The Fayette Citizen-Sports Page
Wednesday, April 14, 1999
Parker swings a mighty sabre for U.S. team

G. Colin Parker of Fayetteville, a junior at The Heritage School in Newnan, won the bronze medal in Cadet men's Individual Sabre on March 30 at the Junior Cadet World Championships in Keszthely, Hungary. He was one of only three Americans to win individual medals in the week long tournament. Colin also recently won the gold medal at the Junior Olympics in Chattanooga, TN and was named the U.S. National 1998-1999 champion in this event.

This was Colin's fourth consecutive gold medal in Cadet Men's Sabre tournaments. His record earned him the spot on the United States team competing at the Junior Cadet World Championships. Additionally, Colin is ranked fifth in Junior (Under-20) Men's Sabre and is 13th in the Open Sabre (All Ages) rankings in the United States. In his quest for a place on future U.S. Olympic teams, Colin has also competed in three junior World Cup tournaments this year in Italy, Germany and Spain.

Colin has been fencing with the Nellya Fencers for eight years and is coached by Arkady Burdan. Maestro Burdan has been coaching for 31 years and is a former Soviet Olympic Coach. He has coached in the Atlanta area for nine years, coaching Nhi Lan Le to a spot on the Olympic Team.

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