The Swords Club


Welcome to The Swords Club!

The club was formed in 1913, and is the oldest continually operating fencing club in Australia.  It operates from the gymnasium at North Sydney Girls High School in Crows Nest.

The club's membership has included many State and Australian champions, and has been the centre for State and National training squads, competitions and camps.

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Under Head Coach Vivienne Tucker, who is supported by five other qualified coaches, we welcome fencers of all abilities from beginners to advanced.  The Club offers beginners classes for all ages, individual coaching in foil and epee, as well as social fencing.

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Please feel free to contact us if you would like any further information on our club or details of lessons and classes.  We look forward to welcoming you to The Swords Club.




2017 Nils Saksen Mixed Handicap Foil Competition and End of Year events

Hello everyone,
As 2017 draws to a close, here are just a few reminders for the next few weeks:

Nils Saksen flyer 2017

1. Nils Saksen Cup - Mixed Handicap Foil Competition Saturday 16 December 2017

Start 9am for 9.30am roll call
Free light refreshments available prior to compettion
President’s Address 9.35-9.45am
Competition commences 9.45am
Lunch - During the lunch period a free sausage sizzle with drink will be provided for all entrants. (Other food items will be available for sale throughout the day.)
Parking will be available in the school through the gates to the left of the loading bay and also in the car-park off David St.)

2. Volunteers
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the Nils Saksen Competition. If you are able to help with set-up, food stall, BBQ, refereeing, clothing pool, in any way, it would be deeply appreciated. Please contact Suzanne at if you are able to help.

3. Equipment Sale and Ordering
We will have our second-hand equipment sale throughout the entire day. We will have the Club's second-hand pool available.
If you have pre-loved equipment that you are looking at selling or donating to the Club, please bring them on the day as well.

4. Club Closure and Opening Dates
The Club will be closed after Nils Saksen Cup day (Saturday, 16 December 2017) and will reopen on the following dates:

  • Tuesdays - 16 January 2018
  • Thursdays - 18 January 2018
  • Saturdays - 27 January 2018
    Please coordinate with your coaches your training schedules around these dates.

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Swords Club 2018 Membership fees will be due from January 2018.

The Club is able to operate and provide the venue for its members to enjoy the sport through the funds received through membership fees.

Go to the Club Information page (click here) to pay your 2018 Membership. Download the club membership form, which includes details on how to pay.


It's been a busy year.
We've finally been able to release our newsletters for 2016.

Swords Club Newsletter #26

Swords Club Newsletter #25

Swords Club Newsletter #24 [pending] is still being finalised. Will be published soon.

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The next adult beginners class will start on Tuesday TBA 2017 at 6.30pm.

Contact the club at or via the Feedback and Enquires form on the "Contact Us" page to enquire about booking a place in the class.

When: Tuesdays 6.30pm to 7.15pm
Cost: Ten lessons cost $190 - includes hire of equipment & GST

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Junior fencers are encouraged to come and fence at 6.00pm before Frank's Footwork Class.

This is a 1 hour training session including a warm up, footwork and structured bouting for fencers who are looking for a challenge and to improve their fencing skills.

This session is run by Frank Bartolillo (Olympian and 9 times Australian Foil Champion)


Go to the Events Calendar for links to the NSWFA and Australian Fencing Calendars, Entry and Registration, and Competition Results.

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