Welsh Fencing

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

Katherine is featured here, in an article in the South Wales Argus: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/features/11642785.FIRST_PERSON__Champion_Monmouth_fencer_Katherine_Kempe/


Not to be outdone, the Veterans are also in the medals:

  • Gold Medal for Jim Crawfurd in Men's Sabre
  • Bronze Medal for Robert Penton in Men's Sabre
  • Silver Medal for Men's Sabre Team

Well done to all of you!

Wales had it's most successful Senior Commonwealth Championships in many years by bringing home 5 medals, to be placed 4th in the overall medal table.

  • Gold for Katherine Kempe in the Women's Sabre;
  • Silver for Mark Burkhalter in the Men's Epee;
  • Bronze for Tom Edwards in the Men's Epee;
  • Silver for the Men's Epee team;
  • Bronze for the Women's Sabre team

Overall, a fabulous set of results, with many other notable results throughout the week.  A more detailed report will be put online, once we have all recovered!

Carl added the following:

"I believe the Commonwealths (even without women's foil!) were Wales' most successful ever- well, in 64 years of Commonwealth competition - in terms of medals, even including the Commonwealth Games years. KK'S gold is only Wales' 3rd ever (1 in 2010, 1 in 2006) and it's only the 2nd time Wales have won 5 medals, the other being 1998."

Thanks, Carl.

George Hawksworth gets the verdict in a well attended and closely fought contest, with Emma Gordon coming first in the Women’s event.

For full results, follow the link: www.whitchurchfencing.co.uk/shield/Whitchurch_Shield_2014.htm

The Board recently undertook a Competition Review, one of the outcomes of which was the decision to form a Competitions Sub-committee.  This would be charged with the management and delivery of the Closed Competitons in Wales. I will lead the Sub-committee, and act as a link into the Board.

This article is a call for volunteers to be part of this Sub-committee.

The entire Welsh team, showing determination, confidence and tremendous team spirit, are to be commended on their efforts in Manchester. Some sterling individual and well fought Team matches enabled Wales to achieve a collection of medals.

The Board recently published its review of competitions, following a request for feedback (Competition Review Summary).  Following the publication of this, we received a number of requests to reconsider our approach to Youth Events.

I am pleased to report that, following detailed discussions, we have reconsidered the approach to Youth Events as follows:

  • Medals will be awarded for all youth events, irrespective of numbers of entries, and will NOT be replaced by certificates;
  • There will NOT be a fence-off for third place, so for each event Gold, Silver & 2 Bronze will be awarded;

I can also confirm our intention to maintain the current pricing structure for Youth events; the entry fee will NOT be increased.  We are keen to encourage entry, and not discourage by increasing costs.

I would like to put on record our appreciation to all of those who contacted us - we would certainly encourage you to contact us if you have any queries or comments.


Michael Clemitson and Steve Poyser (Whitchurch Fencing Club) were not able to attend the complimentary First Aid course organised by Welsh Fencing earlier in the year. Consequently, they attended a course independently, and found a competitively priced course at ‘Cardiff First Aid Centre’, Penarth Road, Cardiff. They highly recommend this particular course to other coaches in need of First Aid training, which, as well as being very good value, also offers an Annual Refresher, free of charge.

To contact Cardiff First Aid Centre, visit their website - www.cardifffirstaidcentre.net/page3.htm , or phone 07853 591036.