Blackheath Fencers take Cup and Medals in Kent Competition

Medal wiiners in Girls U12 Kent Foil Comp 2015
Amy Jenkins, Gold Medallist and Lilla Scott Bronze Kent U12 Girls Foil May 15

At the Kent County U14, U12 and U10 Foil competition on Sunday10th May Amy Jenkins took the Gold medal in the U12 Girls Foil coming back from 6:0 to win 6:10.  Lilla Scott landed the Bronze.

It was the first competition for both girls who have been fencing with Blackheath for 18 and 12 months respectively.

In the boys Giacomo Cose came 7th in the U12 with Nick McCormack and Jack Morrin coming 11th and 12th while Joezinho Savage  came 9th and Jakab Illes came 13th in the U10. Again all first competitions for these guys so valuable experience.

Blackheath Musketeer takes Bronze in SE Youth Champs

Blackheath Musketeer, Kathryn Bowers, took joint Bronze in the Under 14 Girls foil at the South East Region Youth Championships on 8th Feb.

South East Region Bronze Medallist
Coach Andy Pavaday, Kathryn Bowers, Andrew Nisbet, Coach and Youth Coordinator

This was the first competition for Kathryn, since she started fencing in April last year and

means she has qualified to enter the national British Youth Championships to be held in Sheffield in May.

“This is a tremendous achievement for someone so new to the sport and shows what can

be done with dedication and focus.” said Andy Pavaday, Head Coach at Blackheath Fencing Club.

Kathryn went on to compete in the British Youth Competition in Sheffield over the May bank holiday coming 47th in a field of 50 a good National level

Training Courses for 2014/15

We have revised our training courses for the year 2014/15 ie from September 2014.

Our Level 1 course is aimed at adult novices and runs for half a term teaching all the necessary basics.

Our Level 2 course is aimed at those with some initial training, such as the level 1 course,

To give all potential fencers some options the courses are staggered ie, Tuesday’s Level 2 runs at the same time as the Level 1 on Thursdays.

Our Refesher Course is aimed at those who may have taken a break for a year or so and hopefully encouraging some to return to fencing. It only runs once a term and, at present, on Thursdays only.

Details of all the adult courses can be found on our Adult Training page

Jordan adds to Musketeers medals

Blackheath Musketeer, Jordan Webb, took the Bronze medal in the Kent County Under 16 boys Foil championship in Tonbridge on 10th November.

Jordan (2nd right) with the other medal winners and Corsini King from Kent County AFU
Jordan (2nd right) with the other medal winners and Corsini King from Kent County AFU

Jordan, who started fencing just 15 months ago, has been working his way up the competition ladder in the U14 group. His persistence and effort paid off as he broke into the medal winners this time and in the higher U16 age group. A super achievement.

New Head Coach for Blackheath

From the beginning of this term we are pleased to announce that our new Head Coach will be Andy PavadayAndyPavaday

 

Andy is an extremely experienced fencer and coach and is qualified to level 5 (the top level) in coaching for all three weapons. Some of the adult members (including me) have been on his development courses. He also coaches at Brixton Fencing Club, a large and successful club with a long history of developing excellent fencers.

 

Andy will be coaching both the Musketeers and the adult fencers and will be around from 6:30 to 9:30 on both Tuesdays and Thursdays. This should be great for both the adult and youth fencers as our new head coach will be available for all of our fencing sessions.

 

This means that the Musketeers gain an additional coach to complement the great work being undertaken by Stephan and Alan and one who has taken junior fencers to the very highest level of the sport including onto the British team.

 

Andy lives locally, started fencing in Greenwich and was a member of Blackheath club until the mid 90’s.

 

This is a big step up for the club and especially for our Musketeers where we should see his impact over the coming season. I am sure you will join us in welcoming him to the club. More details about Andy can be found on the Coaches Page

Farewell to Marc Chapman

Marc Chapman left our club in July having been our Head Coach for over six years. He joined the club when we had only one adult session per week on a Tuesday. When we added the Musketeers, and then Thursdays, his other commitments prevented him from being more than an advisor albeit an invaluable one who has guided the club to its present state.
Marc has now taken a senior position in British Fencing as coach for the national U20 epee team which involves a lot of international travel and he felt that he was unable to give Blackheath the attention it needs. We are sorry to see him go, wish him well for the future but we know he will be following us as we will also be following his career. Look out for him at Olympics 2020!
Good luck Marc!