WOOLWICH TWP. — On International Women’s Day, Jane Rode-Eyre was recognized by the USA Fencing Association as the most dominant fencer in the history of the Veteran World Championships.
Her 16 veteran world medals, in individual and team events, is the most of any USA fencer, male or female. Her 11 individual world medals are tied for career most and her seven World Championship titles marks the most of any USA Fencing Athlete of any age.
In October 2018, Rode-Eyre set the USA Fencing record by winning her seventh FIE Veterans Individual World Fencing Championship in Livorno, Italy. Rode-Eyre has also won eight USA Fencing national championships and 48 national gold medals as well.
In 1972 Jane Rode-Eyre was voted best female athlete by her Kingsway High School graduating class. 1972 was also the year that Title IX was voted in – but there would be no athletic scholarships for women until the following year.
Rode-Eyre went to art school instead. For the next 25 years, the only “sports” she participated in were walking and jogging.
In 1997 at age 44, with her son off to college, Jane took a fencing class at a local high school in Medford, New Jersey. She loved fencing from the start and became a sabre fencer.
When she attended her first Summer Nationals in 1999, she learned about the Veteran World Championships. She decided right then that she wanted to win the event when she turned 50.
When that time came, the FIE (International Fencing Governing body) still hadn’t sanctioned veteran women’s sabre, but she continued training; and in 2005, when she was 52, she won the Inaugural Vet50 Women’s Sabre World Championship.
Rode-Eyre is the owner and coach at Infinity Fencing Alliance in Woolwich Township. Rode-Eyre and her coach Wang Yung, who himself is also a USA, Asian, and Veteran World Champion, teach beginner though advanced fencing for children and adults
Rode-Eyre and Yung continue to compete and will be traveling this year to Salt Lake, Toronto, Taipei, and then to Cairo, Egypt this fall for the 2019 Veteran World Championships.