Day 9 saw the start of the cadets events, and what a start it was! After some mixed results in the poules, Sameer Sunder-Rajan knocked out the no.1 seed in the L16 and then proceeded to dispatch yet more higher ranked fencers to eventually meet the GBR no.1 in the final. This was going to be a tough ask; Sameer acquitted himself admirably and came away with a well-deserved Silver medal after losing the final 6-15.
The junior fencers arrived with a palpable sense of excitement and keenness to get going. Having seen the successes of the senior fencers, they were keen to emulate their older (& wiser?) counterparts but found a number of very talented fencers from across the Commonwealth waiting for them. Bearing in mind that there were several of our cadet fencers competing an age-group up, it was very encouraging to see so many strong performances.
In individual events, there were creditable L16 places for Erin Corcoran and Georgia Howes (JWS), Bobby Childs (JMS) and Amelie Russell (JWE).
However, in the team events, this is where Team Wales showed what we could do………
Tuesday 9th August saw the start of a unique Commonwealth Fencing Championships at SportsDock in East London.
As a result of the postponed Cadet and Junior Championships which were due to take place in New Delhi in 2021, the organisers of CFFC2022 agreed to host, for the first time ever, a championship that incorporated all four age groups, along with, wheelchair fencing events too.
Welsh Fencing are pleased to announce the following team selections for the Senior Winton Cup being held in Nottingham, over the weekend of 9th/10th July.
For this event, we have selected our Senior Commonwealth Team in order to give them quality time together on-piste. We only select teams of four fencers, so where our Commonwealth team is of five fencers, we have selected four at random. The fifth will be held as reserve in the event one of the four declines the invitation.
This is the 70th anniversary of the event, and the organisers are currently looking at a buffet and bar on campus that would occur on the evening of the 9th shortly after fencing finishes for the day. Full details will be released when we have them, but we have been asked to confirm our team's interest in such a celebratory meal. Once the team has been finalised, we will qauge interest using teamo.
The team has been nominated & accepted over teamo.
Welsh Fencing is proud to announce that ADP Coach, Fran Whalley, has been accepted to the prestigious UK Coaching Elevate Programme, funded by UK Sport.
The ELEVATE programme explores issues relevant to female coaches and focuses on areas of leadership that will enhance both coaching and personal impact. It will connect coaches with a network of supportive and inspirational women.
On Wednesday 20th July 2022, Welsh Veterans Fencing Association held an EGM to vote on the proposed integration of Welsh Veterans within the auspices of Welsh Fencing. Voting took place anonymously through Survey Monkey and during the online EGM. The results were unanimous amongst those voting that the amalgamation take place. Veterans are now part of the seamless transition and progression from cadet to junior to senior to veteran age groups ensuring equal opportunities for all.
The Senior Winton Cup, 2019, will be held in Nottingham over the weekend of 7/8 July, 2019. Wales traditionally use this as a development event, so select a team including a combination of both senior fencers and development fencers. The Wales team can be found below:
In a very hot Nottingham there was real excitement in the room as old friends were reacquainted, faced each other on the piste, danced the night away in Nottingham night clubs, and came to slightly regret it in the morning!
To help support fencers to compete clean, understand their rights and responsibilities, and recognise the risks, British Fencing are now putting on a series of sessions every 2 months designed for all competitive fencers. These will be delivered over Zoom, and last for 90 minutes.
Once again a very closely fought event, with a high standard of fencing. Leading from the start was Nikolas Antoniou (Russell Swords), who successfully took the cup, with Rhys Jackson (Malvern Hills) and Rupert Nute (Whitchurch) hot on this heels …
Thank you to those of you who entered the BYC Qualifiers, scheduled for 26/27 March.
With a total entry of 46 fencers across the 24 events, plus a large number of Byes due to conflicting events, sadly its not viable to actually run the event. There is some good news, in that it means that ALL fencers have qualified for the finals in Sheffield.
So, please do not attend the event in Cardiff, which will not run. WF will notify BF of the qualifiers. You will hear from BF, in due course, about the arrangements for the finals.
2022 will be the 75 year anniversary for Welsh Fencing. We propose to bring together a working group to define how best to celebrate this, and to plan any activities. If you are interested in being part of this group, plase email Fran (firstname.lastname@example.org). It would also help it you could include any specific skills you have that you think would benefit the project.
Over the next few weeks, we will be moving to a new domain - fencing.cymru - so to get to our website, you should use this new domain name: https://fencing.cymru.
For the last few years, we have hosted our website on a shared hosting provider. We have not been satisfied with the performance, as we are impacted by the other websites sharing the same server. As we approach the end of that contract, we have established a new domain, and have moved to use AWS Lightsail. This gives us our own Virtual Private Server, which we have more control over, and which we expect to perform much better.
At today's Welsh Fencing AGM, Lyndon Martin was awarded the honour of Honorary Life Member. Here are some of the highlights of his fencing career.
Lyndon took up fencing in the 1960s, prompted by the late Wynford Seymour, whom he met whilst working at the Port Talbot steelworks, where Wynford was a nursing officer. After fencing for some years at Swansea, Lyndon ‘moved’ to Cardiff, fencing both there, and in the old Excalibur club, in the 60s & 70s.
An able fencer, noted for his quick accurate attacks, Lyndon was soon taking part in several high profile matches. A member of the Wales epee team in their match against Denmark in Copenhagen in 1972/3, Lyndon was one of the group of Welsh fencers who regularly attended many events at home, and outside Wales, in those years. He was highly placed in the Epee Club Cup in 1978 & again in 1979, and secured 4th place in the Bristol Open of 1977/8.
We are excited to announce that a range of Welsh Fencing sports kit is now available.
Following feedback indicating a demand for high quality, reasonably priced kit that gives all members a clearer identity as Welsh fencers, we have worked with a local supplier, Olorun Sports to design a bespoke set of kit that reflects the Welsh national colours of green and red, this time set on a black background.
I have always loved to participate in many sports clubs, and since I can remember, it’s been me, my horse, my trainers and a pair of goggles. When I was invited to attend a Modern Pentathlon session at 14, I was introduced to the sport of fencing. It was how it was so different to the other disciplines that I developed a passion for it. I was interested in how fencing challenges the physical, mental, technical capacity of an athlete, and after many, many failed attempts, I finally managed to put the pieces together.
I am now 18 and fencing is still very much my passion. Whilst frustrating at times, I just love it. After my A-levels, I took a gap year to pursue my goals in fencing and will be starting at the University of Bath to study French and German in the next academic year. I have some of my best memories in fencing and have had lots of adventures. Fencing has taken me across Europe, including Denmark, France, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg. In 2016, I entered my first domestic ranking competition, placing 13th at the British Cadet Championships for Epée, and after several consistent results I represented GB at U17 at EFC level in my first competition season.
The skills I acquired from competing at a higher level were invaluable and the following year I fought into the top 64 consistently, scoring international points. Both the supportive team atmosphere and the opportunity to spar with international athletes really helped me to prepare for my U20 seasons. Similarly I was selected for the Excalibur team competition, Senior and Cadet Wintons and Senior 5 Nations in my first cadet season for Wales which benefitted me greatly, especially because I had the opportunity to regularly fence top seniors in Britain in a competitive environment and experience first-hand the nerves and excitement that can affect your performance. Being part of Welsh Fencing has given me the opportunity to develop as an athlete and as a fencer at the higher levels.
One of the events that was crucial to my development was the UK School Games which I competed at in 2016 and 2017. Our U20 team won Bronze both years, my first medals at Home Internationals. It really boosted my confidence to have a strong and enthusiastic team encouraging and supporting us throughout the competition. I was selected for the Senior, Junior and Cadet Commonwealth Championships in 2018, and finished my cadet career on a high with a 5th place finish in the individual event, and last year I took Silver at my first and final Youth 5 Nations.
I am now finishing my second to last year as a Junior and have recently returned from the Junior European Championships in Croatia, where, again, team spirit and enthusiasm were so important, and set me in the right direction to perform without too much stress or pressure. Whilst I did not get selected to represent GB in U20s last year, I was able to consolidate and improve upon my skill set, which has had a positive impact on this season; a Silver medal at the Milner Barry, and a second Bronze at the British U23 Championships. I am ranked 4th in the U20 British rankings and have competed in 5 Junior World Cups, as an individual and in the team event. My successes in the senior events placed me in the top 10 for GB in Senior Women’s Epée and I was selected for four Senior World Cups as a result. I am really pleased to have scored international points and am really looking forward to next year’s fencing circuit. My next international is the Junior World Championships, and I am optimistic that I can improve upon my previous results, bring home many more positives and lots more to improve upon! There is always something new to learn, but I would say the greatest lesson I have learned is to appreciate where you are, know your goals and keep on persevering.
Colin Hyndman, of Gwent Sword, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award following the recent Annual General Meeting.
A former international fencer who represented Wales at foil in the 1974 Commonwealth Championships in Canada, Colin was a coach at the former Newport and Chepstow Fencing Clubs and is now chairman of Gwent Sword Club.
Colin still coaches at Gwent Sword Club at at the age of 85 and his many years dedicated to the sport were recognised at Welsh Fencing's AGM. Tributes were paid to Mr Hyndman by the Board of Welsh Fencing, and fellow fencers and coaches. His award was presented by his daughter, Lynne Melia.
With several key fencers unable to make the journey to Australia, we knew we weren’t going to replicate the fantastic medal haul from the last Commonwealth Championships in 2014. In addition, with all the top Australians involved, a decent turnout from Canada, full strength squads from England and Scotland, and India continuing their rapid improvement, this was one of the toughest fields I have ever seen at this event. All our fencers did themselves great credit and to come away with two bronze medals (Senior Women’s Epee Team and Veterans Women’s Sabre Individual) was a great achievement.
It is with great sadness that I have been informed that Bernice (Bunny) Norfolk, spouse of Mike Norfolk, MBE, the Life President of the WVFA and former head coach and founder of Wrexham Fencing club passed away on Thursday 5th July peacefully at home after a short illness.
The funeral is being held at Chester Crematorium, Blaken, Chester on Wednesday 18th July at 15.20.