Houston, Texas celebrated “Mauro Hamza Day” on December 26th, 2009. This was the rather obscure holiday chosen for this week.
Mauro Hamza is originally from Cairo, Egypt, and established his fencing academy in Houston – one location can be found in the L-shaped white building. Hamza also served as Fencing Program Coordinator at Rice University from 1998 to 2014 and spent three years serving the Southwest fencing community as volunteer Chairman of the Gulf Coast Division. Mauro was the Egyptian Olympic coach for the men’s and women’s foil teams at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and was the United States Fencing Association Men’s Foil National Coach 2009-2010; then USA Foil Director for Men’s and Women’s National teams in 2010-2011.
There are two locations of the Salle Mauro Fencing Academy in the Houston area.
Found in front of the fencing:
- Paul Voestermans
- Eloy Cano
- Phil Ower
- Martin de Bock