En Garde! with the Whitehorse Chevaliers

Whitehorse Chevaliers
Whitehorse Chevaliers

FENCING is a sport that conjures images of swashbuckling pirates, duels at dawn, and the elegant chivalry of a bygone age. However it is also a modern Olympic sport, presenting both a physical and tactical challenge between opponents.

Fencing has been included in every Olympic Games of the modern era. There are three different weapons – Foil, Epee and Sabre. Each has its own character and rules, most people find they quickly develop a preference for one and make that the focus of their training.

The Whitehorse Chevaliers Fencing Club formed in 2011, and now runs training sessions in Nunawading, Mitcham, and Vermont South for over 70 members. They also provide fencing activities for schools and community groups. The club enjoys a strong junior presence, with the majority of members falling into teen and pre-teen age categories.

Skill levels range from beginners to national competitors, with a strong focus on enjoying the sport and having fun. There is also a growing band of competitive Veteran fencers (ages 40+), who demonstrate that fencing is a sport that can be taken up at any time of life. A fencing bout is primarily a duel of intellect, and the regular activity is a wonderful means of preserving mobility of the joints, flexibility of the body, and sharpness of the mind. Veterans’ fencing is open to beginners as well as experienced fencers.

Fencing offers many benefits for all ages. It is a game that promotes strategic and analytical thinking, self-confidence and self-discipline. It develops good sportsmanship and physical fitness. When trying the sport for the first time, many people are surprised (after the adrenalin rush wears off) to find just how physically demanding a match can be. Although an activity with swords may sound dangerous, fencing is an exceptionally safe sport. Even at the elite level, fencers suffer fewer injuries than at swimming or table tennis.

Whitehorse Chevaliers provides all the necessary safety equipment for beginners to help ensure everyone can participate safely. Most fencers take up the sport by joining a junior age class, or signing up for a beginner course. These run during school terms and are designed to progress fencers from the basic positions through to competition-level fencing skills.

The club runs friendly in-house competitions to introduce new members to the experience, which can be very different to regular training. We believe competition provides fencers with the opportunity to test their skills under pressure, measure their progress and provide goals to their training. Whitehorse Chevaliers is proud to have fencers competing at state, national and even international level, but are equally supportive of their members who fence for fun, fitness and social reasons. Our goal is to help every member achieve their fencing goals – whether that be the Olympics, or simply to experience the thrill of crossing blades with their friends.

You can learn the Olympic sport of Fencing at a 10-week Beginner Course. If you are interested, email us now on secretary@whitehorsechevaliers.com or phone 0450 556 330.

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LISA LAGERGREN