Having been an organizer at the Summer Olympics and Paralympics, I understand what it feels like to have the whole world focused on the city I have lived in all my life. It makes a person feel really proud. It's kind of like having a big party and inviting the whole world. A good mascot adds to the energy and enthusiasm for the Games, especially among volunteers and organizers. A bad mascot detracts from this energy and enthusiasm.
Leon Paul Blog
Brought to life in 2016, this blog looks at our sport in all its forms and from all angles. Are you ready to explore the world of fencing?
"Never was so much owed by so many to so few"
Winston Churchill-August 20, 1940
This story doesn’t really have much to do with fencing, but I want to share it with you anyway.
It was in 2006, I’d flown to London for work. I was staying with Barry Paul and his wife Joan, who live near the Brent Reservoir in Wembley. Barry is Leon Paul’s grandson and now owns the Leon Paul Fencing Equipment Company. In his day, Barry was a 5 time National Foil Champion of England and he knows the sport of fencing like no one else I have ever met. He is a naturally funny man with great sense of humor and a heart of gold.
The Leon Paul Reel, or Spool, as they say in England will last for years. Every single part of this reel is available on our website and can be easily replaced. The only item that you need to repair a Leon Paul reel is a pair of safety glasses and maybe a small screwdriver. You might need wire-strippers for a more complicated repair.
My name is Bill Murphy. I have worked as an armorer at countless national and international fencing events. I was the Sports Equipment Coordinator of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Fencing Event, a Weapon Control Coordinator at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Fencing Event and Team Armorer for the 2004 and 2008 US Paralympic Fencing Team. I fenced for about 7 years back in the 1980’s and I used a Leon Paul bayonet body cord and socket the entire time.