Well you have to admit it’s been a bit of an interesting start to the 2020 Fencing year!
The safety of all of our Fencing family is of course our biggest concern at Fencing North, so I hope you are all still buckled in and enjoying (as much as you can) a touch of self-isolation.
That said, I also hope that, like me, you’re itching to get back to cutting and thrusting as fast as you can!
Seemingly a long time ago (is it really only seven weeks?) Fencing New Zealand formed a Covid 19 sub-committee to manage the situation, and we made the decision to suspend all fencing activity just before the nationwide lockdown was imposed.
Now, like everybody else, we wait to see this week’s Government revelations on the new rules around Level 2, so we can figure out what the impact is going to be.
Our aim is to get clubs and tournaments rolling again as soon as possible, but only when the time is right and it’s safe to start. Check out https://fencing.org.nz/ for updates. In the background we’ve got plans in the works and are working with Trusts Stadium to be ready.
We’ve also been working with Judit Fliszar and FeNZ to begin running new Coaching Development Courses – an exciting new initiative that we’ll be looking for coaches at all levels to join. All clubs will be invited to nominate coaches to attend in the near future.
READY, STEADY ..............
While we “hurry up and wait” for the new announcements though, I encourage you all to stay in touch with your clubs and coaches and to start getting ready.
I would hope you’ve all been getting your fitness and flexibility levels up while in lockdown so you’re raring to go too. If not – there’s no better time to start than right now!
You’ve also probably got a bit of spare time to see what’s been going on in the world of Fencing at the FIE website www.fie.org and maybe get a few ideas on lockdown training at https://fie.org/articles/958 maybe you could learn about the history of fencing, or watch some refereeing videos to keep your eye in."
I’ll be posting more info as it comes to hand, but in the meantime, stay safe, be kind, and get into it!
Lastly – if you haven’t seen it already - here’s a little food for the soul. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw5KQMXDiM4