned by the International Fencing Federation will start on next Monday, 2nd of March, and it will last one month until the 29th of March.
This initiative was planned by the FIE with the aim to identify some top-tier fencing clubs worldwide, well-located in specific strategic areas, holding specific accommodating characteristics, in order to promote the education and training for technicians and others, especially from countries where fencing is now developing and growing more and more.
In Italy, the International Fencing Federation, Modica and its club were chosen for the central position in the Mediterranean basin. The Club will host for the whole month of March, roughly 15 athletes from Serbia, Greece, Albania, Turkey, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Malta and Tunisia for a long course focusing on theoretical lessons and practical trainings.
The teaching staff for specific coaching lessons will be Italian professional coaches: for the the foil lessons, Andrea Borella, Eugenio Migliore and Leandro Giurdanella, for the sabre, Alberto Coltorti, Andrea Aquili and Giuseppe Pugliese and for epee, Guido Marzari, Gianni Sperlinga and Giancarlo Puglisi.
Besides the practical training the theoretical lessons, the course will offer some specific theoretical topic so to offer a wider and complete program. Indeed, among the teaching staff, also Antonio Fiore, President of the FIE Medical Commission and Martina Ganassin, member of the European Refereeing Commission who will teach lessons, respectively about sports medicine, with specific reference to fencing, and refereeing.
Moreover, there will be two lessons about sports preparation, taught by Salvatore Di Natale and Antonella Nigro, and one about material and controls, by Salvatore Migliore. The “match analysis” topic will be developed by Andrea Aquili.
Furthermore, thanks to the cooperation with the Regional School of Sport of the Italian NOC, the participants will follow some psychology lessons and, last but not least, they will follow the lessons about Marketing and Social Media, taught by Alessandro Noto, advisor to the Italian Federation, and Communication lessons, taught by Giorgio Caruso, head of the FIS Press Office.
Theoretical lessons, will be held in the classrooms of the School of Sport of Ragusa, while the training sessions will take place on the pistes of the “PalaScherma” of Modica. The official hotel of the event, “Hotel Palazzo Failla” is located in the heart of Modica.
The President of the “Conad Scherma Modica”, Maria Monisteri, is the coordinator of the course and a team of interpreter will assist the participants under supervision of Caterina Poidomani
On Monday, March 2, Giorgio Scarso, in the capacity of Vice President of FIE and President of FIS will institutionally welcome the participants and introduce the course.