Fencing Banned in Scotland?!?!

Well…sort of.  Scotland has apparently passed a law which bans the selling of blades except from your coach. (this seems really odd).    So they’ve started a petition to try to get this law overturned…here is a bit of info below.

Are you going to sign this petition to help them?

Background (Preamble):

As of 1st June 2010 a new law came into force in Scotland, which now means the sport of fencing is being totally restricted.

Under this new law fencers will NOT be allowed to buy weapon blades at events, they will only be able to buy from their coach who may not be there.

Therefore, as happens quite often if a blade breaks you can not just go buy a new one from the equipment stand at the venue.

Read More and Sign the Petition:
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/sport-fencing-and-new-weapons-act.html

Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope Gala: Bill Clinton Honored. Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Lopez and Dan Marino’s Charities Supported

It has been a busy week!  From New York City, to Boston, to Venezuela and back again to NYC for the Samsung Four Seasons of Hope Gala at Cipriani Wall Street. I was introduced to the crowd by Regis Philbin, along with my Olympic team pals SarahHughesNY and AngelaRuggiero. The gala,run by Samsung, raised over 1 million dollars for the charities of Dan Marino, Boomer Esiason, Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey and Arnold Palmer this year.  All of whom run foundations to assist children in need around the country and world.

The highlight of the evening was President Bill Clinton receiving an achievement award and speaking to the crowd about his work in Haiti and how it is the responsibility of everyone to step up and help our world.   To close the evening,  Jennifer Lopez and Mark Anthony performed.  Mark Anthony did a pretty cool rendition of Hotel California!

Also in attendance were Wendy Williams, Ex-NY Yankee Bernie Williams, Jill Zarin and Zach Taylor.   I got to tell Wendy that I love her show, other revelations are that Bernie Williams has a #1 song on the Latin Contemporary Music charts and Matthew McConaughey has a gun for an arm! (Seen when he threw a football across the whole of Cipriani’s massive ballroom!)

Special thanks to the folks at Samsung for having me and to the US Olympic Committee! (Especially Mallika and Chris!)