At the beginning of each fencing bout our fencers indicate their acknowledgement, recognition and respect to those individuals chosen to preside the match. As with most sports, but in particular with fencing, officiating is no easy task. Our official’s ability to recall and replay the events leading up to a point or an infraction, or to decide which athlete has priority or the point, are skills that are only obtained through dedication and commitment to our sport. Good officiating is key to the success of our sport, so it is only fitting that on National Official’s Day, that we take time to acknowledge and thank those athletes, coaches and officials who have ever presided over a match. SALUT!