Australian National Champions 2012 - ‘Sword Fighter Dozen’


Following on the tradition of the National Fencing Champion Questionairre, the 2012 Champions kindly contributed some answer following their Championship win.

“The Sword Fighter Dozen”

Australian 2012 National Champion: Sutherlan Scudds – Mens Sabre. 

1: How long have you been Fencing? What made you start? How long did it take for you to feel competent?

A: I have been fencing since 1997 so around 15 years. I started because of my mother who found a pamphlet at the local grocery store. I guess I was to restless a kid! I didn’t feel personally competent till I was around 15/16. Thought I can’t say I ever truly feel competent.

2: How long have you been Competing at National / International level?
A: National level I think since 2003 where I competed at under 17 level and 2004 at open level. International level since 2006.

3: What made you choose your weapon?, have you fenced the other 2?
A: Sabre was most suited to me. I am aggressive and very physical generally so it was a good fit plus I was getting the best results in it. I have fenced foil, I liked it but never felt competent.

4: Where is your favourite place to fence or to train?
A: Favorite competition was Worlds in 2010 in France.. That competition was amazing. Favorite training was with the Romanian Mens Sabre team in Romania earlier this year. We did a training camp in a ski resort called Poiana Brasov. It was crazy.

5: How important have a coach and training partners been to you?
A: They are everything. I would not be anywhere as good without help from Steven Lim, Antonio Signorello and the othe Aussie sabruers.

6: What are your future ambitions for 2013 and beyond? work / training / competition?
A: Work wise I’ll be hopefully beginning my law career. Competitions will involve at lead World and Asian champs and world uni games next year.

7: Who if anyone have you modeled your fencing on? Or do you have a favourite Fencer (Internationally)?
A: Aldo Montano and Daryl Homer.

8: What if any other sports do you play/train?
A: I do a little bit of boxing to speed up my arms and for cross training.

9: What difference if any did this national event have to others?
A: haha no difference I treat them All the same!

10: What is your weekly training Regime? 
A: I train 6 days a week. Weights on three days, fencing three days and sprints one day.

11:  What advice would you give future Australian champions?
A: Results come from training. Train hard and you will in. Train harder than your opponents and you will beat them.

12: What is the best and worst thing about fencing in Australia?
A: The best thing is the volunteer work. So many people put in so much effort for nothing and that is amazing for any sport of any thing. Worst thing has to be the lack of funding.

Thanks so much Sutherlan, good luck for 2013 and beyond. 



Australian National Champions 2012 - ‘Sword Fighter Dozen’


Following on the tradition of the National Fencing Champion Questionairre, the 6 2012 Champions kindly contributed some answer following their Championship win.

“The Sword Fighter Dozen”

Australian 2012 National Champion: Lisan Sung – Womens Foil.

1: How long have you been Fencing? What made you start? How long did it take for you to feel competent? 
A: I started fencing at the age of 8. I was a very active kid when I was young so my parents thought it was a good sport for me to start. 

2: How long have you been Competing at National / International level? 
A: I started competing Nationally at the age of 9, and Internationally at the age of 13.

3: What made you choose your weapon?, have you fenced the other 2? 
A: I started with the Foil and I have always loved it. I have tried the other weapons but never found them interesting.

4: Where is your favourite place to fence or to train? 
A: I don’t have a particular place that I favor over the others, just as long as the people are friendly and the fencing is good i’m fine with fencing anywhere.

5: How important have a coach and training partners been to you? 
A: I personally think it is very important to have a good coach to assist in building your game. My coach has helped me to improve all aspects of my fencing and has helped me prepare for competitions mentally and physically.  

6: What are your future ambitions for 2013 and beyond? work / training / competition?
A: In 2013 and beyond, I plan to complete my HSC, and to improve on my results nationally and internationally. My future ambition is to compete at the Olympics.

7: Who if anyone have you modeled your fencing on? Or do you have a favourite Fencer (Internationally)? 
A: Valentina Vezzali 

8: What if any other sports do you play/train? 
A: Golf, Swimming and Pilates.

9: What difference if any did this national event have to others? 
A: This championship win is a good finish to end off the season, but it is also the beginning. We shouldn’t take wins for granted, so it motivates me to work harder, and to make the next season even better. 

10: What is your weekly training Regime? 
A: Mon & Wed- Fencing training at UTS. This consists of a private lesson, footwork, blade work, and free fencing. Fri & Sat- Fitness training. 

11:  What advice would you give future Australian champions? 
A: Aim high and don’t stop until you get there. Never Give Up.

12: What is the best and worst thing about fencing in Australia? 
A: Positive and friendly atmosphere.

Thanks Lishan, good luck for 2013 and beyond. 

 



Olympic Funding


Interesting article on the BBC website on the funding of the United Kingdom’s next Olympic cycle..

Comparison of their “Pools” funded Sports programs. We are a fair way behind our ‘close’ rival.. Link

Followed by an editorial on the announcement.. Link



Australian National Champions 2012 - ‘Sword Fighter Dozen’


Following on the tradition of the National Fencing Champion Questionairre, the 2012 Champions kindly contributed some answer following their Championship win.

“The Sword Fighter Dozen”

Australian 2012 National Champion:  Edison Wei Ting Cai  Mens Foil .

1: How long have you been Fencing? What made you start? How long did it take for you to feel competent?
A: I’ve been fencing 8 years since I was 14 yrs. I think 3-4years it took for me to feel competent .

2: How long have you been Competing at National / International level?
A: I’ve been in national competitions in Aus for just 1 year, also 3 times to take part in Australian National competitions.

3: What made you choose your weapon?, have you fenced the other 2?
A: I just play foil..because I can pay attention to one weapon and do the best, that is what I think.

4: Where is your favourite place to fence or to train?
A: I think UTS club is the best when I saw it.

5: How important have a coach and training partners been to you?
A: This is most important part of fencing, because a coach can give me some advice and help u do the best .

6: What are your future ambitions for 2013 and beyond? work / training / competition?
A: For me, I’m an international student, I’m studying also working and training and I will still do again, also to do everything the best, just like this year 2012, so amazing for me. I love it .

7: Who if anyone have you modeled your fencing on? Or do you have a favourite Fencer (Internationally)?
A: No, just my style and i have not modeled myself on anyone, I just think how the action suits me . yeah.of course, I like the Italian guy Baldini.  

8: What if any other sports do you play/train?
A: Yeah, I always play basketball, badminton and soccer. That’s it .

9: What difference if any did this national event have to others?
A: I think everyone is the best fencing in Australia, they have a lot of skill of fencing and are different, so I just learn different skills and find out how the win the compatition .

10: What is your weekly training Regime?
A: Two times a week in UTS club

11:  What advice would you give future Australian champions?
A: Hahaha no advice for future champion, because I will win again! .. lol… But I want to still to say that hard working in fencing, one day you will win the competition.

12: What is the best and worst thing about fencing in Australia?
A: Friends and every club lady, they help me to know Australian fencing and do favours and things for me.

Thanks Edison, good luck for 2013 and beyond. 

 



State Veterans Squad - Melbourne Fencing Centre


Training Time: Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30

Any athlete wishing to participate, please contact  veterans@fencingvictoria 

Chris Jones 0409 013 171

chris@swordfightersaustralia.com

Session : 13th December, come along and join the squad:         Skill: Analysis of year.

Next Session:   February 2013

Thanks to all the vets for attending the squad over 2012.. best wishes and a Happy Christmas Holiday period, 

 bring on 2013..

 

@  6:30  Level 1, 204-206 Arden St North Melbourne.     

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 -8 minute walk down Arden Street.

 

Vic Vets

 



Australian National Champions 2012 - ‘Sword Fighter Dozen’


Following on the tradition of the National Fencing Champion Questionairre, the 2012 Champions kindly contributed some answer following their Championship win.

“The Sword Fighter Dozen”

Australian 2012 National Champion:  Sam Auty Womens Sabre.

 
1: How long have you been Fencing? What made you start? How long did it take for you to feel competent? 

A: I have been fencing for 11 years. I started at my primary school where there were fencing classes. Rumour is I started because I had really bad hand-eye coordination. I still feel that I am not competent in some ways, but I guess about 2 years ago I really started to feel like I could actually fence well. 


2: How long have you been Competing at National / International level? 

A: I have been competing at a National level since 2005 when I did my first Cadet National competition. My first International competition was Commonwealth Junior Championships in 2009. 


3: What made you choose your weapon?, have you fenced the other 2? 

A: I fenced foil for three years when I first started fencing. I picked up a sabre to try at a fencing demonstration with my fencing club and never looked back. 


4: Where is your favourite place to fence or to train? 

A: At VRI Fencing Club in Punt Rd Richmond. It is an amazing facility and one which we are extremely lucky to have. 


5: How important have a coach and training partner’s been to you? 

A: Training partners can be hard to find so having any training partner of any level is extremely valuable to me. Also a good fencer has no direction without a good coach so my coaches (personal, state, and national) are also very important to me. 


6: What are your future ambitions for 2013 and beyond? Work / training / competition? 

A: I aim to finish my degree in Law/ Science, do a series of world cups and training tours overseas. 


7: Who if anyone have you modelled your fencing on? Or do you have a favourite Fencer (Internationally)? 

A: My favourite fencer is probably Olga Kharlan for her aggressive and brave style of fencing, however I wouldn’t say I have modelled my fencing on hers. I generally prefer any fencer internationally who shows serious mental determination and toughness in competition ie Valentina Vezzali. 


8: What if any other sports do you play/train? 

A: I played a lot of other sports in high school (skiing, rowing, cross country, swimming), but I now focus specifically on fencing. 


9: What difference if any did this national event have to others? 

A: This was the first National Championships held at the AIS. It is such a fantastic venue that I think should really be utilised in the future. 


10: What is your weekly training Regime? 
 
A: 5 fitness sessions and 5 fencing sessions per week. Fitness sessions incorporate 3 recovery sessions weekly and generally go for an hour to 2 hours. My fencing sessions incorporate all my technical footwork and drills sessions as well as structured and competitive bouting, these go for 2 to 3 and ½ hours. 


11:  What advice would you give future Australian champions? 
A: Put in the hard work. Every footwork sessions, every weights sessions, every hard bouting session where you feel like you will crack pays off. It pays off on the strip, when you opponent is the one that cracks in the final and not you. 


12: What is the best and worst thing about fencing in Australia? 

A: The best thing is getting the opportunity to compete in a lot of competitions internationally. The worst thing is finding harder partners to train against and having a small field in competition.

Thanks Sam, good luck for 2013 and beyond.



Australian National Champions


Attached is an updated file of the Australian National Champions since records were kept in Australia.

Australian ChampionsAustralian National Champions

Keep an eye out for the National Champions questionnaires coming soon……. 

(20/12/12)



Australian National Veterans Championships 2012


Results

Veteran Men’s Sabre1st Michael Howard NSW2nd Steve Johnson WA=3rd Kim Moir Vic, =3rd Damian Kneale Vic.

Veteran Women’s Sabre1st Alex Andre NSW2nd Jane Menary NSW=3rd Joshi Pitman ACT, =3rd Cerri Mclean ACT.

Veteran Men’s Foil
:1st Andrey Tyschenko NSW2nd Nigel Nutt ACT=3rd Steve Johnson WA, =3rd Ian Metzke  Vic.

Veteran Women’s Foil:1st Anna Slowiaczek NSW2nd Fiona Budniak NSW=3rd Jenny Bonney-Millett Qld, =3rd Abby Nutt NSW.

Veteran Women’s Epee1st Abby Nutt NSW2nd Sarah Osvath NSW=3rd Anna Slowiaczek NSW, =3rd Cerri McLean ACT.

Veteran Men’s Epee1st Georg Mittermair ACT2nd Nigel Nutt ACT=3rd Kyle McDonald NZ, =3rd Mark Rance NZ.

Oceania Veteran Mens Epee Teams1st Australia2nd New Zealand.

AFF Results Link

 

The Melbourne Age had some good pre-Nationals photos on the website Link



Australian National Championships 2012


Results
Men’s Foil: 1st Wei Tang Cai NSW, 2nd Steven Glaister Vic, =3rd Lucas Webber Vic, =3rd Jeremy Hart QLD.

Womens Sabre: 1st Sam Auty Vic, 2nd Natalie Molen Grigull NSW, =3rd Alice Clementson NSW, =3rd Mathilda Barnard NSW.

Womens Sabre Teams1st NSW A2nd NSW B=3rd WA, =3rd Vic.  

Men’s Foil Teams1st Vic A2nd NSW A=3rd NSW B, =3rd QLD A.

Women’s Epee
: 1st Jo Halls Vic2nd Dianna Sher Vic=3rd Sarah McFarlane Vic, =3rd Sarah Osvath NSW.

Men’s Epee
: 1st Romain Courtois NSW2nd Nick Davies NSW=3rd Roy Groncki Vic, =3rd Daniel Osvath Vic.

Men’s Epee Teams
: 1st NSW A2nd S.A=3rd NZ A, =3rd QLD A.

Women’s Foil
: 1st Lishan Sung NSW2nd Claire Daniel Qld=3rd Min Hul Chua SIN, =3rd Chloe Wong SIN.

Men’s Sabre:1st Sutherlan Scudds WA2nd Adam Wilcock NSW=3rd Mitch Fox NSW, =3rd Frederick Jaccard NSW.

Women’s Foil Teams1st NSWA2nd Qld=3rd NSW B, =3rd Vic.

Men’s Sabre Teams:
 1st WA A2nd NSW A=3rd Qld, =3rd Vic.

Women’s Epee Teams1st Vic A2nd Vic B=3rd NSW A, =3rd NSW B.

AFF Results Link

 



Christmas Presents


Always a popular gift to get students, children, Adults alike into the sport of Fencing.

How about a Fencing Christmas Present!?

We have Plastic Masks and Foils (Red or BlueNasycon Replica equipment for sale.

$240 for 2 sets.. Nasycon Equipment                                     Plastic Equipment

For more details email chris@swordfightersaustralia.comSword Fighter



State Veterans Squad - Melbourne Fencing Centre


Training Time: Thursday Nights 6:30-8:30

Any athlete wishing to participate, please contact  veterans@fencingvictoria 

Chris Jones 0409 013 171

chris@swordfightersaustralia.com

Session : 6th December, come along and join the squad:         Skill: Point in line and derobe, or beat attack.

Next Session:   Thursday 13/12/12

Come along to have a training session …. Its also the State Vets Squad last session for 2012, 

 

@  6:30  Level 1, 204-206 Arden St North Melbourne.     

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 -8 minute walk down Arden Street.

 

Vic Vets

 



AFF #4 Canberra ACT 2012


AFF Nationals #4 : Canberra 7-11 December

Friday – December 7

9:00 Men’s Foil
11:00 Womens Sabre
13:30 Veteran Men’s Sabre
2:30 Womens Sabre Teams (after Womens Sabre Individual)

Saturday – December 8
9:00 Men’s Foil Teams
10:30 Women’s Epee

13:30 Veteran Men’s Sabre
13:30 Veteran Women’s Sabre
4:00 Oceania Veteran Mens Sabre Teams (after Individual)
4:00 Oceania Veteran Womens Sabre Teams (after Individual)

Sunday – December 9
9:00 Men’s Epee
11:00 Women’s Epee

1:30 Veteran Men’s Foil

1:30 Veteran Women’s Foil
4:00 Oceania Veteran Mens Foil Teams (after Individual)
4:00 Oceania Veteran Womens Foil Teams (after Individual)

1:00 Oceania Veteran Womens Epee Teams (after Individual) 

Monday – December 10
9:00 Men’s Epee Teams
10:30 Women’s Foil

1:30 Men’s Sabre
1:30 Veteran Women’s Epee
1:00 Oceania Veteran Mens Epee Teams (after Individual)

Tuesday – December 11
9:00 Oceania Veteran Mens Epee Teams (after Mens Epee Individual)
9:00 Oceania Veteran Womens Epee Teams (after Mens Epee Individual)
10:00 Women’s Foil Teams
11:00 Men’s Sabre Teams
 

More details on accommodation and location etc coming… Also on the AFF website.

Weapons Check: Thursday 6th December 6-7:30pm and 1 hour prior to each event.

Details for Results and Entry List Link 


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