FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Former Sacred Heart men's fencer Justin Dion has been selected to participate in the United States Olympic Fencing Training Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. beginning April 1.
"It was kind of a surprise to get invited," said Dion. "I keep surprising myself with my accomplishments."
A 2012 graduate with a bachelor's degree in mathematics, Dion spent this past season as an assistant coach for epee for the Pioneers' men's and women's teams. He also coaches at the Fairfield Fencing Academy. Dion was a four-time All-Northeast Fencing Conference First Team performer in epee while at Sacred Heart. He qualified for the NCAA Championships twice, finishing 13th in 2010 and 11th in 2011 and was the Pioneers' first epee All-American.
Dion caught the eye of the Olympic Fencing Program after going 4-2 in pools at a World Cup event in Italy this past January. At that event, he blanked 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Jose Luis Abajo of Spain 5-0. Dion looks to participate in another World Cup event in May.
"Justin continues to improve as a world class epee fencer and I look for him to become one of the top five epeeists in the United States," said Sacred Heart Head Coach Dr. Thomas Vrabel. "He has not yet reached his full potential as a competitor. He has a special combination of amazing point control, height (6'5"), speed, and quickness that is rarely seen. Over his career as a Pioneer he had an incredible 11-1 record when the match was tied at 13 all and it was up to Justin to get the final win. Only Stuart Holmes has been a similar performer in that ultimate pressure situation. It will not surprise me at all if Justin Dion is on the US National Team for the World Championships or the Olympics over the next few years."