The Fencing Club has had a busy second semester for 2014. It began with their inaugural Intermediate Course, designed to build on the skills taught in ‘Introduction to Fencing’. The ‘Intro to Fencing’ successfully ran for the third time this year, again with a full enrolment. Impressively, beginners from that block were among the largest Fencing contingent to go to Uni Games. Prior to that, the club hosted their Annual Competition - offering two days of fencing across all weapons in both Novice and Open categories. Congratulations to the club’s novice winners of the inaugural Novice Shields: Joel Admas-Bedofrd (Mens Foil), Dale Drummond (Mens Epee), Isabella Robinson (Womens Sabre), Henry Zhang (Mens Sabre).
After the Annual the club’s attention turned to Uni Games. Additional trainings were held, Alumni Club (ANU Sport) members kindly lent gear that the novices were missing and a team trip up to The Riverina Championships in Wagga Wagga wrapped off the preparation. The team brought home a good selection of medals from that competition. All the preparation paid off, too, as the club gained three individual bronzes and five team ones at AUGs, narrowly missing out on the Mens Epee Finals by 2 points over a 45 hit bout. Congratulations to Isabella Robinson and Sarah Hall-Kearins, who both picked up medals despite only having 7 months and 7 weeks experience respectively.
Additional to Uni Games, the club have been supporting the newly-formed ACT Sabre Squad. Sabre, the only fencing weapon to allow touches scored with the edge of the blade, has become exceptionally popular in the ACT this year. With support of Orima Research and ANU Sport, the ACT Sabre Squad has begun regularly training alongside the Fencing Club. An astonishing nine ANU Fencers were selected for this squad and will represent ACT at the AIS Arena on the 5th and 6th of December at the 2014 Australian Open Championships. Get along from 11am on Saturday the 6th to see the teams in action!
ACT Sabre Squad Members from ANU Fencing:
· Karol Andrzejewski
· Joel Adams-Bedford
· Michael Cook
· Amanda Ford
· Lance Lau
· Tom Makin
· Alister Oulton
· Charlotte Stevens
· Henry Zhang
Finally, the Fencing Club’s U20, U23 and Veteran fencers are looking forward to the continuation of their Age Group State Championships over the end of October. The club has so far had Ash Mills become the State U20 Men’s Epee Champion and a host of oh-so-close-Silvers and Bronzes across the other age groups.