Fencing @ MQ 2016

Fencing @ Macquarie continues in 2016 on Friday nights from 7:00 pm and welcomes fencers of all weapons. A footwork class run by Leon Hooper goes for 30 minutes and there are 6 pistes regularly available for bouting.

The club has a committee of 3 as follows:

Aleks Kotevski – President

Oscar Cavagnola – Vice President

Sean Trussell – Secretary and Treasurer 


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Admin Changes and a note on Learn to Fence


Hey everybody, sorry for the lack of activity on the webpage, i’ve just gotten a hold of the clubs login information and am now able to make a post, i’ve been using the facebook page in the interim, anyway as you may or may not be aware Dave has decided to step down from presidency much to our regret and i have been elected in his place. I updated the webpage to display my contact details so if i’m needed for anything feel free to shoot me an email.

On the topic of the learn to fence course, due to low numbers Steve the Uni and I have decided that a postponement is in order, so at the time of writing we expect to run the second course for the year some time in late August.

Looking forward to seeing you all this Friday (2nd May) after the break we had over mid-semester!

Ben Armstrong


Holiday times, end of year competition and open invitation for strategic planning night

As per the title, three things to discuss:


1) Last fencing for the year will be held on Friday 20th December. We will be running a pooled foil competition and the club will provide pizza afterwards! Make sure you come; no charge for the pizza, we’ll cover it.

2) The club will be closed on the 27th of December and will reopen the next Friday – the 3rd of Jan 2014. So you lucky people only miss out on a single week of fencing.

3) This Wednesday, the club executives will be meeting with MQ officials to discuss strategic plans for the club over the next year. Any member or coach that wishes to attend is more than welcome to come along; the meeting will be at MQ gym on the 4th December (that’s this Wednesday) at 6pm.


That’s all! Have a good week.


Gym closure for next Friday

Hello fencers!

Just a quick update: the centre will be closed Friday 6th December all evening – this is next week! The gym staff are closing down the entire centre for an event, so please don’t appear next Friday because you wont be able to fence!

I’ll also double check the Christmas closing times before I post them here so expect an update soon!

Dave Handler

Recent activities at the club

We’ve been busy! Friday nights have seen a steady flow of members, with all lanes in constant use. So here’s an update on a few club matters:

1) The August-September learn to fence course started up last night with 8 new fencers taking to the martial arts strip. Many thanks to Steve, once again at the helm of what we hope will be another successful class:


2)  We have made a start on fixing the green box by replacing a faulty cable, so we may hopefully have another lane for next week.

3) The club is thinking of making a few purchases ranging from new body wires to another box. In the coming weeks, expect some new gear. However, we do encourage our members to invest in their own gear to not only ease the load on the club but for their own convenience – we recommend gloves and wires are to be individually owned. Especially after the Knox kids’ visit, we have seen club supplies can get low.

In light of the massive turnouts we’ve seen over the last few months, a new box would be a good investment for the club. The only consideration so far is one of space, so we are in the process of working out if we can fit another lane in.

4) Uni games is coming up! 29th September to the 4th October.  For interested students at Macquarie, email me at dclhandler@hotmail.com and I will work out a team. Although the first deadline for payment is due tomorrow, don’t freak out – enrollments into the games themselves close at the end of this month. It is easiest to work through Macquarie Uni to book the games, as they provide accomodation and uniforms. Macquarie will accommodate late payments without too much trouble, I gather, as the actual date for submissions is much later than what Macquarie’s own deadline.

More information can be found here (http://www.unisport.com.au/Events/aug/sports/Pages/Fencing.aspx) and here (http://mq.edu.au/on_campus/sport_and_recreation/sport_programs/university_sport/australian_university_games/)

It is important to note that this event is not held during the midsemester break, rather the 1st week back of semester. Students are encouraged to speak with their subject coordinators to check whether this is suitable. For the vice president and myself, we are unable to make the games because of masters laboratory commitments. However, we encourage students to sign up for all weapons and will help facilitate the formation of a team.

5) Many thanks to our club VP and armourer, Dave, who has invested time and effort into polishing up our blades, engraving them with the MQ signature, and generally tidying up the stalls.


Thanks Dave! On that note, can we please keep the clothing stalls tidy! It’s not that hard to hang up jackets and electric jackets on the provided coat hangers. Electrics on the right, protectives on the left. Gloves will go in a nice box, wires between the two cupboards on the hooks. Keep it tidy, people!

That’s all for now. If you have any photos you want to put on the blog (Luke, Tom) send them to me!

David Handler,


Learn to Fence results

Last week saw the beginning of the new learn to fence course, which will run for the next five weeks to conclude in mid July. The week before marked the ending of our previous class, who participated in a pool. If anybody has any photographs they would like to put up of their time in the class, please leave a comment!

Many thanks to Jeff Gray fencing for a very generous loan of wires and blades, without which the learn to fence pool could not have happened.

Details of upcomming events to follow

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A new executive

Just quick message to let you all know that a new executive has been voted in at the club’s recent AGM.

President: David Handler

Vice President: David Dubow

Secretary: Robert Snell

Treasure: Reagan Clark

Congratulations to the new executive. We look forward to what you are planning this year.

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