Looking Forward

If you’re an eager athlete trying to plan out your competition season already, there are some fantastic events all across BC waiting for you to sign up for them. They may not be coming for a couple of months, but its better to get on it now than to miss out on competing later!

November

UBC Remembrance Day Competition 2017AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC  (Nov 19th)

Pre-Xmas Epee Clash 2017 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (Nov 25-26th)

December

  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #2 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Dec 3rd)
  • Dynamo Youth Open #3 (Christmas) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Dec 10th)

January

  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #3 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Jan 28th)

February

  • Dynamo Youth Grand Prix (#4) – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (Feb 11th)

March

  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #4 – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (Mar 25th)

May

  • Dynamo Youth Open Grande Finale (#5) Y8-Y14, Junior – Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC (May 6th)
  • Jeux De Pomme 2018 – Beairsto Elementary School: Vernon, BC (May 12-13th)
  • TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit Grande Finale – Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gym: Coquitlam, BC (May 27th)

Flex that Fencing Brain!

We all experience motivational dips during the competition season; training nearly every day for hours on end may take its toll on some of us. At times your confidence may falter due to the blank slate that is the unknown future (i.e. point standings to qualify for national team, results at your next big competition, etc.), so how do we counteract these thoughts? I suggest getting your hands on the autobiography “Running With Swords” by Canada’s very own Sherraine Schalm. She has four Olympic games behind her, as well as multiple Pan American Games and World Championship medals to her name. Sherraine’s book is a fantastic display of true dedication, and the potential of what may come if you keep putting in the work to achieve your goals. A little bit of Canadian fencing history to get the season going!

Another fantastic read for those just dipping their toes into the fencing world, “How to Fence Epee” translated from French by our very own BC coach, Brendan Robertson from Okanagan Freestyle Fencing! Check out the link below for more information regarding this brilliant introduction into the technical world of our sport.

“How to Fence Epee”: http://www.howtofenceepee.com/about/

Sherraine Schalm’s Wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherraine_Schalm

 

Competitions to come…

As all of you begin the search for new, fun, and challenging competitions, consider checking out these fantastic local ones coming soon! The following tournaments will take place throughout the months of September and October, so get registering now!

Victor Gantsevich Senior Open – September 23rd

  • Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

Victor Gantsevich Youth Open #1 – September 24th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond, BC

TFA 2017-2018 Youth/Cadet/Junior Circuit #1 – October 1st

Queen of All Saints Elementary School Gymnasium, Coquitlam, BC

Okanagan Fencing Championships – 2017 – October 20-22nd

Winfield Memorial Hall: Lake Country, BC

UNBC Cup Charity Tournament – October 21-22nd 

Charles Jago Sports Center: Prince George, BC

Dynamo Youth Open #2 (Halloween) – October 29th

Dynamo Fencing Club: Richmond BC

Halloween Slash and Stab 2017 – October 29th

AMS Student Nest, Great Hall: Vancouver, BC

 

2017 BCFA AGM

The 2017 BCFA Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be taking place on Sunday, September 10th from 12pm-2pm at the Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel. Conference will be open to all  members of the BCFA community who would like to be involved in the future of the BCFA, and the changes made within it. Topics including; the strategic plan, financial plan, potential future member positions, etc. will be discussed and voted on during this time. If you would like to see certain changes within our community, or have any suggestions regarding the future of the association, please attend this meeting and have your voice heard. Additionally, head on over to our Facebook page to let us know if you are thinking of attending- LINK BELOW!

BCFA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCFencing/

Senior Provincials Fast Approaching!

The 2017 Senior Provincial Championships are less than two weeks away, which means it is still a great time to register for all of your events. With the success of the youth provincials last weekend, you definitely won’t want to miss out on competing at the senior provincials. We can’t wait to see all of the BC clubs come together once again!

If you still wish to register, please visit this link: https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=36773

 

 

Peter Bakonyi Volunteers Needed!

We need your help! The BC Fencing Association together with the Canadian Fencing Federation is very excited to be hosting, for the 5th time, a world class competitive fencing event – The Peter Bakonyi Men’s Epee World Cup event on the weekend of February 17-19, 2017. The success of this exciting international event depends on dedicated local volunteers. If you are passionate about the sport of fencing, Canadian athletics or in giving back to the community, join our team today! It is a great chance to get up close to some of the world’s best athletes, and for youth to earn volunteer hours for their programs.

 

Please sign up for tasks that range from setting up prior to the event all the way through to taking down after.

 

We’re using SignUp.com to help us organize the volunteer portion of our event. If you or anyone you know is interested PLEASE SIGN UP – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click here or follow the volunteer links on the event web site at http://www.vancouverworldcup.com/Volunteer.php
  2. Enter your email address: we need this to contact you with information about the event (you will NOT need to register an account on SignUp.com)
  3. Sign up to the roles that interest you, and the site will send you an automated confirmation message and reminders. Easy!

 

Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

BC Athletes Junior Worlds Results

The Junior World Championships came to a close yesterday in Bourges, France. The results of our BC athletes are listed below:

Hunter Moricz – 102nd junior men’s sabre, 12th in junior men’s sabre team, 13th in cadet mixed team

Dylan French – 45th junior men’s epee and 19th in junior men’s epee team

Matson Lalor – 166th junior men’s epee and 19th in junior men’s epee team

Emma von Dadelszen – 66th junior women’s epee and 17th in junior women’s epee team

Congratulations to all!

BC Athletes Cadet Worlds Results

The cadet individual events have wrapped up in Bourges, France at the world championships. The cadet team event is still to come with BC’s Hunter Moricz participating for Canada.

Hunter Moricz – 40th cadet men’s sabre

Fynn Fafard – 53rd cadet men’s epee

Natasha Kis-Toth – 86th cadet women’s epee

Elizabeth Douglas – 93rd cadet women’s epee

Congratulations athletes and coaches! The junior events start April 5!

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