LOWCOUNTRY FENCERS OFFERS AN ATHLETIC OPTION FOR KIDS TO ACTIVE SENIORS
Most kids tend to get started in sports with the staples — baseball, basketball, soccer — but kids in the Lowcountry have a new option at their disposal, and it has appeal even for children who might not show interest in traditional athletic options.
“What little boy wouldn’t enjoy being able to bout with a weapon and not get in trouble for it?” says Amber Caswell, whose 12- and 9-year-old sons have become avid fencers since joining a growing club —lowcountry fencers (the club’s official name is all lowercase) — aimed at introducing area youth, and their parents and grandparents, to a sport that hasn’t previously taken hold in the region. Caswell’s oldest son, Colten, picked up an épée two summers ago when Hilton Head Island resident Patricia Wilkens put together an open house at the Island Rec Center. It was Colten’s first foray into sports, and he was immediately hooked. His younger brother, Haden, joined the mix a year later.