Welcome back to all our fencers! It was great to see so many at the first session on Saturday 1 February, and the first Bladez session on 8 February. And also our first beginners for 2020 - showing their enthusiasm above!
The 2019 Mike Middleton Club Handicap Trophy was presented by Lynne Middleton at the Saturday session on 15 February at 2:30pm. This is awarded every year to the winners of our annual foil, epee, and sabre handicap competitions. Our 2019 winners were Tom Austin (sabre) and Antonio Ruffo (foil and epee).
Remember that using safe equipment and clothing is a requirement of fencing at Cavaliers. This includes pants that end below the knee (including when you are en garde!). Fencing breeches are ideal, but other stretchy pants like tracksuits or leggings (not jeans) are fine. We know it's hot, and it is fine to wear shorts for footwork and for some drills or one-on-one lessons. But remember to bring along those long pants to change into: shorts = NO fencing!
Thank you to everyone who has already registered for Cavaliers 2020. If you have not yet, make sure you register at http://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=37362. You will also need to affiliate with Fencing WA - information is available on the Cavaliers registration link above. Registration is due by Saturday 22 February. If you have any questions or have difficulties with registering, please contact us at email@example.com.
Beginners' Fencing Course
Our first beginners' course of the year took off this weekend, as shown in our newsletter header image. This seven week course runs from 22 February to 4 April. There is still time to register: next Saturday 29 February is the last start date for this course. We will have two other courses later in 2020, starting in May and July - see our website for registrations and info.
Know any kids aged 9-12 interested in learning fencing? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about a trial at Bladez sessions, which run from 1-2 pm on Saturdays during school terms.
Club Handicap Trophy and Competitions
The first round of handicaps is complete for 2020 - congratulations to our first winners of the year. You can see results on our Facebook page. The next competitions will be held on:
Remember to arrive by 12:45 to compete!
- Sabre - 14 March
- Foil - 28 March
- Epee - 4 April
Upcoming state and interstate competitions (Junior)
WA - U15, U17.
State competitions for all weapons for under-15 and under-17 will be held on the weekend of 7-8 March. Details available on the Fencing WA site soon.
South Australia - U10, U12, U14.
Fencing South Australia invites your junior fencers in the Under 10, 12 and 14 age groups to compete in the Future Champions Cup over the weekend of March 28 & 29, 2020. This is the first event in the Minime series held in SA, VIC and NSW. This event will be held at the new "Lights Community and Sport Centre" venue which opened last last year: https://thelights.com.au/. Fencers are required to be registered with their home state. Details are at http://fencingsa.org.au/Portals/15/2020%20Future%20Champions%20Cup.pdf.
Brisbane AFC #1
Registrations are now open for the 2020 Australian Fencing Circuit (AFC#1), to be held in Brisbane from 3 to 5 April 2020. More information is available from the AFF site. The deadline for standard registrations is 20 March 2020, after which late fees will apply.
Sydney - U14, U15, Cadets, Junior
Registrations are open for the 2020 Sydney Fencing Games in July at the NSW Fencing Centre. This is a NSW Fencing Association program, which will incorporate Australian Fencing Federation events. https://nswfencing.org.au.
The first Fencing WA Junior (i.e. under 20) foil competition ran on 1 February. Congratulations to Xavier Adamos (1st), Aron Thian (2nd), Hugh Callaghan (3rd) and Matthew Weatherald (3rd). They also all represented WA in the first Junior interstate competition, held in Melbourne from 14-16 February, in men's foil (Aron 15th, Xavier 16th, Matt 17th, Hugh 25th) and men's sabre (Xavier 8th, and in WA sabre team which won silver).
We still have some Cavaliers club t-shirts available. Contact Sven to see what we have in your size!
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The ECU Cavalier School of Fencing aims to provide a safe and efficient structure with a friendly inclusive environment in which to enjoy the sport of fencing, where individual ambitions and skills may be pursued and developed.
To provide opportunities to participate and excel at all levels, with strong membership, appropriate coaching and sound resources.
• Further the sport of fencing
• Provide adequate opportunities for participation in fencing
• Encourage sportsmanship in fencing
• Endeavour to provide professional coaching and officiating by means of
high and consistent standards, using best practice methods
• Promote sociability amongst members
• Provide efficient and effective administration