The organizers of the Berlin Fencing Association e.V. and Fecht-Club Grunewald Berlin e.V., together with their partners and supporters, above all the sports metropolis of Berlin, guarantee the development of the "White Bear" into a still attractive and sustainable tournament format.
Thanks to the Fecht-Club Grunewald in particular, the "White Bear of Berlin" is still today a figurehead for international fencing at the highest level. Since 1990 the association directs the organisation and realisation of the high class fencing tournament. Motivated members like Anita Herrmann, Dieter Bergmann, Jutta Boergers or Angelika Bennat have been conntected to the “White Bear” for many years.
It began in 1960 with a relatively small number of participants in men’s épée and women’s foil and later developed to a real mammoth task. Averagely 150 fencers from around 25 nations find their ways to Berlin every year and expect a smooth tournament procedure with a “few extras”. Even for experienced tournament managers like Dieter Bergmann (Honorary President of Fecht-Club Grunewald) this is not always easy: “The association goes wild every time at the turn of the year.”
Looking for support it was first looked inside the association and the organisation team of Grunewald was rejuvenated. Another big partner was brought in with the Berlin Fencing Association (BFB) which engaged with the “White Bear” already in 2015 as the federate professional association.
Since 2016, the challenges of the "White Bear of Berlin" have now been mastered together. The traditional tournament is progressing step by step towards a sustainable and modern sports event. New and innovative partners such as Eventtation are creating the technical basics and are constantly developing new modules to meet the needs of the fencing show in the Historic Dome Hall.
The "White Bear" also receives great support from the many volunteer helpers and supporters. Thanks a lot for this!
Again in 2020, around 80 helpers will be needed to master the many tasks involved in organizing and holding the tournament event. Volunteers can sign up for our volunteer list. All helpers receive a T-shirt and a small fee.
Direction: Mario Freund, Marian Moldenhauer
Financing: Steffen Knoblau
Marketing, Press: Dirk Röder
Technical Team: Dieter Bergmann, Toni Kneist
Referees: Sven Uentzelmann
Moderation: Christian "The Voice" Holzmacher
Registration: Sabine Weber-Bergmann
Galafinal, Volounteers: Torben Lehberg, Jenny Schiller
VIP-Receiption: Alecsandra Hartmann-Hehn, Torsten Siebert
and many more