Well done everyone for staying in your bubbles and fighting this thing!
As a result Level 2 rules have now changed, and FeNZ has published new guidelines – see https://www.fencing.org.nz/news/170-fencing-in-covid-19-alert-level-2-update-29th-may-2020 for details.
While we have to continue being cautious, with the change to the size of gatherings allowed and Clubs opening up as a result, we’ve now also really happy to announce our new Fencing North calendar for the remainder of the year has been published. You can see this at: https://www.fencingnorth.com/calendar2/year.listevents/2020/05/31/-
It all kicks off in four weeks’ time on Saturday 27th June with our “Bubble Ensemble” tournament at Trusts Arena. This is designed to be a fun tournament to get everyone together to celebrate our super cool sport and is designed for everyone at all levels. All precautions will be taken regarding hygiene and social distancing, and numbers will be limited to ensure we keep within the 100-person limit at all times. I encourage everyone of all ages who can lift a weapon to enter if you can.
Secondary School Tournaments are then planned to start again at the beginning of Term 3 and run from the end of July and through August.
National Tournaments however are still on hold until the country reduces to Alert Level 1.
Hopefully this will be fairly soon, but until that happens you will see there are four weekends simply marked as “National Event TBA”.
Which tournaments end up being run will depend on when that move is made.
Here we go folks – you’ve got four weeks to prepare for battle – get into it!!!!
For those of you wishing to join us virtually for Rex's funeral tomorrow, here is the live stream link https://admin.oneroomstreaming.com/email/view/b1812b6419
It is with great sadness that Fencing North has to advise that last night Tuesday 19th May 2020, Rex Hefferen, past President and long time stalwart of the Auckland Amateur Fencing Association (now Fencing North), passed away.❤️
Rex was without a doubt a good man and a good friend to Fencing and will be sadly missed.
Please see the tribute to Rex from Auckland Swords at https://www.facebook.com/auckswordsclub/photos/a.708122112698190/1573358806174512/?type=3&theater
Congrats - we are officially in Level 2, and I know there’s a lot of people been waiting patiently to find out when Fencing can restart.
As you may be aware from the News though, after the official guidelines were first put out last Friday by the Govt, there have had several amendments – particularly related to Sport.
As a result FeNZ has had to redraft our own guidelines several times, but these are now complete.
Please see the link below to the FeNZ website where they’ve just been published.
It is important that you read these thoroughly and make sure you work with your clubs to help them keep everyone safe.
Our intent is to restart local tournaments as soon as possible – hopefully in June – however its clearly impractical when your limited to ten people as per the current rules.
We will of course be revisiting these guidelines as the Govt reviews the Levels.
Watch this space for more details.
In the mean time – go forth and stab people – just do it carefully and kindly.
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