Congratulations to sophomore Danny Campbell who recently represented Team USA at the Junior and Cadet Pan American Fencing Championships in Havana, Cuba. Danny finished in 6th place for his event, Cadet (U17) Men's Epee, and was the top U.S. finisher. He lost in a very close and exciting bout to a young man from Cuba.
Danny starting fencing when he was in third grade, inspired by something he saw on a television show. He now trains at the Fencing Sports Academy in Fairfax City and has competed at local, regional and national tournaments. Earlier this year he competed in the European Cup in Bratislava, Slovakia, where he finished in 42th place in an event with over 200 competitors.
When he's not training or competing, Danny finds time to play the tenor saxophone in the O'Connell Jazz Band and still hit the books. He was named to the U.S. Fencing Association's All-Academic First Team.
For now, Danny is focused on his training and looking at more national competitions in the years to come. He hopes to continue to fence in college and has starting looking at Division I schools that offer this opportunity.
Top Photo - Danny Campbell wears his O'Connell gear with pride in Cuba.
Photo below - Danny Campbell competes for Team USA at Ciudad Deportiva in Havana, Cuba.