LIVINGSTON, NJ — Thirteen-year-old Origin Health & Fitness student athlete and fencer Chase Emmer took to the fencing strip to finish sixth out of 266 fencers from 42 countries in the U14 Men’s Foil event at the Marathon Fleuret in Paris this February.
Emmer’s performance is a testament to physical will and mental fortitude, as he was coming off a finger injury and spent the week prior to the competition sick with the flu. Despite these setbacks, he ended the first day of competition as the top seeded fencer. He then powered through a second full day of bouts with only two defeats to claim sixth place overall.
Emmer, of Morristown, has called Livingston his home for training for years. He fences with Livingston’s V Fencing Club and began strengthening and conditioning at Origin Health & Fitness in Livingston almost two years ago.
Emmer’s strength and conditioning coach at Origin, Cisco Javier, notes that through his hard work and dedication at Origin, Chase has reached a higher level of training that has directly impacted his performance on the fencing strip. Additionally, his hard training allowed him to develop the mental toughness necessary to succeed against physical, psychological and emotional adversity...as evident in the Paris Challenge CEP.
Last summer, Emmer also became a National Fencing Champion when he won the Y12 Men’s Foil Championship at the 2017 USA Fencing Nationals.
“Chase has the heart of a champion,” said Javier. “A champion relishes competition and is willing to put everything on the line. The outcome is irrelevant, it’s the desire to pursue what you become in the process. The work and the effort is its own reward to a champion. That’s how a champion wins. Everything else is a bonus. Chase has a bright future ahead in competitive fencing and is an absolute delight to coach.”
Emmer’s next stop is the 2018 Junior Olympic Fencing Championships in Memphis, TN.