Manny is the only fencer in the Junior Olympics who has qualified in two fencing weapons, the epee and foil. “I’ve been fencing since third grade,” said Manny. “When I was younger, I was always playing with foam swords. So, my mom was proactive and found a fencing club.” His ultimate goal is to fence for the Puerto Rican National Team.
History of the Olympian Fencing Club
Olympian Fencing Club was founded in 2010 by Velizar Iliev, a former Olympian (Sydney 2000) and World Champion in Modern Pentathlon. As an accomplished fencer, Velizar assembled a program to teach epee fencing to students of all levels. Velizar retired in November 2022 and the club is now run by Head Coach Tommi Hurme, a former Princeton Varsity Fencing Team Captain, Junior National Champion, and NCAA All-American.
Olympian Fencing Club currently operates out of the Henrich Center for Fencing and International Sports, a Bexar County Community Venue located on the St. Anthony High School campus and managed by the University of Incarnate Word.