Changes to Saturday Class timetable – effective Saturday 30th April

The club committee is constantly looking at ways to improve childrens’ fencing experience. We believe it is beneficial for children to have the opportunity to watch, interact with and learn from more experienced fencers. We believe such connections create a more engaging learning environment and foster a better club culture. To achieve this we are making some adjustments to Saturday group class times.

Starting Saturday 30th April there will be some changes to the class time table.

Advanced class (previously 12pm – 1pm) will run from 1pm – 2:30pm

Children’s Beginner/intermediate class (previously 1:30pm to 2:30pm) will now run from 12pm – 1:30pm.

Beginner Classes starting next week!

The next beginner class will commence next week.

Adult’s beginners class will start 6:30pm Tuesday 26th April.

Children’s begginners class 11:00am Saturday 30 April 2022.

This is a great way to learn with your friends, along with other people who have never fenced before.

Duration:

Beginners course runs for a minimum duration of 10 weeks. Lessons are 60 mins

Lesson cost: $200 for thecourse (payable to the coach)

Beginner registration fee: $50

Equipment provided: You will receive a mask and jacket for the duration of their beginner lessons. Females will also be provided with a breast plate. 

A glove will need to be purchased ($35) on their first lesson.

Both registration and glove are payable to the club.

At the end of the beginners course you can:

Once you have completed the beginner course and decide to continue (whether in the class and/or individual lessons and/or social fencing), you will need to become a member of the club and have your own basic equipment.

All fencers who complete the beginners course will be progressed to our next level group lessons and are welcome to participate in social fencing to further their skills and fencer with other people.

If you would like to join please contact us at theswordsclub@gmail.com and completed a beginners registration form before the first class.

The Swords Club Beginner Registration Form

Competition Results – NSW Season Opener

Sportsmanship, camaraderie and a strong sense of competition made for a great day for The Swords Club at the NSW Season Opener. Congratulations to ou fencers Jonah Newton for taking gold in the Open Men’s Foil, Hilary Byrne for taking gold in the Veteran Women’s Foil on her return to competition fencing. We would also like to congratulate to Guillaume for his silver in the Men’s Veterans Foil in a tightly fenced final, as well as Vince and Suzanne Newton for their Bronze and Silver medals in the Veteran’s Competition. Special Congratulations to Andrew Vickery for competing in his first state competition.

Results

Open Men’s Foil

  • 1st – Jonah Newton
  • 5th – Vince Newton

Open Women’s Foil

  • 8th – Suzanne Newton

Veteran Men’s Foil

  • 2nd – Gillaume Duchateau
  • 3rd – Vincent Newton
  • 6th – Andrew Vickery
  • 7th – Kingsley Reade

Veteran Women’s Foil

  • 1st – Hilary Byrne
  • 2nd – Suzanne Newton

Competition Results – Under 15s Sydney Olympic Cup and the Under 20s State Championships

The 2022 Season kicked off with the Under 15s Sydney Olympic Cup and the Under 20s State Championships on Sunday Feburary 13th 2022.

We had two of our younger club members Matt Ng and Finn Trimnell-Ritchard at the Under 15 Sydney Olympic Cup. Both barrelled through their poule rounds and came through in their first DE rounds. Well done boys!

Results

Sydney Olympic Cup – U15 Mens Foil

  • 4th – Matthew Ng
  • 6th – Finn Trimnell-Ritchard

Under 20 State Championships – Men’s Foil

  • 3rd – Jonah Newton

70th Nils Saken mixed handicap competiton 2021

Get ready for the Club’s biggest annual event which promises lots of fun and camaraderie for everyone — parents, fencers and non-fencers.

DATE: Saturday, 11 December 2021

TIME: Arrive at 8:30am for 9:15am start

FEE: FREE to all current members! (please make sure your membership is up to date)

Club members of all ages and standards are invited and encouraged to compete. Fencing will be both electric and non-electric with score handicaps against the more competent fencers. Prizes will be awarded to all finalists.

Not fencing? You’re still invited to join us and cheer on the fencers or just have a chat with everyone else.

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 Street.

Light refreshments will be available prior to the start of competition and a free sausage sizzle with drink provided for all competition entrants. Other food items will be available for a gold coin donation throughout the day.

Finally, if you still have your ActiveKids voucher available for use, we will be accepting membership fees for 2022!

Class lessons resume Saturday October 30th

The NSW Public health orders have been amended such that indoor recreation facilities can be opened to all club members. Adults (16 years and over) are required to be fully vaccinated unless issued with a medical contraindication certificate compliant with the Public Health Order.

The Swords Club will recommence group classes and private lessons for our younger members Saturday 30 October 2021 onwards.

Saturday Group classes recommencing include;

12.00pm –Advanced (Coach Mark Marsi).

1.30pm – Children (Coach Callum Ferrell),

12.00pm – Light Sabre (Coach Stephen Lake)

Tuesday classes available

7.30pm – Adult intermediate group class (Coach Callum Ferrell)

Members undertaking private lessons are requested to confirm lesson times with their coaches.

At this stage, everyone within the Club premises, including Club members and coaches participating in training and lessons, will be required to adhere to the following rules; 

· Sign in using the QR code

· Temperature Check

· Produce evidence of full vaccination status at the sign-in desk (Adults 16years or over),

· Hand sanitise

· Social distance at all times when not fencing

· Wear masks at all times when not fencing

Social fencing for members will be available on Tuesday evenings from 7.00pm and on Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you and our younger fencers back at The Swords Club.

Further details regarding proof of vaccination can be obtained from Services Australia (https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/getting-help-during-coronavirus-covid-19/covid-19-vaccinations/what-types-proof-there-are)

 

Thank you,

TSC Committee

We are back!

The Swords club is now back. At this stage, only fully vaccinated persons will be able to train, fence, and be present at the Club.

Fully vaccinated members can recommence lessons and are advised contact their individual coach for confirmation of lessons times. Social fencing for fully vaccinated fencers will be available on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm and on Saturday afternoons from 2:00pm.

As per NSW Health legislations we also must follow the following measures to keep you all safe:

– Sign in using the QR code
– Temperature check
– Hand sanitise
– Produce evidence of full vaccination status at the sign-in desk (either Covid-19 Digital Vaccination Certificate or Immunisation History Certificate)
– Social distance at all times when not fencing
– Wear masks at all times when not fencing

We look forward to seeing you back at The Swords Club.

TSC – Suspension of activities

7/7/21 UPDATE: Due to the NSW Government extension of the NSW restrictions to the 16/7/21 the club will remain closed until Saturday 17/7/21. We will provide further updates pending the NSW government and the what restrictions are lifted at this time.

UPDATED: This will now also include Saturday 3rd July and Tuesday 6th July due to the most recent NSW government restrictions

Dear members and parents of The Swords Club,

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the Sydney metropolitan area, the TSC Committee has decided to temporarily suspend activities at The Swords Club tomorrow, Saturday, 26 June.

The scheduled Winter Fencing Camp, scheduled for Tuesday, 29 June, to Thursday, 1 July, is also being postponed to a later date.

The Committee will continue to assess the situation and will determine towards the end of next week if it is wise and reasonable to resume activities on Saturday, 3 July.

Thank you for your ongoing commitment and support of our Club.

As usual, please look after yourselves and your family, observe the recommended health guidelines, and stay safe.

TSC Committee