Fil-Am Heritage Athlete Lance Tan to represent the Philippines at Fencing World Championships in Bourges, France

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Fifteen year-old fencer Lawrence”Lance” Tan will be representing the Philippines April 1-10  at Les Championnats du Monde D'Escrime (World Cadet and Junior Fencing World Championships). 

Tan, who formerly represented the United States and medalled  at several Pan-American Youth Championships and has been selected as a member of Team USA for the Cabries, France cadet squad opted to represent the Philippines in the 2015-2016 season.  This past July, Tan competed in 2015 Batang Pinoy (Philippines National Youth Games) and won Gold in both Y14 Foil and Epee.  He is the first Philippine heritage athlete to compete in and win gold in fencing at Batang Pinoy. 

When asked about his decision to represent the Philippines, Tan said:  I wont lie. It was a very difficult decision.  When I traveled to the Philippines with my parents and travel coach to compete in Batang Pinoy last summer, that is when I knew I wanted to represent the Philippines.  During my time there, I trained with the national team at the national training center, met the national coaches and also the officers of the Phillippine Amateur Fencing Association (PAFA). Everyone was so welcoming, friendly and supportive.  In addition, I met two heritage athletes who are currently on the national senior team, Wilfred Curioso and Brennan Louie.  They showed me around and shared their experiences with  me.  When I won the national youth championships in Foil and Epee, I realized that it would be very special to represent my heritage country in international competition.  I talked it over with my coach and my parents and we came to the conclusion that it would be not only great for my fencing, but also a wonderful thing to represent the Philippines.  I have already represented the Philippines in 2 European cadet events.  I believe I am the 1st Filipino to hold a European Fencing Confederation license.  This past March, I competed in my 1st U.S. North American Cup under the Philippine flag.  I won a bronze in Team Foil and a bronze in Y14 Epee, so it was great to see the Philippine flag on the results board.  I think that is a first too (a Philippine national on the podium at a national youth event in the U.S.). 

Tan currently trains in California at Golubitsky Fencing Center under head coach Sergei Golubitsky.  Sergei Golubitsky is an Olympic silver medalist, 3-time World Champion, and 5-time World Cup overall Champion. 

Lawrence Tan is the eldest child of Dr. Jackson C. Tan and Attorney Darlene DeGuzman Tan. Dr. Tan was born in Jolo and resided in Manila prior to relocating to the United States in 1986.  Attorney Tan is a first generation American.  Both of her parents were born and raised in Manila, prior to immigrating to the United States as young adults in the 1950's.

Tan will compete in 4 events in France:  Cadet Foil, Cadet Epee, Junior Foil and Junior Epee, along with 5 other members of the Philippine contingent.  Coach Golubitsky will accompany Tan to France.