Whitehorse Chevaliers Fencing Club is hosting a Level 0 fencing coaching course in Summer 2016/17
Fencers, parents and teachers welcome (minimum age 16 yrs). This is your chance to get basic coaching accreditation for FREE.
Level 0 coaching mostly covers running group classes and general coaching skills. The course will provide you with the skills to run warm-ups and beginner classes at the beginner level, and to assist generally in running group classes. The theory component will also count towards your Level 1 accreditation if you choose to take coaching further, and you will be eligible for coaching insurance.
Having Level 0 coaches will allow fencing clubs to provide more training opportunities and better accommodate beginners, so please think about getting involved. For example, a Level 0 coach could run warm-ups, or show a new person the basics, if the head coach is busy running a junior class or one-on-one lessons. It will also be helpful in running fencing demonstrations at schools and community events.
For teachers and teenagers, this will allow you to run a basic fencing class at a school. And it will look great on your CV for volunteering or professional development.
See attached flyer for more details. Please RSVP to email@example.com
End of Year Presentation BBQ
This is our annual event where we gather to enjoy good food and company, and hand out lots of awards. Including certificates, the Challenge Cup trophy, and medals to the winners of the sabre, epee and foil competitions. Friends and family are more than welcome.
Please join us for a BBQ lunch at Ringwood Lake Park. Meeting at 12pm, we usually try to get a BBQ close to the playground area near Maroondah Hwy.
We’ll be providing sausages (onion, bread and sauce), or you can BYO something more to your taste. We also ask everyone to bring a plate of something to share.
Please send us your nominations for awards! While there are some serious ones like Most Improved, most are fun ones like Most Impressive War Wounds, Most Spectacular Equipment Failure, and the infamous Drama Queen. People are welcome to make up new ones if they feel one is deserved.
Bulk Equipment Order
Want to buy your equipment but can’t figure out where to start? By popular demand we’re doing a one-off bulk order for equipment through the club.
To participate, fill in the order form and get it back to us, with payment, by Oct 26th. We’ve aimed to keep things as simple as possible, it’s aimed at helping people get started, if you have strong opinions about your equipment you can buy it yourself.
Results from Riverina Regional Fencing Championship, September 2015
Congratulations to the Whitehorse Chevaliers fencers who went to the Riverina Regional Fencing Championships and came back with 16 medals!
Tim got gold in Open Men’s Sabre and Novice Men’s Epee; he got silver in Open Men’s Epee, Open Men’s Foil and Novice Men’s Foil.
Josh got gold in Novice Men’s Sabre, silver in Novice Men’s Epee and bronze in Open Men’s Sabre.
Oscar got gold in Under 13 Men’s Foil and silver in U15 men’s foil.
Connor got silver in Novice Men’s Sabre.
Cathi got silver in Open Women’s Sabre, bronze in Novice Women’s Sabre and bronze in Novice Women’s Epee.
Jordan got gold in Novice Women’s Sabre and bronze in Open Women’s Sabre.
Well done to everyone who went! Especially to Jordan who had to pull out of epee on Sunday due to injury, after fencing her way to gold in sabre despite the injury; and to Tim and Josh who fenced brilliantly in a state of total exhaustion.
Bring a friend day, Saturday, September 12th.
If you have a friend who would like to try fencing, or whom you have been trying to talk into it, this is the day. On September 12th, you can bring a friend for a free trial session. The session will include: beginners in both junior and open sessions, beginner-friendly footwork (so you can all have a bit of a rest) at 10am, morning tea for fencers and their parents, and a group fencing game around 12.30. Bring A Friend Day flyer, September 2015
Competition preparation workshop, Tuesday, September 15th.
Planning to enter comps in the near future? This workshop will include drills, fencing, and some discussion on competition preparation and psychology to help you get ready. This workshop start at 8pm sharp (so there will not be a novice session that night). The cost is $15, payment due beforehand or on the night. Whilst this is timed to help prepare those going to Riverina (so far we have Tim, Connor, Oscar, Jordan and Cathi going), there are also a lot of competitions coming up in Term 4, so be prepared!
School holiday workshop, in the morning on Saturday September 26th at Nunawading.
This will include swordplay for ages 5-10, with parents and older siblings welcome to join in; introduction to fencing for adults and for children aged 10 plus. School holiday & swordplay flyer, August 2015
Club AGM, Saturday, October 10th.
Our annual general meeting will be held at 9.15am on this date, at the same time as the under-15s training, finishing before the open session at 10am. All positions will be open. As our club has a high and growing level of teenagers and under-15s, we rely on both adult members and parents to be on our Club Committee and keep the club running. This is a great time to join in a key role, or as a general Committee member.
All weapons novice session starting on Saturday mornings. An all weapons novice session will run from 9.15am to 10am on Saturdays, from the start of Term 4.
Epee and Sabre competition, Sunday August 16
We will be running a sabre and epee competition on Sunday August 16th in Ringwood. Sabre roll call at 9.30am, epee roll call at 12.30pm. Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase on the day. Entry fees are $15 for one competition or $25 for both, with entries due by August 13th. Flyer attached.
May news: Bunnings BBQ Sunday June 14, beginner fencing course starting June 16, mid-winter competition June 28
Bunnings Box Hill Fundraising BBQ
Sunday, June 14th, 9am-4pm, at Bunnings Box Hill, 259 Middleborough Road, Box Hill
Whitehorse Chevaliers will be running a Bunnings fundraising sausage sizzle on June 14th. Club fees only cover the cost of venue hire, insurance and junior coaching. The BBQ will help to raise funds that we can put towards more electric kit and other club equipment. We urgently need volunteers to help set up (8am-9am), cook and sell sausages (9am-4pm), and pack up and clean up (4-5pm). Adults and teenagers aged 15 or more can cook; kids can assist with handing over food and taking money. Please let us know when you are available to assist. We have suggested 2 hour slots from 8am onwards, but if you can only manage 1 hour, or can come for 3-4 hours, that would be great too.
Please let us know as soon as possible if you can help. Text Cathi on 0412 247 526 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Beginner Sabre Fencing Course, June 16th-July 7th
Suitable for adults and for teenagers aged 12-17, this class will provide an introduction to fencing, with a focus on sabre. The course will involve four 1.5 hour classes. Warm up and footwork will be at 7.30, small group lessons from 7.45-9pm, followed by an hour of electric bouting (this hour is optional practice). The club sabre competition will be in August, so for those wanting to try out sabre, this is a good time to start learning.
Details are: Tuesdays, 7.30pm-9.00pm, St Johns Hall, 494 Whitehorse Road (Maroondah Highway), Mitcham
$120 for non-members, $80 for members. All equipment provided.
Contact Lisa: 0450 556 330, email@example.com
Midwinter Tournament, Sunday, June 28th 2015, Foil 48er Competition
A 48er is a fun, fencing filled day. There are four rounds of mixed pools with no elimination of fencers. By the end of the day you are fencing a final pool of fencers of a comparable standard, so that everyone is in a challenging ‘final’. Medals are awarded for the top three in each pool, along with additional awards based on results or popular nominations.
Location: Central Ringwood Community Centre, Bedford Park, Bedford Road, Ringwood.
Roll Call: 9:45am
Awards Ceremony: 4.30 pm (or thereabouts)
Entry Fee: $15 (maximum of 48 entries)
Entries Due: Thursday, June 25th
Entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ringwood Highland Games, Sunday, March 29th
Whitehorse Chevaliers will be putting on a fencing demonstration at the Highland Games on Sunday, March 29th. We urgently need junior and adult volunteers, to do fencing demonstrations, assist in ‘have a try’ bouts and hand out information on the club. The demonstration will be from 11am-1pm, so it won’t take too much time out of your day. Please let us know if you are able to assist, text Cathi on 0412 247 526 or email email@example.com.
Free Referee Training Course, Sunday, March 22nd
If you would like to learn more about how to referee bouts – and in the process learn more about how your own bouts are being scored – we recommend the Fencing Victoria refereeing course. Click the link for more information and to register. There is only one per year, so make sure that you don’t miss out. As we are a star club, you can register for free.
Coffee morning, February 7th
This coming Saturday (February 7th), we will be hosting a coffee morning from 9.15am for the parents of the juniors (their siblings are also welcome of course). It will be in the meeting area at the front of the Nunawading Community Centre (just go through the double doors after dropping your child at their fencing session).
We will be discussing:
– State competitions suitable for junior fencers, including the benefits of doing comps and what it’s like to participate in a competition, competition preparation (a training session is planned for the end of February), borrowing club equipment for competitions, and car pooling to make it easier to get there.
– Club activities being considered for 2015, including social activities such as Lasertag or outdoor Laser Strike, and club competitions/workshops.
– How to get involved and support the club.
We will have coffee, tea and nibbles.
Competition preparation session for Junior State Competitions and Novice/B-Grade Competitions, February 28th
This session will start at 10am with a quick warm-up and footwork. People will then be set up with pool sheets to try and fence as many pool bouts as they can on 3 strips between 10:30 and 11:45am.
Any juniors wanting to join in will have already done their warmup and footwork, so they can join in at 10:30 when their class finishes.
From 11:45-12:30, we will discuss preparing before the competition and competition psychology, then give people some bout scenarios to practise. Lisa will be available for any specific questions that people have.
Upcoming referee course
There is a referee course on Sunday, March 22nd, from 10am to 5pm. If you are interested, the Club will cover the cost. It is suitable for fencers who wish to learn the basics of refereeing; and fencers who have been fencing a while and would like to be eligible for paid refereeing during state competitions. Being able to referee well helps you to understand where you will gain and lose points during a foil or sabre bout, and allows you to participate more in club bouting (e.g. refereeing people who are using a different weapon to the one that you’re familiar with).
Thursdays at Olinda – January 29th, 7pm-9pm.
Junior Classes at Nunawading – January 31st.
Beginner Class – January 31st (foil fencing at Nunawading, 9am-10.30pm) and February 3rd (sabre fencing at Mitcham, 7.30pm-9pm)
Don’t forget that you will need to pay your membership and Fencing Victoria affiliation at or before the first fencing session! You can pay by cash or cheque on Saturday 10th or Tuesday 13th, but if you want to do a bank transfer (and we love it when you do), make sure that you do it this week. This is probably also a good time to talk to Lisa if you want a development plan for 2015.
New Members: Not sure where to start or even if this is the sport for you? Come along to our first session on the 10th and have a chat! It will be a relatively quiet and relaxed session, so an ideal time to find out what is involved and maybe even to have a go. Bring $20 if you’d like to have an introductory lesson and to test your skills with the club equipment.
Tactical Skills Workshop
Saturday 17th of January.
9am-12pm, with an hour of free-bouting and Q&A time afterward.
$30 for club members, $45 for non-members.
This workshop will provide an introduction to tactics and strategy, how to think tactically about your fencing game, tips on how to build it into your training, and a little bout psychology thrown in. It will include lots of hands-on practice exercises to put the theory to the test for all three weapons. Get ready to take your fencing to the next level in 2015!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more info or to RSVP.
A foil beginner course will start on Saturday, January 31 at Nunawading, from 9am-10.30am.
The courses will consist of seven 1.5 hour classes, and will include equipment use and a trial club membership for the term. The cost of each course is $160 per person. More details are available here.
Coffee morning and parent information session at Nunawading – February 7th, 9.15am. This will be for parents of the juniors, in the seating area adjoining the main entrance at Nunawading. We will be discussing social and training opportunities for the junior fencers, particularly ways to help more kids to get involved in competitions.
Fencing Victoria club level affiliation = $26. This is in addition to annual/quarterly fees. You may prefer to pay this on their website, especially if you plan to upgrade.
Full annual fee = $450. Or quarterly = $130. More information here
– Competition Preparation classes – probably February and March.
– Coach Development Group – for anyone thinking about becoming a coach in the next couple of years. We’ll be looking for people to enter the State Teams competition in February, and to attend the referee course when that gets scheduled by Fencing Victoria. Later in the year, you can look forward to our Mid-Winter Foil Tournament, and we’ll be launching another club competition for the epee and sabre fencers. We also have a whole lot of other events that we hope to organise, you’ll hear about those early in 2015. Last, but not least, the Challenge Cup kicks off for another year from January 10th. Remember to fence early and fence often!
Fencing cake at the end-of-year barbecue and awards