Athletes on the U.S fencing team are getting up at dawn for long days of practice and sightseeing.
BY: Marshal Davis
For the last three days, Team USA Fencing has been taking a 6:30 a.m. bus to train at the Wingate Institute, Israel's national sports complex in Netanya. As our athletes are still catching up from jet lag while running all over this beautiful country, waking up this early is grueling. However, the fencers are taking it in stride, for the most part. After all, our team has some of the top fencers in the nation, including two 2013 national champions, NCAA All Americans and fencers high on the National Points list.
Practice has been going well and the team has also had opportunities to gel during cultural tours and dinners. The athletes are forming bonds and friendships that will last a lifetime. It's fantastic to witness older, more experienced fencers taking the younger athletes under their wings and serving as quality role models.
Since arriving in Israel, we've been fortunate to visit Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Bell Beach in Herzliya, the Yad La-Shiryon memorial, archaeological sites at Bet Guvrin-Maresha National Park, Jerusalem's Old City and Western Wall, the City of David and the Temple Mount. The USA delegations also gathered for a huge barbecue at Kfar Maccabiah.
We're currently on a bus from Kibbutz Shefayim, where we are staying, to the Dead Sea. From there, our group will head to Masada and end the day with dinner in a Bedouin tent.
Signing off from the road to the Dead Sea,
Outside of coaching the U.S. Fencing team at Maccabiah, Marshal Davis works as an attorney at Davis Law and coaches at Swarthmore College and Liberty Fencing Club in Warrington.