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Notice of EGM – Mon 16th December

Classic fencing lungeFrom the Committee, Sway Fencing Club: an Extraordinary General Meeting will be held Monday 16th December, Brockenhurst Sports Centre at 8.15 until approx. 8.45, to discuss the future of the Club.

In spite of a hugely successful three seasons at Brockenhurst, the Club finds the challenging current season about to become more difficult with the further loss of key personnel.

It is with great sadness that Vicki Pritchard and Robin Catling have announced their withdrawal from the club with their impending move to Devon. This sudden loss of coaching and admin resource in an already depleted Club only adds to the need to make drastic changes in the way that the Club operates. Continue reading »

Southern Region
Hub Days 2014

Fencing classic lungeThe first three hub dates are now arranged for 2014, so book the dates and join us at St Gabriels in Newbury:

  • January 5th
  • February 23rd
  • March 23rd

January is our ‘competition’ themed day. Continue reading »

Sway Juniors Go Gold!

Sway U13 Gold medal epee team: Arnie Seal, Serena Hogg, Aaron CrickIn a day of high drama, Sway Fencing Club took it’s first team win from the Southern Region Age Groups.

While the U16 Epee team of Jacob Crick, Will Prendergast and David Pugh were narrowly edged out of the medals in fourth, last year’s silver medallists Aaron Crick, Serena Hogg and Arnie Seal went one better in the U13 relay to take the title. Continue reading »

Southern Region Hub Nov. 3rd

Southern Region Hub dayThe next development day takes place this Sunday, 3rd November 2013.

Venue: St. Gabriel’s School, Sandleford Priory, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 9BD

Booking Form:

The theme for the day is ‘Team Work’
As well as training, there will be ideas about working and competing as a team. Continue reading Southern Region Hub Nov. 3rd

Sway Medals at Hampshire Open

[Photo: Dawn Townsend and Victoria Pritchard at the Hempshire Open. Photo by Robin CatlingThis year’s Hampshire Open Fencing competition, held over two days at the magnificent modernist Mountbatten Centre in Portsmouth, saw New Forest Fencers at all levels of competition in what was a demanding but friendly event.

In the Women’s events, Sway’s Dawn Townsend fought the double of Senior Foil and Veterans Foil, while  Victoria Pritchard made her first foray outside County and Regional events to her first Open, at which a large field of National and International competitors presented her biggest challenge to date. Continue reading Sway Medals at Hampshire Open

Forest Fencers Take County Medals

Townsend and Pritchard in Hmpshire Foil final 2012

Forest Fencers Take County Medals

This year’s Hampshire County Foil competition saw New Forest foilists awarded more medals, with an all-Sway final in the ladies’ Foil 1 event bringing gold and silver. A further ladies’ gold and men’s bronze in the Foil 2 rounded out the results for the local teams.

A strong Foil-1 event, again held at Hordle Walhampton School, saw the whole field split into pools to play short three-minute bouts, the winner being the first to five hits. After two rounds of pools, they were seeded according to the number of victories, with Dawn Townsend and Vicki Pritchard ranked 1st and 2nd, and Lauren Begbour close behind in 5th. Continue reading Forest Fencers Take County Medals

Weapons: Foil

The oldest of the three competitive weapons is the foil. The foil is a thrusting weapon, up to 500 grams (1.1 lbs). It has a circular, curved hand-guard. The target area for foil fencing is the torso except for the back below the hipbones; only hits which arrive on the target area score. Hits which arrive off-target stop the action but don’t score a touch.

A set of rules referred to as ‘right-of-way’ determine which fencer scores if both are hit. The basic principle of right of way is that when attacked, you need ensure that you are not hit before attempting to hit your opponent back. If neither fencer has right-of-way and both are hit, then no touch is scored.

Target area: for Foil, as a former training weapon – the trunk of the body only (shown in red)