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Filipino American wins silver and bronze medals for Team USA at Pan-American Youth Championships

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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica --- Twelve year old Lance Tan  was selected to represent the United States as a member of Team USA in the Pan-American Youth Championships (Campeanado Esgrima Pan-Americano Infantil y Veteranos) held in San Jose, Costa Rica August 16-22.

Tan was one of two youth athletes chosen from the state of Florida.  For the first time, the tournament included both youth and veteran events,  in which Team USA competed against other national teams from the Pan-American region, including host nation, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Venezuela, Guatemala, Panama, Brazil, and Puerto Rico.

Tan resides in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida with his parents, Dr. Jackson C. and Attorney Darlene DeGuzman Tan,  and his younger brother, Liam.  Dr. Tan was born in Jolo and resided in Manila prior to relocating to the United States.  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, a three-time team member and 6 time medalist at the three previous Pan-American Youth Games, competed in both epee and foil events. Tan competed in the 13 and under youth division in both foil and epee, and did a "repeat" of last year's performance, earning a silver in epee and a bronze in foil.  He was the only member of the youth squad to earn two medals.   Tan said:  I love representing the United States in international events.  This was my fourth time to compete in the Pan-American region, so it seems like I know everyone and almost everyone knows me. It feels like home.  Plus after the competition, the youth fencers were able to zip line in the cloud forest and go white water rafting on the Pacuare River.  That was a lot of fun! 

Tan was accompanied by travel coach, John Harrold of Hub City Fencing, Edison, NJ.  Tan is trained by Coach Raul Toro, President of Jacksonville Fencing Club and Coach Tyrone Alleyne of A’La Fencing Instruction in Palm Coast, FL. Coach Harrold said: The expectations for Lance and the entire Team USA are always very high. Lance is a "veteran" of these types of competitions and has learned to cope with all of the excitement and stress of international competition.  Every time he has fenced in these games, he has brought home 2 medals for Team USA, and that is no small accomplishment.  We are all very proud of him.

Tan immediately begins competing in the new fencing season, which begins this month.  He also has something to look forward to, as the Pan-American Fencing Congress announced that next year's tournament will be in Aruba.

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