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UWA Fencing Club Newsletter, September 2021

Dear UWA Fencing Club Members,

A few more updates and reminders since our July update.  Unfortunately, we continue to be affected indirectly by the onging challenges caused by COVID, and we must continue to practice good hygiene practices, and continue to use the COVID safe App or COVID register whenever at the Club. 

COVID also continues to impact travel into and out of Western Australia and a number of events including the AFC3 event (due to occur on 27-30 August) and now the Australian Masters Games have had to be postponed.  

Annual General Meeting
We will hold our Annual General Meeting on Saturday 30 October at 9:45am.  Please submit your nominations for Committee positions to by Saturday 16 October indicating:
  • Name:
  • Position (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer or Committee Member):
  • Name of a supporting member:

Coaching Course

We will be holding an accreditted Level 1 epee coaching course for experienced fencers who wish to formalise and refine their coaching skills on 2-3 October.  We welcome both trainee coaches as well as 'students' to assist the trainee coaches (which will mean they can also listen and participate in the course and potentially get lots of free lessons!  

Talk to coach Scott if you would like to know more about this opportunity.


UWA Fencing Club is hosting a number of local events coming up.  I encourage you to compete, and for those not competing (including parents) to volunteer where they can (we are always pleased to train volunteers in a range of skills to support our fencers).  While some national events have not yet been cancelled, it is uncertain at this time as to whether they will go ahead.
Date Time Epee Events Venue
Sunday 12 Sept 9:00 Junior  #2 UWA Claremont
Sunday 12 Sept 11:30 Novice  #2 UWA Claremont
Weekend of 25-26 Sept   National Junior Champs Melbourne
Sunday 24 Oct 9:00 U15  Final UWA Claremont
Sunday 24 Oct 12:00 U17  Final UWA Claremont
Weekend of 30-31 Oct   AFC 4 (National Event) Sydney
Sunday 7 Nov 9:00 Veteran  Final UWA Claremont
Sunday 7 Nov 11:00 Junior  Final UWA Claremont
Sunday 14 Nov   U13 Final Event Excalibur
Sunday 21 Nov 9:00 Open  Final & Teams UWA Claremont
Weekend of 4-5 Dec   National Champs Melbourne
See for more information about FencingWA Events.
See for more information about Australian Fencing events.
See for more information about the Australian Masters Games fencing event.
The last junior training for Term 3 will be held on Saturday 25 September.
Training resumes for school age groups for Term 4 on Saturday 16 October.
Adult fencers will continue training at the usual Tuesday and Thursday sessions.
Indicative times are as follows (come along at your usual time or as agreed with your coach):
Day Time Class
Saturdays   9:00 – 10:00am    Primary age group (includes beginners)
Saturdays 10:00 – 11:00am High school age group (includes beginners)
Saturdays 11:00 – 12:30pm Intermediate level
Tuesdays    5:00 –  6:00pm School age groups
Tuesdays   6:30 –  7:30pm All ages
Thursdays   6:30 –  7:30pm All ages (includes beginners)
Junior beginners should come along if possible at the time indicated on Saturdays.  Adult beginners are very welcome to come along for a free ‘have-a-go’ session from 6:00pm on Thursdays.
I have provided some additional information below.  Feel free to pass it on to friends and family who might be interested in trying out with the Club (don’t forget to tell them that the first session is free!)
Please remember to pay your fees according to your schedule, as follows:
Membership fees are:
2021 Fees Quarterly Half Year Annual
UWA Students  $            60.00  $       110.00  $        200.00
U11s / Modern Pentathletes  $         100.00  $       190.00  $        360.00
Juniors (under 20s) / UWA Staff / Concession  $         160.00  $       310.00  $        600.00
Adults  $         180.00  $       350.00  $        680.00
Please pay any outstanding payments to:
Account name: UWA Fencing Club;
Account number: 254829855
BSB: 016452 
Please use your surname in the payment description.
And e-mail to confirm payment.

Volunteers and Contact Details
There are many people who help to keep the Club running smoothly.  Thanks to all our volunteers including (but not limited to) those listed below.  As noted above, we always welcome volunteers for both committee and non-committee positions if you can spare some time.  Please contact Ben for more details. 

In addition to committee and competition volunteers, we will need help this year as the Club is hosting the FencingWA end of year function.  Please let us know if you can help to run this important event.
If you need to contact anyone for any specific needs, please find some key contact details below:
Role Name E-mail Phone
Coach Scott 0411 472 338
President Ben 0413 426 595
Vice President Xuan Jun  
Treasurer Aaron  
Secretary Vacant  
Student Rep George  
Committee Members Jonathan
Member Protection Kendra  
Debbie 0435 811 853
Armoury Chris  
Please make sure to sign up to the mailing list as this is our main means of communicating with participants:  (if you are still not seeing messages, then please check your junk mail settings.
You can also get seek information through the following:

Social Distancing
Most of you will have now downloaded the SafeWA app.  Please continue to scan the QR code on the gym door upon entering or alternatively fill out contact details on the COVID register. 
You should also continue to follow social distancing measures within the Club including avoiding hand shaking and using the provided hand sanitizer. 
UWA Fencing Club trains at UWA Claremont gymnasium on Goldsworthy Road.  If you park in the carpark on the corner of Goldsworthy Road and Princess Road then you can find us just past the basketball court and next to the oval.   Follow the signs to the International Martial Arts Centre (IMAC).
What to bring
Until they obtain their own set of gear, beginners should wear trainers, long tracksuit pants, and a T-shirt and bring along a water bottle.  The club provides other necessary equipment for loan. 
As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or ideas to improve and support our Club!
Kind regards,
Ben Peden
UWA Fencing Club
ph: 0413 426 595

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