Items filtered by date: February 2021
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 09:04

Future Venue Update

Last night Delegates from clubs from across the region gathered to look at a the concept of setting up a permanent venue in Fencing North for our fantastic sport!

The initial proposal is that this facility could be used for tournaments and club nights in future, and provide a central hub for the Region.

By unanimous vote it was decided that Rhys Greensill and Pete Butler should continue their initial work and be co-opted onto a sub-committee to truly explore the possibilities.

 

All club's have been sent an overview, and delegates have been asked to meet with their clubs to ask if their club's would be interested in using the facility for club nights, and to put together a list of what they would need in order to do so.

They've also been asked to provide a map showing which areas they believe would be preferable for their clubs to make use of it.

These need to be completed by Monday 22nd March. Please do everything you can to help your club committees compile these.

 

This is an exciting development for our whole sport, and I ask that everyone get behind this initiative and do all you can to help.

 

One of the other issues raised was the ongoing issue of communication from our committee.

This is something we are continuously trying to improve, but please remember, there are only a very small handful of part time volunteers doing all the work to make things happen.

We desperately need a Communications Officer - someone who can ensure the word gets out to all our members.

If you think you can help - please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

David

Published in News
Monday, 15 February 2021 11:54

Covid Update 15-02-21

Please see this morning's update from FeNZ.

 

https://www.fencing.org.nz/news/189-back-into-lock-down-levels-3-and-2

Published in News
Monday, 15 February 2021 10:56

W. Dawn Tournament - 2021

The W. Dawn - 2021 tournament  is coming up on the 27th of February 2021 and will be held at Trusts Events Centre, Auckland.. 

 

Standard registrations close on the 18th of February 2021, but you can register (for a slightly higher fee) after that date.

 

This is the second local tournament of the year, so it would be good to have as many participants as we can in all weapons.  So please register and tell your club mates and friends to do the same or pass on this email, if they tell you they don't know about it.  

 

All of the details for the tournament and the link for registration can be found here:

https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=42619

 

To register please ensure you go to the bottom of the first (details) page and then press the green "Continue" button.  

 

Please note that you will need to register with Fencing North, through the FENZ website to be eligible to compete.  The FENZ fee is small and the Fencing North fee is $0 ... so no excuses!  It is important to support the national fencing organisation.

 

Please also note that weights and measures will be used.  This has not been the case at all tournaments for some time, so please be ready for that!     

 

Once registered you can see a list of participants at: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/ParticipantList.aspx?E=42619

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Maja on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Fencing North Inc. Committee Meeting – 03.02.2021

 Meeting Opened:  7:00pm (via Zoom)

Present: David Elder (President), Ben Upton (Secretary), Maja Saran (Head of Tournaments), Rhys Greensill (Fund Raising), Matthew Houtman (Auckland High Performance Fencing Club), Judit Fliszar, Sunnie Sun, Peter Butler (Auckland Swords), Hanna Choi.

Apologies:  Amanda Hopkins (Treasurer), Matt Stanley (Whangarei Swords), Mary Black (Tuatahi)

Confirmation of the Previous Minutes:  Minutes approved.

Matters Arising – No matters arising.   Constitution review not yet started - Ben Upton to progress.

Competitions

Take up of entries for Bubble Ensemble slow, but this will take place as planned.

Fencing Time Server Multi pack – Licence is $883.  Need cloud space (available at $84 for 2GB or $132 for 10GB) or your own server.  The multi pack will be required for larger tournaments.  A privately owned licence (from Christchurch) is the other option.

Approved, pending confirmation that the $883 is not an annual licence fee (and rather a one-off payment), FN to purchase a Fencing Time Server Multi pack licence with cloud based server of 2GB capacity to a budget of no more than $1,000.  Maja Saran at liberty to seek approval for a higher amount if needed.

Maja has the goal of training up some others to assist and to improve the registration system for teams in particular.   

Above Competition Head report approved.

Provided a sufficient travel bubble is open, FN will host Oceanic Juniors and Seniors.  Venues to be explored.  If Oceanic status is not possible (due to lack of bubble) then this will just be a National Open tournament.

There was discussion around team numbers for team tournaments (especially schools).  There is a need for clarity on this in respect of all tournaments.   There is a preference for 4 + 1 reserve (total 5), but this may be difficult to accommodate within the Fencing Time programme.  It would be possible to run events manually.  Maja to explore whether Fencing Time can accommodate teams of 4 + 1 reserve events.

There is a need for some more medals – Gold and Silver in particular.  Maja to perform a stock take and advise.

Treasurer’s Report

Amanda Hopkins provided the following summary report ahead of the meeting which was read out to those attending:

  1. P&L for year to date circa $13,000 (includes $12,500 grant from Auckland Council for Pistes)
  2. Balances total $50k
  3. Payments to receive include grant of $4,000 for Fencing Camps from Fencing NZ
  4. Payment outstanding include approx.. $900 to O Agnew for website – plus 2021 website fees (Oliver to transfer the account to Fencing North direct debit at some stage)
  5. Camp reconciliation shows a surplus of $3,656 to carry forward to the next camp (this includes the $4,000 Grant from FeNZ)

So looking positive.

Report accepted as outlined.

Delegated authority for payments was discussed.  Agreed that two of President, Secretary or Treasurer can approve Opex payments of up to $6,000.  Payments for capital items in excess of $5,000 will require Committee approval.

Fundraising

No new applications since last meeting.  Active NZ has two new funds which will be looked at and applications for funding made if appropriate.  There is a desire to purchase sectional pistes, although previous grant applications for such have been rejected.

Permanent Venue

Rhys Greensil gave a presentation in relation to Fencing North supporting a dedicated fencing centre in Auckland.  This follows a long period of thought about this, but no action.  The presentation was tabled.

Agreed that FN should continue to explore this option seriously.  The idea needs to be socialised more widely within the FN region via all clubs.  Few were in attendance at this meeting.  A further Fencing North Committee meeting to involve all clubs is to be called for that purpose. It is to be held on Monday, 22 February 2020.  David to formulate the necessary communication.  It is important that all clubs that have an interest attend.

Health and Safety

Nothing to report.

FENZ News

Last meeting was in December 2020.  $4,000 was provided by FENZ for the FN Camp.  A one-day affiliation option to enable tournament participation is being furthered. The FIE position for the competition season was outlined.  There is a new FENZ Privacy Policy in place.   

Coaching Report

The recent Camp was reported on.  It was a success.  70 participants and a good venue.  The coaching development programme was held in combination.  Hoped that this Camp idea can be repeated.

There is a First Aid course on 13 February.  There are still 10 free spaces.  A First Aid certificate is a prerequisite for the Fencing Coach qualification. 

Confirmation of next meeting date – 22 February 2020 (see above).

Other Business:

No other business.

Meeting Closed:  9:08 pm

 

Saturday, 06 February 2021 13:23

REMINDER : BUBBLE ENSEMBLE 2021

IF YOU HAVE NOT REGISTERED FOR THE FENCING NORTH BUBBLE ENSEMBLE - 2021 PLEASE READ THIS

 

What?:  First fencing tournament of the year - All weapons

When?: 14 February 2021. 

Where?:  Trusts Events Centre 

 

Standard registrations closed on 4 February 2020, but you can still register and we are looking for more entries to make it a successful opening event for the 2021 season.

 

So please register and tell your club mates and friends to do the same or pass on this email, if they tell you they don't know about it.  

 

All of the details for the tournament and the link for registration can be found here:

https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=42485

 

To register please ensure you go to the bottom of the first (details) page and then press the green "Continue" button.  

 

Please note that you will need to register with Fencing North, through the FENZ website to be eligible to compete.  Go to https://dev.fencing.org.nz/index.php

The FENZ fee is small and the Fencing North fee is $0 ... so no excuses!  It is important to support the national fencing organisation.

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Maja on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Published in News
Saturday, 06 February 2021 13:19

Fencing North Camp makes FIE News!

“Get Back to Fencing Camp” in New Zealand

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, Jan. 29, 2021—Fencing New Zealand recently hosted a “Get Back to Fencing Camp” to inspire and reinvigorate training and competition. The aim of the event was to bring the fencing community together after a tough year in 2020 – a comprehensive camp for all weapons – including “coaching the coaches” and referee seminars. The event took place over four days surrounding the weekend of January 23-24, drawing more than 60 fencers and coaches.

Coaches Anna Kamynina, Judit Fliszar, Kai Sang (Daniel) Chan, Kyle MacDonald and Yonggang (Ryan) Yan led the activities, with several other coaches contributing to the success of the camp. Included in the weekend were classroom instruction, coaching and referee training, on-piste practice in the large gymnasium and drills such as point-control target practice and more.

“We are lucky to be free of COVID in the community”, stated Amanda Hopkins, Fencing New Zealand Secretary-General. “While we are conscious of safety during the COVID-19 environment, New Zealand has been COVID-free for several months, so we were able to go ahead with the camp without any restrictions. With borders closed and with no national or international competitions during 2020, we have lost a lot of our youth over 2020, so we felt the time was right, just before the school year starts, to get the community back to fencing. It was great to see fencers and coaches taking the opportunity to participate and enjoy the event.”

Get back to Fencing Camp

Referee training with Anna Kamynina

 

Epee Classroom time with Coaches Daniel Chan and Kyle Macdonald

Coaching the coaches with Judit Fliszar and Anna Kamynina

Training with Sabre Coach Yonggang Yan - Ryan

 

Game time - get back to fencing

Published in News
Monday, 01 February 2021 17:05

Bubble Ensemble Tournament - 2021

The Fencing North Bubble Ensemble - 2021 tournament  is coming up on 14 February 2021 and will be held at Trusts Events Centre, Auckland.. 

 

Standard registrations close on 4 February 2020, but you can register (for a slightly higher fee) after that date.

 

This is the first local tournament of the year, so it would be good to have as many participants as we can in all weapons.  So please register and tell your club mates and friends to do the same or pass on this email, if they tell you they don't know about it.  

 

All of the details for the tournament and the link for registration can be found here:

https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=42485

 

To register please ensure you go to the bottom of the first (details) page and then press the green "Continue" button.  

 

Please note that you will need to register with Fencing North, through the FENZ website to be eligible to compete.  The FENZ fee is small and the Fencing North fee is $0 ... so no excuses!  It is important to support the national fencing organisation.

 

Please also note that weights and measures will be used.  This has not been the case at all tournaments for some time, so please be ready for that!     

 

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Maja on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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