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UWA Fencing Club Newsletter, 7 July 2022

Dear UWA Fencing Club members, families, and supporters,
It has been a while since I’ve managed to prepared a newsletter, so we have lots of news to cover!
I would like to start by congratulating Alex Buswell for his bronze medal results in both the U15 and cadet Australian National Epee Championships in Sydney over the weekend. 
Congratulations too to John Downes for his 19th placing as the recent Asian Championships in Seuol, Korea, the highest ranking in men’s epee by a member of the Australian team.
We also wish George Dale best of luck for the forthcoming World Championships In Cairo, Egypt.
We have an upcoming accredited coaching course run by coach Scott, as well as a forthcoming Club Handicap Competition.  Other upcoming competitions include the National University Fencing Championships and a national open competition (AFC#3) both here in Perth!
We are encouraging juniors to get in some extra training over these school holidays and our regular junior sessions will re-start on Saturday 23 July.
Also covered in this newsletter:
  1. Training Times
  2. Events Coming Up
               Level 1 Accredited Coaching Course (23-24 July)
               Club Competitions
               Uni Games
               FencingWA Competition Calendar
               National Competition
  1. Club T-shirts and Tracksuit Update
  2. Fees
  3. KidSport
  4. Volunteers and Contact Details
  5. Fencer Safety
               Equipment and Behaviour
               Inclusion, Equity and Diversity
               Member Protection
  1. Communications
See below are for more details.
  1. Training Times for the remainder of 2022
Junior training will be held in 2022 at the following times:
2022 Training First Saturday of Term Last Saturday of Term
Term 3 23/7/2022 24/9/2022
Term 4  15/10/2022 10/12/2022
As noted above, juniors are encouraged to continue training over school holidays at the concentrated training times of Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6pm and Saturdays from 11am, with a focus on bouting.  Adults generally can train throughout the year with a short break over Christmas when the gym is closed. 
Current training times are as follows (come at the time indicated or as agreed with your coach): 
Day Time Class
Tuesdays  4.30 – 6:00pm School age (Youth U13)
Tuesdays  6:30 – 8:00pm Open club training
Thursdays 6:00 – 7:00pm Beginners courses
Thursdays 6:30 – 8:00pm Open club training
Saturdays 9:00 – 10:00am Primary age group (fitness, friendship and fun)
Saturdays 10:00 – 11.30am High school age group (includes beginners)
Saturdays 11.00 – 1:00pm Open club training
  1. Events Coming Up
Level 1 Accredited Coaching Course (23-24 July)
UWA Fencing Club will shortly be running a level 1 epee coaching course in collaboration with Fencing WA.
The course will be excellent not only for up-and-coming coaches (or those wishing to polish their skills), but will also provide valuable knowledge for any fencer wishing to improve their skills. The course will run 11-6pm on Saturday 23/7 and 9-5 on Sunday 24/7. The course will be free for UWA club members.  No additional equipment will be required except your standard fencing kit, a drink bottle and snacks.
If you wish to join the course or would like more information, please contact coach Scott at
Club Competitions
UWA Fencing Club plans to run a range of Club level competitions.
Our next event is the UWA Fencing Club handicap competition, on this Tuesday 12 July from 6:30pm. 
The competition will be a poule unique format, meaning all fencers will fence each other to 5 points. The competition will have a handicap system to even things out. The comp will start at 6.30pm and run until 8.30pm.  It will be self-paced and self-regulated. No need to register and no entry fee, just turn up on the day.
This is a fun and casual event, so please come along and enjoy fencing in a warm and friendly atmosphere!
We are also keen to train referees and competition directors (Directoires Technique or DTs), so please contact Ben if you are interested!
Uni Games
The Unisport (National University) Fencing Championships will be held in Western Australia, at Murdoch University, from 25 – 28 September.
UWA Fencing Club encourages UWA students and coaches to register their expressions of interest for this event. Please follow the following link for more details:
and to register your interest, please go to:
FencingWA Competition Calendar
Some key events coming up include:
Date Time Event Location
30-31/7/22 TBC Excalibur Masters Annie St, Fremantle
14/08/2022 9:00 Junior Epee #2 UWA Claremont
TBC Australian Youth Circuit#3 Melbourne
28/08/2022 TBC Under 13 Epee Cavaliers, ECU Mt Lawley
18/09/2022 9:00 Open Epee #3 & Teams UWA Claremont
24-25/09/2022   UniSport Nationals Murdoch Uni, PERTH
1-2/10/2022   Australian Fencing Circuit #3 GOLD NETBALL CENTRE PERTH
23/10/2022 TBC Under 13 Final JSA, Francisco St, Rivervale
23/10/2022 TBC Novice Epee Final JSA, Francisco St, Rivervale
29-30/10/22 TBC Australian Fencing Circuit #4 MELBOURNE
5-13/11/22 TBC FencingWA State Finals GOLD NETBALL CENTRE PERTH
26/11/2022 TBC Australian Senior & Veteran Championships ADELAIDE
27/11/2022 TBC Australian Youth Circuit Final ADELAIDE
Please refer to the FencingWA calendar for the full schedule of events and instructions for entry.

Please note that to enter a FencingWA event you must first be affiliated with the association. This can be completed by following this link.
If you are entering junior or beginner events, particularly for the first time, please first speak to coach Scott or Ben to ensure you are ready and so that the Club can best support you.

If you have any queries about these events please email Dee Jennings, Operations & Communications Officer at
National Competition
To find the Australian Fencing Circuit calendar, please see:
In particular, I would draw your attention to the AFC#3 event, to be held from 30 September to 3 October 2022 in Western Australia at the Gold Netball Centre.
I encourage all experienced fencers to enter, noting the FIE equipment requirements and need to affiliate with FencingWA, pay capitation fees, as well as competition entry fees.
In addition, WA desperately requires volunteers including to assist with set up, pack down, weapons check, referees (requires accreditation) and runners to support the DT. 
Please speak to coach Scott or Ben in the first instance if you are interested in competing and/or volunteering at the event.
  1. Club T-shirts and Tracksuits
Club T-shirts and tracksuits have recently arrived and will be distributed to those who have paid for them.  For those who have ordered but not yet paid, equipment can be paid for by credit card upon collection.
  1. Fees
Membership fees are:
2022 Fees Quarterly /
Beginners Courses
(to be paid by Sat 12 Feb 2022)
UWA Students $           60.00 $        180.00
Primary school (9am class) $         120.00 $        360.00
Juniors (under 20s) / UWA Staff / Concession $         180.00 $        540.00
Adults $         200.00 $        600.00
Please remember to pay your quarterly fees unless you have already paid annual membership.
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 payments.
  1. KidSport
Juniors may be eligible for subsidized membership supported by the Western Australian Government.  Visit the KidSport website for more details:
  1. Volunteers and Contact Details
I would like to thank and welcome the incoming UWA Fencing Club Committee for 2022.
We will shortly need to arrange an Annual General Meeting to elect a new committee going forward.  In the meantime there are a number of casual vacancies.  Please contact Ben if you would be willing to dedicate a modest portion of your time to be on our committee (usually an on-line meeting every 2 months).
We also welcome anyone willing to contribute, learn more, and volunteer in areas of coaching, equipment armoury, web management, social media, and communications/promotion!
If you need to contact anyone for any specific needs, please find some key contact details below:
Role Name E-mail Phone
Coach Scott Rawlins 0411 472 338
President Ben Peden 0413 426 595
Vice President Vacant  
Treasurer Aaron Fudge  
Secretary Ian Foster  
Student Rep George Dale  
Committee Members Jonathan Poon
Kendra Edmonds
Member Protection Kendra  
Debbie 0435 811 853
Armoury Chris Stronach  
  1. Fencer Safety
Equipment and Behaviour
At UWA Fencing Club, we always require safe fencing practices including wearing appropriate safety equipment including masks, glove, jacket, breeches and using safe and using epees at the appropriate time and way. 
UWA Fencing Club teaches fencers to safely manage distance and score touches (‘hits’) which are safe and should not be ‘rough’ or ‘hard’.  However, as a contact sport, sometimes there is some rough physical interaction which may be accidental or deliberate. 
Fencing can create heightened passions and fencers may be upset or frustrated where their fencing is not as effective as they might like, however fencers should learn to manage these emotions and while fencers may be frustrated, they should avoid directing negative behaviours towards others.
Should fencers display unacceptable behaviour including deliberate rough contact or other abuse (including ‘sledging’) then the Club coaches or committee members may speak with fencers and parents to address these behaviours.
Inclusion, Equity and Diversity
UWA Fencing Club aims to provide an inclusive environment and supports fencers whatever their age, fitness or ability.  We support participation in wheelchair fencing and can support fencing with a range of different abilities and needs.  We also expect all of our coaches, members, volunteers and supporters to:
  • Act within the rules and spirit of Fencing;
  • Promote fair-play and good sportsmanship over winning at any cost;
  • Encourage opportunities for people to learn appropriate behaviours and skills;
  • Support participation and engagement in all aspects of fencing at the club;
  • Show respect and courtesy to all involved with the club;
  • Respect the rights and worth of every person, regardless of their age, race, gender, ability, cultural background, sexuality or religion.
Please ensure you encourage any younger fencers to reflect on these expectations.  I would be pleased to share our Inclusion, Equity and Diversity Policies and to discuss these further.
Member Protection
As a member of UWA Fencing Club, you should feel safe and free of discrimination, harassment or abuse.  If you are subjected to unacceptable behaviours, you have every right to make a complaint and receive assistance in dealing with the situation.  If you have any concerns, please speak with a committee member, coach or Member Protection Information Officer (Kendra or Debbie). 
Please also note that if any illegal behaviour is alleged, then the appropriate authorities will be advised accordingly.
Please note that a number of UWA’s strict measures regarding COVID safety have now been lifted. 
The UWA COVID-19 Premises Access Direction  ended on Friday 6 May. This means that from Saturday 7 May there is no longer be a requirement for students, staff or visitors to show proof of full vaccination to enter indoor University premises. 
Nevertheless, UWA Fencing Club encourages members and visitors to continue to practice good health practices including social distancing, wearing face masks where appropriate, maintain hygiene standards including cleaning masks and epees after use.  All members are encouraged, as far as possible, purchase their own equipment.
You can visit for the latest COVID information from UWA.
  1. Communications
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As always, I'm happy to hear any concerns or ideas from members.  Please feel free to contact me using the details below. 

We look forward to seeing you all again soon!
Kind regards,

Ben Peden
UWA Fencing Club
Ph: 0413 426 595

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