Easter School Holidays

School Holiday Workshops

We will be running two school holiday workshops, the first is suitable for beginners, the second is for existing fencers and those who have completed the earlier workshop. Class size is limited to ten fencers, so bookings are essential!

Beginners aged 7-13 will learn the basics of the fencing with the epee and sabre, and get a chance to fence a real fencing match. All equipment is provided, just bring water and a snack.

When: Thursday 12th April

Times: 10am-11:15 (Beginners) and  11:30-1pm

Where: Sportslink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport. ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants. Please wear long pants, this is a safety requirement.

Cost: $15 Beginners/$20 Fencing Skills.  Club Members can participate for free.
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Open Day

There will be an open training session for prospective members to come and try the sport. This session is free, all equipment provided, and you’ll get to experience all the elements of a typical fencing training session. Beginners are most welcome!

When: Saturday 14th April

Time: 10am-12pm Ages 9 to adult.

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport. ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants. You can wear shorts for some of the activities, but will want long pants with you for when you start the real fencing.

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School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Workshops

We will be running two school holiday workshops suitable for beginners.  Class size is limited to ten fencers, so bookings are essential!

You’ll learn the basics of the fencing with the epee and sabre, and get a chance to fence a real fencing match.  All equipment is provided, and the room we have booked has air-conditioning, because wearing the safety gear in a hot room is no fun.

When:  Tuesday 23rd January

Times:  10am-11:15  Ages 5-9,  11:30-1pm – ages 9-13

Where: Sportslink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  The 9-13 age group should avoid wearing short pants if possible.  U9’s can wear shorts.

Cost: $20 per person
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Open Day

There will be an open training session for prospective members to come and try the sport.  This session is free, all equipment provided, and you’ll get to experience all the elements of a typical fencing training session.  Beginners are most welcome!

When:  Saturday 20th January

Time:  10am-12pm  Ages  9 to adult.

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  You can wear shorts for some of the activities, but will want long pants with you for when you start the real fencing.

 

Coach Development Day

Our first session of the year will see our coaches engaged in some personal development and practicing their coaching techniques.

This is also a session for prospective coaches and coaching assistants, including parents and teachers interested in obtaining a Level 0 Community coaching qualification.  You can find out what’s involved, ask questions, and have a go.

Fencers are also welcome to come along!  There’s a good chance you will pick up some free lessons when the coaches want to practice.  Pistes will be available for you to fence on.

When:  Saturday 13th January

Time:  10am-12pm

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

 

Want to coach at Whitehorse Chevaliers?

We want to expand our programs in 2018, and to do this we need more coaching staff!

This includes paid roles for assistant coaches!

The pay rate may vary depending on experience and extent of class coaching taken on. This position is an entry-level position, we are happy to accept new coaches into the role and to assist with your further development.

If you are interested, please contact the Head Coach (Lisa) at coach@whitehorse.riposte.com.au

 

Job Title
Assistant/Junior Coach

Duties
Assist the head coach with running classes and supervising fencers.
This may include running warm-ups, group drills, stretching and fitness training.
Share responsibility for maintaining a safe and inclusive club training environment
Provide a positive and supportive environment for all fencers
Support fencers at competitions where appropriate.
Maintain and develop your coaching skills and accreditation.

Time Commitment
Hours to be covered by one or more assistant coaches include:
Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 7:30pm-9pm
Opportunities to coach during Mon-Fri business hours, and additional evenings later in the 2018 may also be available if desired.  Assistant coach role is suitable for job sharing.

Attendance for at least 90% of agreed timeslot(s) is required.

Skills and Competencies
At least a Level 0 coaching qualification, or commitment to acquire this by Q1 2018.
Appropriate affiliation with Fencing Victoria (coach or full)
Working with Children Check

Ability to manage a group of up to 12 fencers, with guidance from the head coach.
Willingness to work with a variety of ages and skill levels
Lead by example to teach respect, timeliness and responsibility to young fencers.

 

Start Fencing in Term 4!

Term 4 is here, and it’s a great time to start fencing.  If you are new to fencing or need to refresh your memory, here are your options:

Teens & Adults:

  • Saturdays at 10:45 in Nunawading
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 in Mitcham
  • Thursdays from 6:30 in Olinda

U13 Classes:

  • Saturdays at 9:30 in Nunawading (7-10), or 10:45 (10+)
  • Tuesdays at 4:30 in Vermont South (5-8)  (Free trial sessions, 10th and 17th!)
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 in Mitcham (9+)
  • Thursdays at 6:30 in Olinda (8+)

We also have a waiting list for Thursdays, 4:30pm at Vermont South (ages 8-12)

All classes start this week, come and try one out to see if it is right for you!

School Holiday Activities

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 8.44.41 PMWe’re keeping busy during the school holidays, with lots of free activities planned.

Club members should remember that training runs as normal on Tuesday evenings (from 7:30pm in Mitcham), and Saturdays continue to run with reduced hours (10am-12pm)

Saturday September 23rd – Sabre Try-Outs

10:30am – 11:30am, Nunawading Community Centre

Want to learn the basics of sabre fencing?  Come and have a go!  Or arrive early and hop on the piste for some extra training if you have the edge.

Thursday September 28th – Bulleen Plaza Public Demo

10:30am – 1pm, Bulleen Shopping Plaza.

Fencing demonstrations, and kids have-a-go sessions at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30.  The sessions run for 30 minutes, and are completely free!

Saturday September 30th – Epee Clinic

10:30am – 11:30am, Nunawading Community Centre

Curious about Epee fencing?  Come learn the basics, or join the experts for some training from 10am if you already know how.

Sunday October 8th – Women’s Fencing Day

1pm – 5pm, Vermont South Sportlink

For girls and women of all ages, come and listen to our guest speakers over afternoon tea, then try your hand at fencing!  Again, this is a free event!

Midwinter Fencing

Our Midwinter Tournament is coming up, Sunday July 2nd.

To help everyone prepare, we’d like to invite all epeeists and sabreurs to join our training sessions on Tuesday June 27th, and Saturday July 1st.  On these days we will waive visitor fees for anyone who signs up for the Midwinter Tournament!

The aim is to have Tuesday as a big sabre night (starting 7:30pm), and Saturday as a big epee session (starting 10am).  But all visitors are welcome at both sessions.

So come fence us for fun prior to the competition, no RSVP necessary.

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School Holiday Clinic

When: Wednesday July 12th

Where: Vermont South Sportlink

All equipment provided, just come dressed for sport if you don’t have your own fencing kit.  Please RSVP as soon as possible to ensure sufficient equipment is available.

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New Fencers:

10am – 11am : U12 Swordplay

Learn the basics of fencing using foam weapons and fun games.  Suitable for kids with no prior fencing experience.  $5 per person

11:30 – 12:30 :  Sabre Fencing

For ages 10+, learn to fence with the sabre.  If you’re keen, join us again after lunch to test your new skills using electric scoring equipment.  Suitable for older kids and teens with little or no prior fencing experience.  $10 per person

1pm – 2pm : Competition Sabre Fencing

Suitable for anyone who has at least held a sabre sometime today and knows which end is which.  Step onto the electric pistes and see how it feels to fight under pressure.  $10 per person.

Current Fencers:

10am – 11am : Footwork Frenzy

Put some effort into improving and making the most of this vital aspect of your fencing game.

11:30 – 12:30 :  Practice Makes Perfect

Add some bladework to your amazing footwork in these drills and watch your opponents flee in terror (maybe).

1pm – 2pm : Competition Fencing

Step onto the electric pistes and see how many bouts you can complete in an hour.  Keep a record of your stats – there may be prizes.

Cost is just $25!

The main focus is likely to be sabre, but we will happily provide for foil and epee as well.

Swordplay Sabre

By popular demand, the Swordplay class at 9:30 on Saturdays will be a junior sabre class for the remainder of term 2 and probably term 3.

It will continue to be a 1 hour class, more advanced sabreurs are advised to join the competition class at 11am, or you could do both.

Beginners are welcome, and the age guide is 8-12.  Our first training goals are the club Midwinter Tournament (U13 event), and the Victoria Challenge (U11 & U13).

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U13 Foil Teams

Our club will be hosting a team competition for U13 foilists.  All clubs are invited to send a team or two.  It will be a friendly atmosphere for the young fencers to gain experience and meet other fencers in their age group.

Sunday May 7th

Central Ringwood Community Centre
Bedford Park, Bedford Road, Ringwood.

Close to Ringwood train station, car parking on site.
Lunch & snacks available at the canteen.

Roll Call: 10am
Awards: 2pm (or thereabouts)
Entry Fee: $30 for one team, or $50 for two.
Entries Due: Monday May 1st
Email Entries to: president@whitehorsechevaliers.com
Equipment Req: As for Fencing Victoria Category 2 competitions
Format: We’re aiming to provide all fencers with 3 team matches, exact format will depend on the number of teams.

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Epee Clinic – April 22

After the success of the Sabre clinic, the Epeeists were keen to have a go.  So we are pleased to be able to offer an Epee Clinic on Saturday April 22nd with coach Rudi Lewith.

It will run 10am-12pm, be free for members and $20 for visitors.  There will be about a 1 hour group class, followed by an hour to practice with other epeeists on the pistes.

Our usual Saturday location: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove.  Next to the train station with plenty of parking and change-rooms available.

Please make sure you RSVP by Tuesday April 18th so we can advise coach Lewith of the likely numbers.  Email president@whitehorsechevaliers.com