11 year-old fencer Victoria Pevzner placed second in the U-13 Girls’ Foil event at 2018 Challenge Wratislavia, an international youth fencing tournament in Wroclaw, Poland, March 22-26, 2018.

The 13 year-old and under’ girls foil event included over 180 competitors from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and many other countries.

While Pevzner’s success at Wratislavia can be attributed to her skills and endurance, her ability to focus, mobilize mentally and push through difficult situations played an even greater role.

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Pevzner, of South Orange, began fencing nearly 4 years ago. In 2017, she also began athletic performance training at Origin Health & Fitness, a private personal training studio in Livingston.

Since joining V Fencing and Origin Health & Fitness, Pevzner’s father, Vadim, notes that she “has been making steady progress, improving her technical skills, physical fitness and mental toughness. Training and conditioning has started to yield visible improvements in her performance.”

Pevzner’s strength and conditioning coach at Origin, Cisco Javier, adds, “Victoria diligently applies what she learns. I am proud of her competitive drive and her newfound, balanced understanding that training and competition is about progress, not perfection. Her gains in strength, agility and mental fortitude will continue to position her for success.”

Pevzner recognizes that this victory is just the beginning of her journey. She is eager to apply her learning at upcoming tournaments to finish the season on a strong note.