Fencing, the sport of fighting with swords, is not a common sport in Port Washington. In fact, there are only three Schreiber students who actually do fence. There is not even a fencing team at Schreiber High School, and the students who do want to participate in competitions have to do so individually at other schools' fencing events.
Hazel Greene, the mother of Travis Pereira, a senior at Schreiber High School who loves to fence, has been encouraging her son to advance his skills in the world of fencing. Both Travis and his mother have been fencing for two years, and they train at the North Shore Fencing Club, which is located on Community Drive in Manhasset, under the coaching of Vladimir Gofman.
There are three levels of fencing each involving a different sword- Saber, Epee and Foil. They both compete in the Epee level . They both also competed at the nationals in Miami, Florida in the beginning of June. Travis competed in the under 19 division, in which he finished 100 out of 140. One has to be in the top 25 percent of the Northeast to compete in the nationals. The qualifying rounds to compete in the Nationals were held in Vassar College in which Travis placed 14th out of 80 plus participants. In the Long Island competition he has the best record and is number one in the All Island team. He won 22 matches and only lost two this past year.
Travis wishes to participate in the 2012 Olympics in London, following in his mother's footsteps. His mother was a three- time Olympic participant for Ireland in Archery, in 1980, 1984, and 1988. However, she also competed in the Fencing Nationals in Miami alongside Travis in the Veterans age group; she came in sixth. He and his mom both train together, and spar with each other. When asked if he could beat his mother in a fencing match, Travis responded confidently, "Yeah! Of course."