Women’s Fencing Symposium

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Date: Sunday September 11th

Time: 3pm – 5pm

Place: St John’s Primary School, 494 Whitehorse Road, Mitcham

RSVP: Please register by Sept 8th for catering

Whitehorse Chevaliers would like to invite women and girls of all ages with an interest in fencing to join us at our Women’s Fencing Symposium.

Join the Facebook Event here

Symposium Flyer
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Women’s Fencing Symposium press release, August 2016
Whitehorse Chevaliers Fencing Club Fact Sheet

Who is it for?

  • Current fencers
  • Former fencers
  • Prospective fencers
  • Friends and Relatives of fencers
  • Referees, coaches and club administrators
  • Any other women with an interest in the sport

What is Happening?

  • Guest Speakers, with audience Q&A
  • Fencing session, meet other women and girls in fencing, exchange ideas and feedback
  • Fencing Have-a-Go, for those who want to find out what it’s all about
  • Trading Post, advertise kit you want to sell/swap or give away, services and club events
  • Afternoon tea provided, catch up on the latest in the fencing community
  • Door Prize, donations welcome.

Guest Speakers

Helen Smith

HelenSmith (1)Helen began fencing at age 14, and represented Australia at three Olympic games in 1976, 1980 and 1984.

She is an internationally qualified referee, Fencing Master of Arms in all three weapons with considerable coaching experience, has held administrative positions at additional Olympic Games including being on the DT for the Beijing 2008 games, been president of state and national fencing governing bodies, and president of the Oceania Fencing Confederation. This is not a complete list of her achievements!

In 2008 she was appointed Special Advisor For Women In Fencing to the FCA (Fencing Confederation of Asia). She is a Member of Honour at the FIE, and received an Order of Australia honour last year.

Herald-Sun Article
FIE Hall of Fame Article
Star Weekly Article

Evelyn Halls

HALLS_EVELYNEvelyn Halls began fencing at the age of 10.  She wasn’t particularly interested in fencing, but he sister was and they needed an extra person for the classes to go ahead.

While it wasn’t love at first stab, over 30 years later she is still an active international competitor in Women’s Epee, and a regular on the podium at national Open events.  She represented Australia at 2 Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004.

Evelyn is now a Director on the board of the Australian Fencing Federation, mother to her daughter Gabriella, and continuing her career in law.

Wall Street Journal Article
Magazine Interview
The Age Article

Samantha Auty

AutySam has been fencing Sabre for 15 years, starting in an after-school program at primary school where she was looking for a new sport to try.

She is now four times junior and three time senior national champion, and continuing to compete and win medals at national open events.   She is the current State Sabre Coach, and is an FIE referee in both Sabre and Epee.

The women’s sabre event was only introduced into the Olympics in 2004 and a lack of female participation in sabre is something Sam experienced throughout her teenage years.

Fencing Travel Blog


Christina took up Foil fencing 5 years ago as an adult, and now competes in national Veterans competition events.

We are very pleased to have her share her experiences as an adult beginner and competitor with us.