NEW YORK— As one of the most unique summer fencing experiences in the United States, Columbia Fencing will host its annual 2018 Lions Epee Fencing summer camp for boys and girls ages 14-18 from July 23-27 at Dodge Fitness Center on the Columbia University campus. For complete information, camp brochure and for a registration form click here.


Olympic Fencing Champion Britta Heidemann will serve as this year’s guest coach. Heidemann, a member of the German National Fencing Team since 2001, has earned three Olympic medals during her illustrious career after won three Olympic medals at the 2008 Olympic epee championship in Beijing, the Silver Medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games and Silver Medal as part of the German team in 2004 Athens Olympic Games. Heidemann has also captured several World and European championships including the 2007 World Title in St. Petersburg, 2014 Vice World title in Kazan, 2009 European championship in Plovdiv and 2011 Vice European Championship in Sheffield. She is also a multiple winner in a variety of World Cup Tournaments. More information is available on Heidemann at this link.


Joining Heidemann as camp coaches and special advisors include Columbia Head Coach Michael Aufrichtig, who has guided the Lions to two national championships and a combined eight Ivy League titles (five men's and three women's), Columbia University Athletics sports psychologist Dr. Brent Walker, Columbia University athletics nutritionist Amy Marteney, Columbia Speed and Conditioning trainer Verb Fitness and Columbia Fencing Ki-Hara Resistant Stretching specialist Chuck Rowland. In addition, USA World Team members and Columbia varsity fencers will also serve as coaches at the camp.


The Lions Fencing Camp is open to any and all entrants aged 14 to 18. It is an opportunity for campers to learn a winning approach to competition preparation. Daily sessions emphasize and teach tactical knowledge, competitive bout situations, mental preparation and competition planning. The camp is designed for those fencers interested in competing at the highest levels: internationally, nationally and collegiately.


The camp is unique because it emphasizes practice techniques; specifically, how to practice under pressure in order to prepare for competition one faces in college or in a North America Cup. It allows the campers to practice in Columbia’s Fencing Room, walk on Columbia’s Campus and eat in the Columbia Dining Halls. The program offers the following: Critical Bouting situations, Fencing Specific Conditioning, Sports Psychology Seminar, Panel discussions, and college preparation.


Tuition for the camp is $850 which includes a T-shirt and lunch at Columbia Dining Halls and/or nearby restaurants. Space is limited. To apply, click here.