Fencing is Just the Beginning
Wasatch Fencing focus is on helping youth develop respect for others, develop a strong work ethic, building self-esteem and create a healthy attitude toward life. We believe youth should be immersed in sports as sport provides an opportunity to develop skills needed along life’s path. We just happen to have a passion for fencing.
Wasatch Fencing is a volunteer-driven community club. Our club is simply a way we, in a small way, give back to the community.
It All Started at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base in 1983
Our club started on a handball court at Hill Air Force Base in 1983 by Shawn Hart and Bob Babcock. A year or so later, Ron Hendricks, who had just moved to the area, joined Shawn and Bob, and shortly after that, Layton City Recreation gave space to the club in an old building that could accommodate a couple of strips. With a few foils, masks and jackets, and a couple of home-built boxes and reels, the club soon attracted youth and adult fencers, and Wasatch Fencing was born.
In the late ‘80s, Wasatch Fencing moved to the YWCA gym in Salt Lake City. Here, the club began to focus on youth fencing by sponsoring a club at West High School. Many fencers were qualifying and competing at national events within a few years.
After five years at the YWCA, Wasatch Fencing found its way back to Layton, where it resided for a few years before opening a dedicated fencing facility in Kaysville in 2000. By then, James Neiswanger joined us as a coach along with Gary Bryant, our first armorer. Several years later, Martin Gravis joined us as a coach/armorer.
Here are some interesting facts about our club:
We are blessed to have the opportunity to work with thousands of youth over our club’s history. We look forward to working with many more youth in the years to ahead.