Welsh Fencing

The News section. This presents information articles about people, clubs and events associated with Welsh Fencing.

I can announce that Peter Stewart has tendered his resignation from the Executive Board, with immediate effect.

I would like to thank him for his many years of unstinting hard work on behalf of Fencing in Wales. 

Mark Ridsdale
Chairman.

Happy New Year!

As usual, we are about to start our scheduled series of Youth Events, with foil scheduled for Sunday 15th Jan, and sabre and epee scheduled for Sunday 29th Jan.  We are looking for volunteer referees to support these events.  Its not a huge commitment, but makes a massive impact into the running of these events.  Please let me know if you, or anyone at your club, are able to come along and referee.

Please share this with your fencing friends and club colleagues.  The more refs we have, the better!!

Mark Ridsdale

(mark.ridsdale@welshfencing.org)

This year’s Senior 5 Nations competition was hosted by England at the Manchester Fencing Centre on 5th November. This was my first visit to the venue and I was hugely impressed to see a dedicated fencing venue with 16 permanent metallic pistes, in a Victorian cotton mill that was completely unused only a year ago. This has been set up entirely by 3 local coaches with no central funding – a really inspiring story.

We are pleased to announce that entries are now open for the Welsh Open 2017.

This is scheduled to run over the weekend of 11/12 November, 2017.

Use the links below for full details, or to simply enter the event:

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As the international season is now in full swing Welsh Fencing would like to congratulate and wish the best of luck to the following Welsh fencers that have been selected to represent Great Britain:

Selected for Budapest Cadet Foil international:

  • Harri Hayes, Russell Swords

Selected for Godollo Cadet Sabre International:

  • Ian Ren, Russell Swords
  • William Jolley, Shakespeare Swords
  • Megan Ware Russell Swords
  • Erin Corcoran Russell Swords

Selected for Luxembourg Junior Epee International:

  • George Morris, Stockport Fencing Club
  • Jack Cafaro (res), Llantwit Major

Selected for Riga Junior Epee International:

  • George Morris, Stockport Fencing Club

Selected for Klagenfurt Cadet Epee International:

  • Abigail Watkins, Malvern
  • Louise Sadler, Malvern

Congratulations to the athletes and their coaches! We wish you every success.

What a weekend for the welsh team at this year’s School Games at Loughborough University!

The whole team were a credit to themselves, their clubs and their country as they showed grit and determination to do their best, and a tremendous team spirit in helping and supporting others.

IanRenOne of the biggest weekends on the fencing calendar, the Cadet and Junior British National Championships took place at Sports Dock, UEL Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July.

Inspired perhaps by the Wales football win the Friday night before, Welsh fencers took to the piste with a skip in their step and determination to achieve their best.

Ian Ren of Russell Swords was declared the first British Champion of the weekend in Cadet Men's Sabre. A huge achievement at the age of 15.

Congratulations to all the fencers who took part, and best of luck for the rest of the season!

For the full set of Welsh results, click here...

Congratulations to all fencers who represented the Wales region at this years British Youth Championships!

Another year and another lot of fantastic results to report. This year we took home 14 top 8 finishes, 5 of those being top 4 and one of those a finalist!

Special mentions to:

  • Erin Cocoran - SILVER U14 girls sabre
  • Megan Ware - BRONZE U16 girls sabre
  • Amy Westwell - BRONZE U12 girls sabre
  • Ian Ren - BRONZE U16 boys sabre
  • Henry Talbot - BRONZE U18 boys sabre
  • Gracie Jenkins - 5th Under 14 girls sabre
  • Heulwen Hill - 5th U18 girls foil
  • Abigail Watkins - 5th U16 girls epee
  • Dylan Galazka - 6th U12 boys sabre
  • Charlotte Smith - 7th U12 girls epee
  • Rhiannon Craig - 8th U12 girls epee
  • Jack Cafaro - 8th U18 boys epee
  • Max Brindle - 8th U14 boys sabre
  • Amy Chapman-Parsons - 8th U16 girls sabre

Medals aside, the Welsh contingency showed support not only for fellow club mates, but as a whole body. It was fantastic to watch everyone come together, congratulate and encourage each other throughout the day. We also want to take a moment to thank Owen Edwards, Celyn Lewis and Megan Ware who gave up time to referee as well as compete this year in order to help ensure the competition ran smooth.

Well done, fencers, parents and coaches!

The full results are.....