At the inaugral London Region Intermediate Championship on 29th April Madeleine Brettingham added a Silver medal for Ladies Foil to her collection while Decordoba Mitchell-Rowe took the Men’s Sabre Silver medal.
Both will now represent London at the GB Cup Competition in Nottingham on 23rd June
For competition dates check the Event Calendar on the British Fencing website (see under Calendars on the menu)
ROYAL STENNICK CHALLENGE (A good first competition) (U8/U11/U14/U18 [foil only]/ Adults [all weapons]) Held 2 or 3 times a year Location usually in mid or east Kent but its worth the trip (about 1hr 15m drive from Blackheath Club) Andrew can email you an entry form.
KENT FOIL U10/12/14 CHAMPIONSHIPS (A good first competition) Check Kentfencing.org for dates. This is a club entry speak to the coaches. Fee £10
KENT FOIL U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS(A good first competition for that age group) Usually around October/November Usually held at Tonbridge School
British Youth Championship – Southeast Region and London Region For those ready to go up a step. Although standalone competitions the top fencers qualify for the National Youth Championship, although this is optional. Complies with the usual age groups. The region you enter depends on the one you selected on your British Fencing membership record. For Musketeers, South East is recommended.
Newham Swords Junior Challenge (for slightly more experienced fencers) U10/U12/U14/U16 Four competitions in the series collecting points Jan -Jun 2019. See Newhamswords.org.uk calendar. Fencers come across the country to enter these so will definitely push your boundaries! SportsDock, UEL, E14 2RD (20mins from Blackheath)
With five fencers competing and four taking medals out of a total entry of 46 fencers on this day of the Euro16 and Wimbledon finals that’s quite an impressive result!
Mable Chambers, an ex Musketeer now at Kent University, took Gold in the Women’s Novice Epee. Having come 5th of 6 in the poules she says her best position is to be 7-10 down in the DE to motivate her to win! And she did!
Gurlal Jagdev took silver in the Mens Intermediate Epee
Stephen Wood took Silver in the Mens Intermediate Foil, under the Morley Blades flag but also a Blackheath Fencer in recent months.
Valerio Radolovich, a beginner in September 2015, took Silver in Mens Novice foil (fencing under Morley Blades but now back at Blackheath after moving closer).
And last but not least
Decordoba Mitchell-Rowe, also a beginner in September 2015, came 5th in the Mens Novice Epee in his first competition
On 22 March Blackheath epeeists took on Gravesham in a friendly club match for the first time in a couple of years sending two teams from its growing group of epeeists.
The A team comprising Gurlal Jagdev, David Antonopolous and Alister Smith won 45:41 and James Williamson, Marlene Sturm and Christian Gucklesberger formed a B team which narrowly lost 41:42 after running out of time.
All enjoyed their visit and thank Gravesham for the invite and hospitality. A return match will be arranged soon!
For the last 3 years We have been using an eCommerce package to help sell training courses, take payment for Club fees and list typical costs and suppliers of fencing equipment.
For technical reasons and increased software licence costs, this will be decommissioned by Easter and will be replaced by a simpler set of pages with Pay Now buttons linking directly to online payment providers.
Paypal will be retained as a payment provider but it has become a victim of its own success, taking 50% of fees, and we are now paying £350 per year in bank charges.
We are therefore introducing a new payment provider called GoCardLess. This is the same system being used by British Fencing’s new membership system, and other major companies, to take payments using the UK Direct Debit system. It works in much the same way as a debit card, taking payment directly from a bank account. It is all done online with no paperwork needed.
Charges to the club for the service are only one quarter those of Paypal! (1% v 4%). and members are encouraged to use this method of payment.
The new screens are already active for the Adult Training Classes starting in April