Squirrel Hill teen Guy Waks Beresteanu will compete on the U.S. Juniors Male Fencing team at the 2015 European Maccabi Games in Berlin this summer. The competition takes place every four years and represents Europe’s largest Jewish sporting event from more than 30 countries worldwide.
For the first time since World War II, the games will be held in Germany. The event also occurs 50 years after the establishment of German-Israeli relations. This celebration of Jewish unity, culture and heritage takes place next week at Olympic Park in Berlin, the same location where Jewish athletes were prohibited from participating in the 1936 Olympic Games.
“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent the United States and the Pittsburgh Jewish community at this historic world event,” says 14-year-old Beresteanu, who will attend Taylor Allderdice High School in Squirrel Hill this fall.
Beresteanu has been fencing since he was 6 and has competed at the 2014 USA Fencing National Championships, where he earned a C15 rating. He has also qualified for the 2015 U.S. national competition in San Jose, Calif.
“I love fencing because it is very intense,” he says. “You have to be extremely fast and accurate, and it’s also a mental game.”
The 2015 European Maccabi Games take place July 27 through Aug. 5. For more information, visit http://www.emg2015.de/en