Ward, Becca

Ward steps to the fore at saber championships
From: The Regal Courier

Rebecca Ward, 16, of Cedar Mill, became the new Senior World Champion in Women’s Saber fencing Oct. 2 in Torino, Italy at the 2006 Senior World Championships.

While claiming international fencing’s top prize, Ward’s victory also came with a number of other historic achievements, including:

Becca Ward (right) and Beaverton’s Mariel Zagunis (here with coach Ed Korfanty) went 1-2 in the World Saber Champion-ships on Oct. 2, 2006 At 16, she becomes the youngest Senior World Champion in history.

She becomes the only fencer to ever win the Cadet, Junior and Senior World Championships in a single season. Her Cadet and Junior victories came at the 2006 Cadet/Junior World Champion-ships in Taebaek City, Korea, in April.

She became the only fencer to simultaneously hold all five possible World Championship gold medals (her three individual medals, plus the 2006 Junior Team World Championship and the Senior Team World Championship from Leipzig in the 2005 Senior World Championships). The 2006 Team competition was held a week after the individual meet in Torino, so she held the “all five” designation for just a short period of time).

Her Senior gold medal is the first for the USA in individual World Championships competition.

Becca Ward (right) and Beaverton’s Mariel Zagunis (here with coach Ed Korfanty) went 1-2 in the World Saber Champion-ships on Oct. 2, 2006

Ward narrowly missed a single year Grand Slam, but, she and her teammates won the Silver Medal in the Senior Team competition on Saturday, losing a close bout to France.

Beaverton fencer Caity Thompson was the fourth member of the U.S. Saber team and brought home a silver Team medal as well.BeccaWardL.jpg

In addition to Ward’s gold medal, teammate Mariel Zagunis of Beaverton took the silver and Sada Jacobson of Dunwoody, Ga., took the bronze.

Ward had to survive five straight match points in the semifinals of the individual championships against Korean fencer Hye Lim Kim. After trailing 10-14, she prevailed 15-14 to advance into the finals against Zagunis, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist.

Ward then defeated Zagunis 15-11 to become the Senior World Champion.

Until the Women’s Saber accomplishments at the 2006 championships in Torino, Italy, the USA had never won any individual medal at the Senior World Championships.

Rebecca, Mariel and Caity are all coached by Ed Korfanty at the Oregon Fencing Alliance in Beaverton.




Becca Ward (Left), at the USFA Hall of Fame Ceremony, 2007 


Women's Saber Olympians

Women's Sabre
2004 Mariel Zagunis, Gold
2004 Sada Jacobson, Bronze

Women's Saber World Champions

Gold Medalists
2000, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Christine Becker, Nicole Mustilli, WST
2001, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Amelia Gaillard, Emily Jacobson, JWST
2001, Mariel Zagunis, CWS
2001, Mariel Zagunis, JWS
2003, Sada Jacobson, JWS
2004, Caitlin Thompson, CWS
2004, Emily Jacobson, JWS
2004, Amelia Gaillard, Emily Jacobson, Caitlin Thompson, Mariel Zagunis, JWST
2005, Sada Jacobson, Caitlin Thompson, Rebecca Ward, Mariel Zagunis, WST
2005, Emily Jacobson, Caitlin Thompson, Rebecca Ward, Mariel Zagunis, JWST
2006, Rebecca Ward, CWS
2006, Rebecca Ward, JWS
2006, Jackie Jacobson, Caroline Vloka, Rebecca Ward, Dagmora Wozniak, JWST

Silver Medalists
2000, Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Catherine Pack, Amelia Gaillard, JWST
2001, Sada Jacobson, JWS
2002, Emily Jacobson, Sada Jacobson, Mariel Zagunis, Amelia Galliard, JWST
2004, Mariel Zagunis, JWS
2006, Caroline Vloka, CWS

Bronze Medalists
1999, Amelia Gaillard, CWS
2000, Mariel Zagunis, CWS
2006, Jackie Jacobson, CWS

US National Women's Saber Champions


1998 Kelly Williams was the first Div 1 champion

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