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Will fence for food

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

Bruce Malcolm said his son Robbie has always wanted to help people. As residents of Park City, the father and son hoped that those who live a good life in Summit County could help those in need down in the valley.

Seven years ago, at the age of 12, Robbie began a nonprofit organization called Community Donations Inc. It started when Robbie was doing some spring cleaning of his own, and wanted to donate his old ski clothes.

"This being the ski town that it is, I figured if people had a place to donate they’d be willing to," Robbie said.

Robbie placed collection boxes around town to collect winter clothing and then took them to the shelters in Salt Lake City. People began donating their old clothing and the collection boxes began to fill up.

"It was turning into a good community service project," Bruce said.

Six years ago, the Malcolms took that idea one step farther. Because fencing is a big part of their lives, they decided to host an annual fencing tournament in connection with Park City Academy. Instead of collecting money from competitors and spectators, they collect cans of food and items of clothing. Bruce said the idea was a big hit and continues to grow each year.

"There’s a fairly large fencing community in Utah," he said. "This has been a very popular tournament."

Bruce said there are typically 40-50 competitors from at least seven clubs around Utah who attend, as well as several from out of state.

"They all like being part of the cause," he said. "People who are visiting Utah on ski vacations and find out about it, they come.

The tournament begins at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 2, with the youth competitors. Open events for adult competitors begin at 11 a.m. The open event begins with a round-robin bout and then goes to direct elimination.

"It’s a last man standing then," Bruce said.

He said spectators can expect to see an all-day competition in two weapons: foil and epee.

"We get several of the competitors that are highly ranked, national competitors," he said. "(Some) have participated in World Cup events. It will be (highly competitive) in the open level."

Bruce said spectators are encouraged to attend the tournament and learn more about fencing.

"Bring donations to help the cause," he said. "If people become interested in the sport, there’s great fencing available in Park City and we want to expose them to that."

The tournament will be held at the Park City Academy, 3120 West Pinebrook Road. For more information, visit http://www.parkcityfencing.org or call Elaine Aliberti at 435-901-39240.


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