HFC members represent Eastern Region at Veterans Winton Tournament
HFC club members took part in the Veterans Winter Tournament held at RAF Cosford 25th/26th September 2021. Representing Eastern Region and led Richard Sage, the fencers fenced matches against the other regions at each weapon.
Club members involved included:
Richard Sage (Team Leader and Men's Foil),
Tracey Coates (Women's Foil),
Ian Coates (Men's Saber)
Jacques Portal (Men's Foil)
The fencing was competitive but fun and all the team members enjoyed the weekend’s fencing. The event was all the more special as it’s the first time Covid restrictions have allowed a major national team event, it was so nice to see old and new friends on and off the piste!
HFC gives a demonstration at Hunts County Squash Club
Richard Sage, one of the veteran fencers at Huntingdon Fencing Club, is also a keen squash player at Hunts County Squash Club at the Pavilion in Hemingford Grey, St Ives. Hunts County Squash Club run a very successful cadet training scheme for their young squash players and in August 2021 Rob Dadds, Head Coach at Hunts County Squash Club, asked Richard if he could arrange a fencing demo and ‘have-a-go-at-fencing’ sessions for the Hunts County Squash cadets. Richard asked fellow fencers Mike Ellis, Tracey Coates and Fiona Turnbull if they’d help.
Head squash coach Rob Dadds said after the sessions “It was fantastic to once again have Huntingdon Fencing Club attend two afternoons of our summer squash camps and introduce our youngsters to Fencing. Having had such a positive response from the previous Fencing demo a few years back, it was great to be able to have Richard and the team at Hunts County Squash Club again to expose a new group of young squash players to the sport! Both sessions went excellently, with Mike's captivating explanation and coaching, an interactive and thrilling demonstration of a Fencing match, and of course, the juniors then got to put on the gear and try for themselves! It was great to watch them all get stuck in and enjoying the session, while putting into practice the different tactical and technical elements they'd learnt over the session. There were also some parallels between the two sports that hopefully they will be able use the help with their squash. Thank you to Richard, Mike, Fiona and Tracey for such a great session. We look forward to organising another Fencing session for the juniors in future!”
Full report can be found here