Christmas Shopping!

Santa holding an epee and fencing mask.

Hard to believe, but as fencing equipment all needs to be imported, you need to be ordering your christmas presents in October if you want to be sure of getting them in time!

To facilitate equipment purchase by members, Lisa is willing to collate and submit orders. However you are still welcome to speak directly to our local importer fencingimports.com.au or otherwise make your own arrangements.

To order, give Lisa your wishlist either at training or e-mail coach@whitehorsechevaliers.org.au
Payment is due when the equipment arrives, you will be invoiced directly by Fencing Imports Australia.
Some items will require measurements. You can get size charts and use a tape measure at training if you wish.
Orders need to be with Lisa no later than October 17th.

Cheap Masks and Lame’s

If enough people are interested, we can order in bulk and obtain some electric sabre masks and lame’s at a significant discount. Please note the following:

  • The masks are 350N. These are not suitable for Category 1 competitions. They are fine for club use, B-grades, U13 etc.
  • The mask bib and lame’ fabric is probably not stainless steel. They will have a shorter lifespan than more expensive masks (2-3 years if you look after them. They are cheap for a reason.)

Those Options By Price (depends on exchange rate, etc): 

Electric Sabre Mask: $65-$70
Electric Sabre Lame’: $90-$110
Both a mask and a lame’, for $160-$180 total 

If you are interested in the bulk order, please let Lisa know ASAP, October 15th at the latest.

Finally, don’t forget we still have $20 body wires for both epee and sabre available! Jenny is looking after those, ask her to bring some to training for you if you want them.

School Sabre Teams

Sunday September 8th
12pm

If you are a school fencer who is not already affiliated with Fencing Victoria, please use this link to register: Registration Form

Teams consist of three fencers + optional reserve (total of 4 members)

Teams will be registered with the DT by coaches – entries due Thursday 5th September

No entry fee will be charged for this event.

Sabre Fencing Equipment will be provided at the venue.

Individual fencers must affiliate with Fencing Victoria prior to the competition. Use the Registration Form to affiliate if you are a new school fencer and this is likely to be your only competition for the year.

No fee will be charged to school sabre fencers. 

Roll Call: 1pm

Fencers should arrive at the venue by 12:30pm to check teams and sort out equipment.

Location:

STATE FENCING CENTRE

MELWAYS: Map 2A Ref E8 

1st Floor, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne

Parking: 

Parking is available around the venue, but there are restrictions at various times – please read the parking signs.  Please also note that U-turns are not permitted in Arden Street (single white line).

Public transport:



– by train closest station is North Melbourne.  10 minute walk down Laurens Street

– by tram closest stop is No 15 on Abbotsford Street on route 57.  5 minute walk down Arden Street

This event is part of the Sabre Schools Project run by Whitehorse Chevaliers Fencing Club, with funding provided by the Victorian Government and support from Fencing Victoria.

July School Holidays

School Holiday Activities

School Team Sabre

Tuesday July 2nd, 7pm-9pm.
We hope to get a “Schools League Team Sabre” competition run as a trial in Term 3.  Would you like your school to field a team in the first ever sabre event?
Bring 2 or 3 more students from your school to try their hand at sabre fencing. Your team can then continue to train at the club, or talk to us about offering a sabre program at your school.
(If you don’t have a team yet, you can still come along and join in)

Suitable for beginners and current fencers in secondary school or grade 5/6 primary school.

Book Your Place Here

This Girl Can Fence!

Saturday July 6th, 10:15am-11:30am.
Suitable for female beginners aged 10+, all equipment provided.  Come and join us for a free introduction to the sport of fencing.
Our novice and junior classes run at the same time on Saturdays to make them more accessible for families.

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Learn to Fence – Adults

Tuesday July 9th, 7pm-8:30pm.
Suitable for beginners aged 13+, but particularly aimed at the over 20’s.  All equipment provided.  Come and join us for a free introduction to the sport of fencing, try your hand at the sabre and the epee on the fencing piste.
(Parents – the kids class will also run at the same time, if your children are aged 7-12 you can put them there while you fence!)

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Junior Fun Day

Saturday July 13th, 10:15am-11:30am.
Suitable for beginners and current fencers aged 7-11, all equipment provided.  Come and join us for some fun fencing activities, and bring your friends. No booking required.

Book Your Place Here

2019 Membership

2019 Membership details are now available!

Renewing members, check the step-by-step guide to 2019 Registration to create your account and register on the new FV system.
(You get to choose your own password now!  Hooray!)

Follow this link for the 2019 registration form

New members, come and join us for a free trial session in January – Tuesday 16th or Saturday 20th.  If you sign up in January you will be able to take advantage of renewing member benefits – including no set-up fee (normally $90) and access to the discounted annual pre-payment option.

 

Don’t delay, register today!

School Holiday Activities

School Holiday Workshops

We will be running two school holiday workshops suitable for beginners.  Class size is limited to ten fencers, so bookings are essential!

You’ll learn the basics of the fencing with the epee and sabre, and get a chance to fence a real fencing match.  All equipment is provided, and the room we have booked has air-conditioning, because wearing the safety gear in a hot room is no fun.

When:  Tuesday 23rd January

Times:  10am-11:15  Ages 5-9,  11:30-1pm – ages 9-13

Where: Sportslink, 2 Hanover Road, Vermont South

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  The 9-13 age group should avoid wearing short pants if possible.  U9’s can wear shorts.

Cost: $20 per person
Register With Trybooking

 

Open Day

There will be an open training session for prospective members to come and try the sport.  This session is free, all equipment provided, and you’ll get to experience all the elements of a typical fencing training session.  Beginners are most welcome!

When:  Saturday 20th January

Time:  10am-12pm  Ages  9 to adult.

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

What to Bring: A water bottle, and arrive dressed for sport.  ie: sneakers, t-shirt, track-pants.  You can wear shorts for some of the activities, but will want long pants with you for when you start the real fencing.

 

Coach Development Day

Our first session of the year will see our coaches engaged in some personal development and practicing their coaching techniques.

This is also a session for prospective coaches and coaching assistants, including parents and teachers interested in obtaining a Level 0 Community coaching qualification.  You can find out what’s involved, ask questions, and have a go.

Fencers are also welcome to come along!  There’s a good chance you will pick up some free lessons when the coaches want to practice.  Pistes will be available for you to fence on.

When:  Saturday 13th January

Time:  10am-12pm

Where: Nunawading Community Centre, 16-20 Silver Grove, Nunawading.

 

Want to coach at Whitehorse Chevaliers?

We want to expand our programs in 2018, and to do this we need more coaching staff!

This includes paid roles for assistant coaches!

The pay rate may vary depending on experience and extent of class coaching taken on. This position is an entry-level position, we are happy to accept new coaches into the role and to assist with your further development.

If you are interested, please contact the Head Coach (Lisa) at coach@whitehorse.riposte.com.au

 

Job Title
Assistant/Junior Coach

Duties
Assist the head coach with running classes and supervising fencers.
This may include running warm-ups, group drills, stretching and fitness training.
Share responsibility for maintaining a safe and inclusive club training environment
Provide a positive and supportive environment for all fencers
Support fencers at competitions where appropriate.
Maintain and develop your coaching skills and accreditation.

Time Commitment
Hours to be covered by one or more assistant coaches include:
Saturday 9:30am-12:30pm
Tuesday 7:30pm-9pm
Opportunities to coach during Mon-Fri business hours, and additional evenings later in the 2018 may also be available if desired.  Assistant coach role is suitable for job sharing.

Attendance for at least 90% of agreed timeslot(s) is required.

Skills and Competencies
At least a Level 0 coaching qualification, or commitment to acquire this by Q1 2018.
Appropriate affiliation with Fencing Victoria (coach or full)
Working with Children Check

Ability to manage a group of up to 12 fencers, with guidance from the head coach.
Willingness to work with a variety of ages and skill levels
Lead by example to teach respect, timeliness and responsibility to young fencers.

 

Start Fencing in Term 4!

Term 4 is here, and it’s a great time to start fencing.  If you are new to fencing or need to refresh your memory, here are your options:

Teens & Adults:

  • Saturdays at 10:45 in Nunawading
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 in Mitcham
  • Thursdays from 6:30 in Olinda

U13 Classes:

  • Saturdays at 9:30 in Nunawading (7-10), or 10:45 (10+)
  • Tuesdays at 4:30 in Vermont South (5-8)  (Free trial sessions, 10th and 17th!)
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 in Mitcham (9+)
  • Thursdays at 6:30 in Olinda (8+)

We also have a waiting list for Thursdays, 4:30pm at Vermont South (ages 8-12)

All classes start this week, come and try one out to see if it is right for you!

School Holiday Activities

Screen Shot 2017-08-24 at 8.44.41 PMWe’re keeping busy during the school holidays, with lots of free activities planned.

Club members should remember that training runs as normal on Tuesday evenings (from 7:30pm in Mitcham), and Saturdays continue to run with reduced hours (10am-12pm)

Saturday September 23rd – Sabre Try-Outs

10:30am – 11:30am, Nunawading Community Centre

Want to learn the basics of sabre fencing?  Come and have a go!  Or arrive early and hop on the piste for some extra training if you have the edge.

Thursday September 28th – Bulleen Plaza Public Demo

10:30am – 1pm, Bulleen Shopping Plaza.

Fencing demonstrations, and kids have-a-go sessions at 10:30, 11:30 and 12:30.  The sessions run for 30 minutes, and are completely free!

Saturday September 30th – Epee Clinic

10:30am – 11:30am, Nunawading Community Centre

Curious about Epee fencing?  Come learn the basics, or join the experts for some training from 10am if you already know how.

Sunday October 8th – Women’s Fencing Day

1pm – 5pm, Vermont South Sportlink

For girls and women of all ages, come and listen to our guest speakers over afternoon tea, then try your hand at fencing!  Again, this is a free event!

Midwinter Fencing

Our Midwinter Tournament is coming up, Sunday July 2nd.

To help everyone prepare, we’d like to invite all epeeists and sabreurs to join our training sessions on Tuesday June 27th, and Saturday July 1st.  On these days we will waive visitor fees for anyone who signs up for the Midwinter Tournament!

The aim is to have Tuesday as a big sabre night (starting 7:30pm), and Saturday as a big epee session (starting 10am).  But all visitors are welcome at both sessions.

So come fence us for fun prior to the competition, no RSVP necessary.

MidwinterFencing