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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 10, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 A glimpse of battles glorious Cold steel clashes at Civic Centre A prevalent tendency of mankind is to take skills which in the past were im- portant to survival and. make sport of them. In the past, men could eat only if they were proficient with a gun; now we have rifle clubs and shooting competitions. Many other ancient life skills have gone the same route. Southern Alberta will get a first hand look at the descendants of the ancient warriors in the fencing competitions of the Canada Winter Games. Fencers from throughout the country begin five days of competition Wednesday and continue through Sun- day. Up to 144 fencers from every province and territory in the nation will take part in three events. Men and women will compete in the foil event, while the epee and the sabre are the weapons used in the other divisions. The 12-merriber team representing Alberta in the Games is dominated by Edmonton fencers, who picked up nine of the positions on the basis of four tournaments held in 1974. The tournaments includ- ed the provincial cham- pionships at Lethbridge in May, the University of Calgary Open in October, and the Fran Wetterberg Open in Edmonton. Also counting towards the team selection were the results of the Militia Open last November in Saskatoon. Helmut Mach and Alex Pozniak are the Edmonton fencers in the men's foil event while the women's foil team, made up of Helen Sachs, Wanda Wetterberg, and Monica Chapin, is exclusively from the northern city. Edward Lee and Stephen Leung, in the sabre event, along with Eugene Heinemann and Jim Goruk in the epee division, com- plete the Edmonton dominance of the Alberta team. Other fencers selected to the' squad were Walter Dyck of Medicine Hat in men's foil, Richard Softly of Wetaskiwin in sabre, and Richard Nowakowski of Calgary on the epee squad. These 12 will carry Alberta's colors in a sport which really took hold after dueling was outlawed in Italy. The Spanish evidently were the first to really develop fencing skills, and their armies carried the art into Italy. However, the Italians caught on quickly and by the 17th century; were the most prominent fencers in the world. Then, when duelling was outlawed and fencing no longer had any practical FENCING (all events held at the Civic Centre) Wednesday, Feb. 12 8 8 Thursday, Feb. 13 8 8 Friday, Feb. 14 8 p.m.-Women's Foil-81-82 Saturday, Feb. 15 8 Sunday, Feb. 16 8 value, the modern sport developed. OVer sixty nations prac- tice fencing today, but Italy, France, Hungary and Russia have consistently maintained their supremacy in international competitions. Fencing, often called "the polite sport" grew up hand in hand with a tradi- tion of courtesy in duels. Often, duelists became friends after a fight was fought. The tradition of politeness has been main- tained in the modern sport. Competitors salute the President of the bout, and then each other, before the start of any match. When the bout is com- pleted, fencers remove their masks and shake un- gloved hands. In general, the fencing clubs of all countries are connected to the provincial and national fencing associations. The "Right" kind of lines to meet all your needs! Engine Rebuilding Cylinder Boring tnd Resleeving Crankshaft Regrinding WISCONSIN ENGINE SALES SERVICE CUSTOM ENGINE PARTS LTD. 1605 3rd AVI. South Phone 328-8181 WELCOME VISITORS and ATHLETES gout-stretches them all! EINA DVERLOCK STITCH tttttftt MIUTI STRETCH STITCH SUPER STRETCH STITCH V EDGING STITCH TRIPIE STRAIGHT SEAM SERPENTINE ZIGZAG STRETCH BUTTONHOLES ZIGZAG STITCH We extend a hearty welcome and wish all the participants "Good Luck" 323 5th St. S. Phone 327-8877 ;