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1THESWORDOCTOBER2014SWORDTHEJANUARY2015JANUARY2015TRIUMPHFORGEORGINAUSHERWANTTOFINDOUTMORECLICKONANYLINKINSIDETOSEEMOREBritishFencingMagazineBritishFencingMagazineTHECOMMONWEALTHCHAMPIONSHIPSINLARGS-PAGES6-9 2THESWORDOCTOBER2014www.leonpaulfencingcentre.com JANUARY2015THESWORD3EditorEdRogers9BreakersWayDalgetyBayFieKY9LZT88769Eedwrogoutlook.comPrintWarwickPrintingCoLtdCaswellRoadLeamingtonSpaWarwickshireCVQDT9688F96887DesignandLayoutJonLabramT767477Ejon.labrambeazley.comAdvertisingKarimBashirM7846Emediabritishencing.comBritishFencingacceptsnoresponsibilityorthecontentsoadvertisementsandreservestherighttoreuseinclusion.TheSwordaquarterlymagazineoundedin948isdistributedtoallindividualandclubmembersoBritishFencinganditsaliates.ItcanalsobeobtainedonsubscriptionUKOverseasairmail6directromHQ.Contributionsarewelcome.Photographsshouldincludethenamesothosepicturedandthephotographer.ViewsexpressedinTheSworddonotnecessarilyreectthoseoBritishFencing.Nopartothemagazinemaybereproducedwithoutpermissionromtheeditorphotographer.FrontcoverimageGeorginaUsherandMaryCohenintheWomensEpeeIndividualSemi-FinalCommonwealthFencingChampionships.photoGrahamMorrisonBeazleysponsorshipBeazleyhasafveyearpartnershipwithBritishFencingasitspremierpartnerandocialinsurer.ThroughthesponsorshipBeazleyaimstomakeameaningulcontributiontothecontinueddevelopmentothesportinBritainbothatthehighestcompetitivelevelandthroughencingclubsandschoolsthroughoutthecountry.Forup-to-datenewsphotosvideosandgamesvisitourdedicatedmicrositebeazleybritishencing.comBRITISHFENCINGtwitter.combritishencingFollowusonFacebookwww.britishencing.com4NEWSSirNicholasWintonHonouredHoskynsandJayinFIEHalloFameGBMensSabreReceivesCutlersAwardWellingtonSchoolPupilattheCuttingEdgeoFencing5MESSAGEFROMTHECHAIR6REPORTSCommonwealthFencingChampionshipsLargs4CommonwealthUncommonHealthEightMedalHaulatVeteransWorldChampionshipsTheRomeOlympics9615DEVELOPMENTFencingatDurhamUniversityEliteFencingAcademyatTrurosNewVenueSaeguardinginBritishFencing18MEDICALANDSCIENCELateralityandPosturalAsymmetriesinFencing20INTERVIEWTheLieandTimesoMalcolmFare22ROUNDUPSeniorInternationalRoundUpTheWhitchurchShieldSalleEtonhasCelebratedYearsasaClub28REVIEWSBooksLearningFencingFoilSabreandEpeeOnGuardVideosFencingMovesTrilogy30OBITUARIESFrankMillsDameMaryGlenHaigDBE32INFORMATIONANNOUNCEMENTSPressReleaseHungerGamesFencingDemoWorkorceCoursesVolunteerPhotographersWanted33RESULTSJANUARY2015WelcometoTHESWORDNEXTDEADLINE23RDFEBRUARY 4THESWORDJANUARY20154THESWORDJANUARY2015NewsNEWSHOSKYNSJAYINFIEHALLOFFAMEItwastomarkthe3CentennialthattheFIEestablishedtheFIEHalloFameinordertocelebratetheheroesoencingpastandpresentandpaytributetothemortheircontributionstothesportoencingthroughoutthecentury.BillHoskynsandAllanJayaretheonlyBritishencerstobeeaturedinthisanditisimportantthatthismomentshouldbeproperlyrecordedinTheSword.TheircitationsreadasollowsBillHoskynswasaBritishencerwhoappearedatsixOlympicGameswinningtwosilvermedalsin96and964.Hecompetedinallthreeweaponsdoingsointhe96and964OlympicsbuthewasespeciallyefectiveatepeewherehewasWorldChampionin98.HeisoneoonlyveencerstocompeteinatleastsixOlympicGames.AllanJaywastwiceOlympicsilvermedallistandseventimesOlympicandworldmedallist.HewasWorldChampionatoilin99andrunner-upatepee.HealsohadacareerinsportsadministrationinparticularasthehonorarylegaladvisortotheBritishFencingAssociationoryearsandGBseniorteammanageroryears.AttheFIEheservedontheScaleoVotesCommissionrom996to998andtheDisciplinaryPanelrom998to.HeattendedtheFIECongresssixtimes.CompletedetailsotheFIEHalloFamecanbeoundbyusingtheollowinglinkhttpswww.youtube.comwatchvuk8KIpOtEIGBMENSSABRERECEIVESCUTLERSAWARDCAMDENANDTRUROFENCINGCLUBSRECOGNISEDFOREFFORTSINDRIVINGFORWARDMENSSABREBritishFencingisdelightedtoannouncethatthisyeartheWorshipulCompanyoCutlershasinconjunctionwithBritishFencingawardedtheCutlersMedaltotheGBMensSabreSquad.TheawardisinrecognitionothehardworkandperormancesacrosstheweaponthataresultedintheinclusionoasabresquadontotheWorldClassProgrammeandbsawtheGBJuniorteamattainthplaceattherecentBudapestJuniorWorldCup.ThisGBJuniorTeamwasmadeupoJonathanWebbReubenAmsalemWilliamDearyandRaaelVanHofelen-allmembersotheWCPPodiumPotentialorTalentProgrammes.AlongsidetheMedalthetwoclubsthathavecontributedmosttoathletesontotheWorldClassProgrammeswilleachreceiveanawardCamdenFencingClubwillreceive4TruroFencingClub.OnreceivingtheawardsIanWilliamsspeakingonbehaloCamdenFencingClubsaidWeareverygrateultoCutlersorthisaward.TheseareexcitingtimesorBritishMensSabreandIwouldliketothankeverybodyinvolvedoralltheirhardworkanddedicationoveranumberoyears.JonSaleldoTruroFencingClubsaidWehaveshownthattwoercelycompetitiveclubscancometogetherundertheGBagandachievegreatsuccess.AlexNewtonPerormanceDirectorsaidIwaspleasedthattheWorshipulCompanyoCutlershasrecognisedtheefortsothesetwoclubsindevelopingthenextgenerationosabretalent.Welookorwardtoworkingwithboththeseclubstourtherourambitionstodelivermedalsontheworldstageatseniorandjuniorlevel.TheawardwaspresentedtoPatriciaAiyenurorepresentingCamdenFencingClubonSaturday8thNovemberatCutlersHall.NICHOLASWINTONHONOUREDSirNicholasWintonhasbeenhonouredbytheCzechsorsavingchildrenromtheNazisduringWW.Hewas9whenhearrangedtrainstotakethechildrenoutooccupiedCzechoslovakiaandorosteramiliestomeettheminLondon.The-year-oldwasgiventheOrderotheWhiteLionbytheCzechPresidentduringaceremonyatPragueCastle.InaspeechhethankedtheBritishpeoplewhogavethechildrenhomes.SirNicholassaidhewasdelightedthatsomanyothechildrenhehelpedwereabletoattendtheceremony.TheullarticleisavailableontheBBCNewswebsiteathttpwww.bbc.co.uknewsuk-9798434AnextremelykeenandwelldecoratedencerSirNicholasalongwithhisbrotherBobbydevisedthepopularregionalteameventknownastheWintonCup.Theystartedthetournamentin9asaseniorteameventandnowtherearealsoseparateeventsorcadetsandveterans.BritishFencingcongratulatesSirNicholasorthiswelldeservedhonour.SourceBBCNEWSWELLINGTONSCHOOLPUPILATTHECUTTINGEDGEOFFENCINGJADECLARKEWELLINGTONSCHOOLSNATIONALFENCINGCHAMPIONHASRECEIVEDAPRESTIGIOUSAWARD.Jade7wasinvitedtoLondontoreceiveanawardromTheWorshipulCompanyoCutlersorherachievementinwinningtheBritishCadetWomensFoilFencingChampionshipsthisyear.ShewasgivengrandstandseatoutsideStPaulstowatchTheLordMayorsShowandenjoyedlunchatTheCutlersHallwhereshesatbesideTheMaster.TheunorgettabledaywastoppedbyaspectacularreworksdisplayovertheThamesintheeveningandJadehadathoroughlyenjoyabletimesamplingthehospitalityothisancientandhistoricliveryhall.JadesencingcareerhasbeenmeteoricandshewillnowmoveuptotheUcategoryoencingwhichisagreatchallengeorthis7yearoldpupil.TheCutlersCompanyisoneothemostancientotheCityoLondonliverycompaniesandreceiveditsrstRoyalCharterromHenryVin46.ItsoriginsweretobeoundamongthecutlersworkinginthemedievalCityoLondoninCheapside.Itsunctionwastoprotecttheinterestsoitsmembersandattendtotheirwelare.OvertimetheemphasisshitedromimplementsowartocutleryandotherdomesticwaressuchasrazorsandscissorsandocourseoilsepeesandsabresTodaytheCompanycombinesthesecharitableendeavourswithmaintainingthetraditionsotheCityoLondonsupportingtheMayoraltypreservingtheCompanysHallandotherassetsorthebenetouturegenerations.JadeClarkeattheWorshipulCompanyoCutlers JANUARY2015THESWORD5ItsthatHappyNewYeartimeagain.YouwillbeexpectingmetousethisSwordspacetoexpresslotsocheeryslogansandaphorismsonbehaloBFandtheBoard.WellIwasslowedupinthedratingprocesswhichiseverinwaltztimeslowslowquickquickslowbyjustthatsetohandcufs.ThenIrealisedtherearelotsothosegreetingsaroundanywaytheyareineveryshopwindowlettercardspeechandgreetingthistimeoyear.Otenwellmeantbutotenunthoughtout.InsteadIrealisedIshouldRememberthegoodasMickeyNewburysang.WhereisthegoodinBritishFencingWhatgoodthingscanwesayMyChairviewisthatwearenowingoodorganisationalshape.WehavetheullyconstitutedBoardinplace.ThereareeightelectedDirectorsthreeindependentsincludingtheappointedDirectorWilliamPittwhobringsspecialandtransatlanticmarketingskillstousplustheChair.WehaveatlastaulltimeCEOwhoisversedintheencingcommunityandbusinessskills.Sheissupportedatlastbyaullsetomanagerswhoareclearabouttheirimportantresponsibilitiesandchallenges.Allthatisgood.InacttheDirectorsandIthinkitsverygood.Withour3Gstrategythereisgoodprogress.IcansaythatwithclearevidenceinourGreenratingorgovernanceinourexpandingWorldClassProgrammeandthenewTalentPathway.RightnowwiththeGrowprogrammeitsapersonalviewasweawaittheSportEnglandjudgmentattheendothismonthonourundingbidorthenexttwoyears.GabbyWilliamsispullingtogethergoodinitiativesoundeduponnewinsightsintooursport.Andheressomethingreallygood-BritishFencinghasitsstatedvalues-HonestyExcellenceandRespect.TheBoardandorganisationareullycommittedtothesevaluesinoureverydayaimsprogrammesactivitiesinthewayweanswerthephoneandreplytomailsandsetupeventsandsoon.Thisistestingorusall.Butitsright.AndgoodIbelieveweareseentobedoinggoodthings.Threequickexamples-wehaveourEuropeanchampioninJamesDavisthenewencingskillsvideothankstoBeazleyandweweretherstsporttoputonashoworthousandsocommutersatLondonsWaterloostation.Wewillkeepdoingmore.JustlookatthereportsandstoriesinthisSwordedition.DoyouknowwhatisthemostimportantgoodthingAsaBoardasanorganizationweknowourselvesnow.Weknowaboutthebadthings.Theweaknesses.Theareasthatstillneedimprovement.Andinwewillstarttoxmoreothose.Becausewearecommittedtoallthehardworkneededtomeetourshortandlongtermaimstogrowoursportandspreadthegoodwordsaboutitsimportanceanditsvaluesandtokeepimprovingtheservicetoyouthemembers.MessageromthechairMESSAGEFROMTHECHAIRDavidTeasdaleChairBritishFencingT7838963david.teasdalebritishencing.com 6THESWORDJANUARY2015ASPECIALREPORTBYKARIMBASHIRthNovember4DayMensEpeeTherstsemi-nalsawaghtbetweentwoteammatesromWalesTomEdwardsandMarcBurkhalter.EdwardsstartedthematchthebusierothetwoencersbutitwasBurkhalterwhopulledouta3-leadinsidetherstminutepickinghisopponentofromdistance.Edwardssettledbutwentintotherstbreak-4down.ThetwotradedhitsinthesecondperiodwithBurkhaltergoingintothenalperiod9-8up.WithaneversosubtleincreaseinintensityBurkhalterpulledawayromEdwardstowin-.Thesecondsemi-nalwasbetweenJohnDownesAUSandDudleyTredgerENGanditstartedatamuchhigherpacethantherst.InarelentlessdisplayoaggressiveencingTredgerstormedtoa-8victoryinjustoveraminute.Tredgerapproachedthenalinthesamewayhehadinhissemi-nal.Straightofthemarkromthewordgo.DespitepullingawayromtheWelshenceratthebeginningotheghtBurkhaltersettledandgotbackintothematchbypickinguphisopponentsbladeasheapproachedatspeedandlandinghisripostes.TredgeradaptedtothisandusedBurkhalterstacticagainsthim.Inadisplayosupremesecond-intentionencingTredgerdrewBurkhaltersparrieswhilstadvancingatspeedandthenslowedrightdownmakingtheripostesmissallowinghimtolandcontinuations.Inalittleoveraminutehetookthersttitleothechampionshipswitha-6victory.WomensSabreTherstsemi-nalbetweenJennierSancrotSCOandAnnLeeSINstartedwithbothencersdeterminedtogoateachother.Sancrotedgedtherstperiod8-6withaslightlybettercontrolothedistance.DespiteagreatstarttothesecondperiodromSancrotwhowent-8upLeechangedthedistanceandrolledofeightunansweredhitstowin-.Inthesecondsemi-nalKatherineKempeWALemployedanofensiveapproachromthestartagainstKatieHendraENG.Shetookan8-3leadintothebreakandcontinuedinmuchthesameveininthesecondperiodwinning-4.InthenalaclassystartromKempesawhertakeanearlytwo-hitleadromLeewithasecond-intentionparryriposteollowedbyawellexecutedstop-cuttowrist.Leesettledandhavinggone-4upwasawardedhersixthhitwhichKempedisputed.WithnovideoreplaythehitstoodbutitservedtoinspiretheWelshenceron.Kempetookan8-6leadintothenalperiodandcontinuedtooutwitheropponentwithacombinationoattackssecond-intentionparryripostesandstop-cutstotakeawelldeserved-victory.thNovember4DayWomensFoilTherstsemi-nalbetweenSingaporeanteammatesWenyingWangandCherylYeHanWongwasstrikingbecauseotheheightdiferencebetweenthemWangtoweringoverWong.Wangusedherheightreachadvantagetogo3-andthetwothentradedhitstogointothebreakwiththescore6-3toWang.AtightersecondperiodollowedbutWangwasabletoopenherleadto-4goingintothelastperiod.WongworkedondrawingWangsattackinthethirdperiodbuttonoavailasWangeasedtoa3-7win.Inthesecondsemi-nalbetweenCatherineCookENGandChloeDicksonSCOtherewaslittlebetweenthemintherstperiod.InthesecondperiodDicksonwascontenttositonherbacklineanddrawtheEnglishencerin.CookpressedbutDicksonpickedhermomentwelltoeitherclosethedistancewithacounter-attackorexecuteabulousparryripostes.Dicksonled8-4goingintothenalperiod.DespiteCooksimproveddistancewhichallowedhertoclosetowithintwohits7-9.Dicksondelightedthehomecrowdwitha-8victory.Thenalwasaone-sidedafair.WangSINtookaquick3-leadoverDicksonSCOandthenslowedtheghtdownbyopeningthedistance.ShethenworkedhardtopickheropponentwhoisstillaJunioroftakinga7-leadintotherstbreak.ItwasmuchthesameinthesecondperiodasWangwent4-upbeoreDicksonscoredthreeamazinglyexecutedhitsinarow.GoingintothethirdandnalperiodWangmadelightworkoscoringthenalhittakingthegoldmedal-3withaclinicalattack.MensSabreTherstsemi-nalbetweenStephenRocksSCOandMaiyuranRatneswarenENGstartedwellortheEnglishencerwholed3-aternotimeatall.RockssteadiedtheshipbutRatneswarenled8-4atthebreakshowinggreatervariety.RockswasarromCOMMONWEALTHFENCINGCHAMPIONSHIPSLARGS4withphotosfromGrahamMorrisonL.DudleyTredgerENGR.MarcBurkhalterWALL.KatherineKempeWALR.AnnLeeSINL.ChloeDicksonSCOR.WenyingWangSIN JANUARY2015THESWORD7REPORTSoutoitthoughashiscalmapproachbroughthimtowithinonehit.Ratneswarenappearedtoberattledbyadecisionromthereereebutrecoveredtotakeacomortable-victory.Intheendtheslightlysharperencerwon.Inthesecondsemi-nalAlexanderCrutchettENGtookonGlennSancrotSCOandasuperbdisplayoootworksawhimtakean8-4intothebreak.Sancrotwasarromencingbadlythoughandlookedcondentgoingintothesecondperiod.Crutchettstartedthenalperiodextremelywellgoing-7upbutaseriesobravemovesromSancrotsawhimclosethegap.Crutchettresetandeventuallystormedtoaseeminglycomortable-victory.CrutchettversusRatneswarenbothromEnglandpromisedtobeanintriguingnalanditdidntdisappoint.Howevernobodypredictedthatitwouldbesoone-sided.Crutchettdominatedthedistanceandtacticaldecisionsintherstperiodtakingan8-leadintothebreak.Hecameoutorthesecondperiodlookingmuchmoredeterminedandcondentinwhathisplanwasstormingtoa-victoryovertheunusuallysubduedRatneswaren.AlexanderCrutchettmadeitback-to-backvictoriesorhisamilyinthiseventollowinguphisbrotherAnthonysvictoryin.thNovember4Day3MensFoilTherstsemi-nalwasanallSingaporeafairbetweenJieWuandZhenggangZhang.AbusystartrombothencerswentinavouroZhangwholed-3attherstbreak.Theshorterencercontrolledthedistancebetterorthatlead.DistancewasthekeytothesecondperiodbutthistimeitwasWuwhohadthebetteroit.DespitethisZhangheldthetwo-pointlead8-6goingintothenalperiod.ThemomentumhadclearlyswunginWusavourwhoquicklydrewlevelat8-8.Zhanguppedthepaceotheghtandshowedgreatvarietytogo3-8up.Hewentontowin-.Inthesecondsemi-naltwohomenationencerstooktothepisteHusaynRosowskyENGagainstJamieFitzgeraldSCO.RosowskyintentondrawingFitzgeraldintoattackingintherstperiodcontrolledtheghtleading4-attherstbreak.Hislightening-quickparryriposteswhereaeatureotherstthreeminutes.ThesecondperiodwasataleotwohalvesasRosowskydominatedtheearlystagesbycontinuinghistacticomixingcounter-attackswithparryripostestoincreasehislead.Fitzgeraldsheadappearedtohavegonewhenalloasuddenhesprungtoliewithbetterdistanceonhisattacks.TheScottrailedjust8-9goingintothenalperiod.Hethendrewlevelat9-9earlyinthethirdperiodandbothencersbackedawayromeachothertakingtheghtintoanon-combativitynalminute.Fitzgeraldscoredandthoughthedwononlyorthereereetoremindhimotherulechange.Anon-combativityminuteisoughtinullunlikeapriorityminute.HusaynRosowskydrewlevelonlyorFitzgeraldtoscorethewinninghitjustbeoretheclockrandown.FitzgeraldSCOdominatedthedistanceintherstperiodothenalagainstZhangSIN.Initiallyworkingonhiscounter-attackandparryripostestheScotgrewincondenceandstartedtoattacktoleadbyanamazingscoreo9-attherstbreak.FitzgeraldsdominancecontinuedinthesecondperiodwithZhangonlyabletoscoretwiceinarowat3-down.TwostunningickripostestothebackotheSingaporeansawFitzgeraldtakethetitle-.ThiswasatrulyremarkablevictoryortheScottishencerwholookedallbutoutinhissemi-nal.WomensEpeeGeorginaUsherSCOtookonMaryCohenENGintherstsemi-nalwiththeEnglishencertryingtopushtheScot.Usherdidnotreactandthreedoublessawtheghtgointotherstbreakatthreea-piece.Ushercontinuedherpatientapproachinthesecondperiodwhichworkedinheravourasshescoredvesinglelightsandadoubletolead9-4atthesecondbreak.Thosehitscamerombothdeenceandattacks.WithCohenhavingtopressUshercontinuedhertacticodrawingheropponentonandtheScotwentL.JamieFitzgeraldSCOR.ZhenggangZhangSINL.AlexanderCrutchettENGR.MaiyuranRatneswarenENG 8THESWORDJANUARY2015ontowin-8.Thesecondsemi-nalsawTiaSimms-LymnJAMtakeonJulianaBarrettRSA.At-totheSouthAricanthereereecalledornon-combativitywithneitherencerestablishinganymomentum.Therewasmoreactioninthesecondperiodbutagainneitherencerwasabletoputtheirmarkontheghtsotheywentintothenalperiodtiedat4-4.Anon-combativityminutewascalledinsidetherstsixtysecondsothenalperiodonormaltimewithBarrettbeingawardedthepriority.ThatsparkedSimms-Lymnintoactionasshescoredtwosinglelightswithamoreactiveapproachtotheght.WiththeclockdowntojustsevensecondsBarretthadtopushandmanagedtoscoreonesinglelightbutSimms-Lymnprogressedtothenal8-7.SoitwasexperienceversusyouthasUsherSCOtookonSimms-LymnJAM.Non-combativitywascalledateraminuteotherstperiodwithnoscoremeaningtheghtwentstraightintothesecondperiod.Usherstruckrstwithtwosinglelightsearlyinthesecondtakingamoreaggressiveapproachthanshehadinhersemi-nalght.Non-combativitywascalledagainwithUsherleading-goingintothenal.ThepatientapproachromUshercontinuedtoworkwellinthenalperiodasshepickedoftheJamaicanwithattacksonpreparationandcounteractions.WithlessthanninetysecondsletSimms-Lymnhadtoattackbutwasunabletoregisterasinglelight.Usherwentontowinthetitlewitha-4victory.3thNovember4Day4MensEpeeTeamAstheindividualcompetitionhasnishedattentionturnedtotheteameventswithmensepeekickingofproceedings.EleventeamstookpartandatthebusinessendothedayWalesbeatScotland3-8intherstsemi-nalandSingaporedeeatedEngland4-33inthesecond.Therstmedalmatchwasthebronzemedalght-ofbetweenEnglandGreensidesHarrisHendersonandScotlandHayHofmanTannock.AtightmatchbeganwiththreelowscoringboutstheScotsleading4-3goingintotheourth.WithbothteamsseeminglykeentoplayouttimejustonehitwasscoredinthenextthreeboutsasScotlandwentintothenalthirdothematchwitha-3lead.ThematchscreamedintoactionintheseventhlegasGreensidesENGlookedtoclosethegapbutitwasHaySCOwhotookadvantagehandingovera9-6leadtohisteammate.AteraurryohitsintheeighthandpenultimatelegScotlandincreasedtheirleadto-6.BothteamsbroughtintheirL.Simms-LymnJAMR.GeorginaUsherSCOMaryCohenSaysBeoremysemi-nalwithGeorginaIwaseelingcondent.Ihadjustwonanextremelycloseghtagainsttheno.seedJoHallsandsoknewIwasencingwell.AlthoughthisseasonGeorginahadalwaysemergedthevictorwhenwehaddrawneachothertheghtshadbeencloseandIthoughtallIlackedwasthecondencetoaddinsomedeepattackstobodywithherblade.TherstewpointsperturbedmeIwasndingthetimetodomyavouriteecheattackyetshewascounter-attackingandgettingadoubleeverytime.Attherstbreakitwas3-3andIdecideditwastimetotrythoseattackswiththebladetogetsomesinglelights.ButGeorginawasready.NotonlywouldsheresolutelyonlyreactiIwascloseenoughtogenuinelythreatenherbutshewasntgivingmeastraightarmshewasmovingherarmandbladesidewaysandonlyleavingherpointinplacesothatitwasveryhardormetoeitherhitherarmortakeherblade.NotonlythatbutnowIknewthatIwouldonlygetareactioniIwascloseenoughIwasveryclosetoherindeedandshecapitalisedonthisbyoccasionallyattackingmeonmypreparation.Thescorewidenedto9-4bythesecondbreakanddespitemyefortstochangetherhythmandtakethebladeinotherwaysGeorginanowhadcontrolotheghtandwoncomortably-8.WhilstdisappointedthatIhadencedsowellagainstHallsandthencouldnotbeataBritwhomIknewwellGeorginaisnoordinaryBritorScot.Notonlyhasshebeenranked3thintheworldandwonworldcupmedalsbutshehasbeenatseniorinternationallevelorovertwodecades.YetdespitehavingencedinCommonwealthchampionshipsor4yearsandhavingwonmedalspreviouslythiswasherrstgold.IknewpatiencewasoneoGeorginasmostdeadlyweaponsbutthiswastrulypatienceatitsmosttriumphant. JANUARY2015THESWORD9reservesortheanchorlegasListoncameonorScotlandandtheindividualgoldmedallistTredgercameonorEngland.UnsurprisinglytheEnglishencercameoutontheattackpushingthroughoutthenalthreeminutes.ListonthoughwasabletositbackandpickofdoublehitstotakeScotlandtothebronzemedalwitha44-36victory.InthegoldmedalmatchSingaporeKhooLeeLimtookonWalesBurkhalterTaylorThomasorthetitle.ItwasanextremelytightortherstthreematchesbutSingaporeedgedintoa-9lead.Bythestartotheseventhlegtheyhadslowlyopenedthatleadupto3-4.TheWelshreserveEdwardscameonortheeighthlegbuthewasntabletoclosethegap.IntheeighthLeemanagedtoscorejustonemorethanhisWelshopponentmeaningthattheSingaporeanswentintothenallegwithaseven-hitadvantage.ThomasWALtookonLimSINintheanchorlegandoughtbravelymanagingtoclosethegaptovehits.IntheendthoughaproessionalperormanceromLimtooktheSingaporeanteamtoawell-deservedgold4-4.WomensSabreTeamThesecondteameventwasortheWomensSabretitleasninecountriesoughtorgold.Intherstsemi-nalScotlanddeeatedWales4-43andinthesecondSingaporeovercameEngland4-39.SoEnglandHendraPleasantRobinsonacedWalesDixonKempeTillotorthebronzemedal.Englandstartedthematchinneormgoing-upaterthreeghts.TheycarriedonpullingawayromtheWelshteamtakinga-8leadintothesixthleg.InwhatcanonlybedescribedasastunningperormanceDixonWALoutscoredheropponent-puttingtheWelshintotheleadat3-7.WhenDixonreturnedtothepisteorthepenultimatelegtrailingsheputinanothergreatstintorherteamhandingovera4-38leadtoheranchor.KempedidnotdisappointherWelshteammatesseeingthemtothebronzemedalwitha4-4victory.InthegoldmedalmatchScotlandDaykinSancrotWatsonacedSingaporeCheungLauLeeanditwastheScotswhoedgedtherstthirdothematchleading-3.SolidperormancesromallthreeScottishencerssawthatleadincreaseto3-aterthesixthboutgivingthemtheedgegoingintothenalthirdothematch.CheungSINstartedtheseventhleginneormscoringourhitsinarowbeoreDaykinSCOchangedhertactics.TheScottishencersmoremeasuredapproachmeantshemaintainedtheve-hitleadgoingintothepenultimateleg.GuarinotheScottishreservecameonandLauSINtookadvantagetolevelthescoresat37-37.Guarinojust4yearsoldshowedgreatresolvetorecoverhandingovera4-37leadtotheScottishanchor.WatsondidherjobintakingtheScotstoanimpressive4-4victory.4thNovember4DayMensSabreTeamTenteamstookpartinthiseventasEnglandwentontobeatWales4-8intherstsemi-nalandSingaporejustdeeatedScotland4-44inthesecond.Thebronzemedalght-ofbetweenScotlandClarkeRocksSancrotandWalesNickelJ.PotterN.PotterstartedveryevenlywithScotlandedgingintoa-4leadgoingintotheourthleg.AstrongperormanceromallthreeScotsputthem3-3upgoingintothecrucialnalthreelegs.DespiteanimpressivecomebackromthethreeWelshencersScotlandtookthebronzemedal4-43.SingaporeChanChoyLeutookonEnglandAiyenuroCrutchettRatneswarenorthegoldmedal.StrongperormancesromallthreeEnglishencersputthemintoacommanding-leadaterthreeghts.TheycontinuedtopullawayromtheSingaporeansuntilChancameonorthesixthlegandoutscoredAiyenuro9-.TheEnglishteamwerestillinastrongposition3-9goingintothenalstagesothematch.SingaporewereonlyabletoscorevemorehitsinthenalthreeghtsasEnglandtookgoldinimpressiveashion4-4.WomensFoilTeamJustseventeamstookpartintheWomensFoilteamevent.Intherstsemi-nalSingaporebeatCanada4-6andinthesecondScotlanddeeatedEngland4-33.SoCanadaCazorla-BakFinterSchryeracedEnglandChartCookSzokolovicsorthebronzemedalmatch.TherewasntmuchbetweentheteamsastheyheadedintotheourthlegwithEnglandleading9-8.ItwasadiferentstoryinthemiddlethirdothematchasallthreeEnglishencersputingreatstintstakingthemintoa8-leadgoingintotheseventhbout.ThedamagewasdoneortheCanadiansasEnglandtookaconvincing4-7victoryorthebronzemedal.ScotlandDicksonMcKenzieSiberttookonSingaporeBerthierWangWongorthegoldmedalandtheSingaporeansled-aterthreeghts.InasimilarpatterntothebronzemedalmatchthethreeSingaporeansallencedtheirsecondmatchessuperblytakingthemintoa3-7lead.TheScotsbroughtinHannayorSibertandthereservedidherbitclosingthegapbythree.DespitethisScotlandwentintothepenultimateleg-3behind.Wongre-establishedthemomentumorSingaporehandingovera4-6leadtoheranchorWang.McKenziecameonorScotlandslastboutandclearlyshewasntgoingdownwithoutaght.AnedisplayoattackinganddeensiveencingromtheScotwasntquiteenoughasWangcreptoverthewinningline4-3.thNovember4Day6MensFoilTeamTenteamsbattleditoutorthegoldmedalinthiseventwithEnglanddeeatingSingapore4-6intherstsemi-nalandScotlandbeatingAustralia4-43inthesecond.InthebronzemedalmatchAustraliaDaleyFosterWebberedgedtherstthreeghts-againstSingaporeTanWuZhang.AstrongerperormanceromtheSingaporeanssawthemclosethegaptojusttwohits8-3downaterthesixthbout.ThemomentumcontinuedtoshittowardsSingaporeasTanandZhangputthemintoa4-39leadgoingintothelastleg.FostercameonagainstWuanditwastheAustralianwhoheldhisnervetotakehisteamtothebronzemedalwitha4-4victory.InthegoldmedalmatchScotlandCookFitzgeraldWatsonacedEnglandBarwellPeggsRosowskyinathrillingencounter.Englandheldaslender-8leadaterthreebouts.ItwasadiferentstoryaterthethlegasBarwellwentona9-rampageagainstFitzgerald.Englandledbytenhitsandextendedittoelevenat8-7atertheseventhleg.BarwellcontinuedhisneormopeningtheEnglishleadurtherbutCookcameonorScotlandinthepenultimatelegtakingtheghtoverRosowsky7-6.ScotlandstilltrailedbyelevenhitsgoingintotheanchorlegbutFitzgeraldcameonwiththebeliethataturnaroundwaspossible.AspectacularperormancesawhimoutscorePeggs3-6butitwasnotenoughtostealthegoldmedalromEnglandwhoranout4-4winners.WomensTeamEpeeTwelveteamstookpartinthiseventasSingaporewentontobeatEnglandintherstsemi-nal4-43asSouthAricadeeatedAustralia4-38inthesecond.EnglandCohenLawrenceRadordedgedtherstthreebouts-3againstAustraliaDevereauxHorvathGuinthebronzemedalmatch.Itwasstillverytightatertwo-thirdsothematchbutEnglandhelda3-6lead.AllthreeEnglishencerssavedtheirbestorlasteachwinningtheirnallegs-totakeEnglandtoa4-9victoryandthebronzemedal.ThegoldmedalmatchbetweenSingaporeC.LimV.LimRahardjaandSouthAricaBarrettCarootKlonaridesstartedslowlywithSingaporeholdinga3-9leadatertherstthreeghts.StrongperormancesromeachotheSingaporeanencersinthethsixthandseventhlegsputthemintoa3-lead.TheSouthAricansoutscoredtheiropponents4-inthelasttwolegsbutitwasnotenoughtostoptheSingaporeteamclaimingthenalgoldmedalotheChampionshipswitha4-34victory.Beoremysemi-nalwithGeorginaIwaseelingcondent.Ihadjustwonanextremelycloseghtagainsttheno.seedJoHallsandsoknewIwasencingwell. 10THESWORDJANUARY2015UncommonHealthCommonwealthByRichardCohenThisyearsCommonwealthsinLargsweretherstchampionshipsorwhichIdidnotcontendoraplacesinceImadetheEnglishteamin97.Idontthinkmy4yearsoparticipationisarecord-GeorgeListonseemsasindestructibleaseverandaspartotheScottishepeegangthisyearnotonlycameacreditable6thouto6butalsohelpedhisteamtoabronzemedalwinningthenallegagainstDudleyTredegarthenewly-crownedCommonwealthchampioninareneticbouthitsto.IwishIhadbeentherenotleastbecausemydaughterMarywasintheEnglishepeeteam.MaybenexttimeaterallIllbeonly7anditheykeeponchangingthesabrerulesitmaynotbenecessarytomovethatmuch.Sowhatelsehaschangedsince97ObviouslyonegreatdiferenceisthatthosechampionshipsheldinEdinburghwerepartothemainCommonwealthGames.FouryearslaterwiththeGamesinNewZealandthehostcountrythrewoutencingandreplaceditwithshootingwhichitconsideredabettercrowd-puller.EdinburghwasenormousunbuttheEnglishteamjustninemenandthreewomensodominatedtheeventsthatwenotchedupsevenotheeightgoldsonoferplustwosilversandthreebronzes.ApartromtheourhomecountriesAustraliaCanadaandNewZealandtookpartoneotheiroilistsmakingthenalpoulealthoughamazinglyhehadonlyonearmbutIdontthinkanyoneelse.InOttawaouryearslatersometyencersandocialsromthehomecountriesattended.AndyEameswontheoilbeinghitonlyeighttimesinthesix-mannalNorthernIrelandwasnottowinanotherCommonwealthtitletillwithEloiseSmith.ItreallywasamakeweightchampionshipssomuchsothatCanadaashostswereallowedtoentertwoteamswinningsilverandbronzemedalsinthesabreauniquedouble.WelshmenwontheteamepeehasthatbeenequaledsinceIn978thechampionshipswereinScotlandagainatJordanhillCollegeGlasgowencersromeightcountries.ThenewentrywastheIsleoManwhichcontributedateamosixaconsiderableadvanceonitsone-manoilisto96.Duringthetotalomorethanboutsinoilandepeesomehundredwarningswereissued.EnglandagainwonsevenotheeightgoldsbuttheencerothechampionshipswasAustralianGregBenkowhowonsilvermedalsinepeeindividualandoilteambronzeinepeeteamandsabreindividualandaplaceintheindividualoilnal.Hewasinjuredbeorethesaberteamorhistallysurelynevertobesurpassedcouldhavebeengreater.FouryearsonthevenuewasBarnstapleinDevonwithadiferenteightteamsnoIsleoManthenewcomersbeingTrinidadandTobago.Englandagainwonsevengoldstheironeailurebeingintheteamsabrewheninthenalboutwiththescore4-4JeanPaulBanosoCanadatookthedecidinghittheonlytimethatanycountryhasdisruptedEnglandsmarchtosabreteamgoldsinceCanadawerevictorsbackin94.In986thechampionshipsmovedtoCardifthersttimetheyhadbeenheldinWales.Sostretchedweretheorganizersthatmanyothehelpershadneverseenencingbeoreandatonepointasixteen-year-oldnon-encerpresidedanepeeboutinvolvingatopCanadianChouinard.LuckilynothingateuloccurredChouinardendedupwithabronzealthoughhistorydoesntrelatewhethertheteenagerevertookupencingintheatermath.TencountriescompetedandorthersttimewomensepeewasincludedalthoughnomedalswereawardedandalsotherstinwhichEnglanddidnothogthelimelight.CanadaendedwithelevenmedalstoEnglandseightatlastthehegemonyotheentitledEnglishhadbeenbreached.ThelargestCommonwealthchampionshipsheldtodate6encersromourteencountriestookplaceinStockportin99.Canadawasagaintheleadingnationtakingsevenoutotengoldsaswellastwosilvertwobronzeandtwoourths.InthelasteightothesabreelectricorthersttimeIcameupagainstScotlandsRoryCowaninaboutthatTheSwordsaidlookedlikelytoturnnasty.Cowansrstattempttotesttheapparatusailedandasubsequentviciouscircularcuttochestresultedinhimreceivingawarning.ImustconessIdidnteelathing.TheCommonwealthsweregettingbigger.InMaryCohenWinsaBronzeMedalintheWomensIndividualEpeeatthe4CommonwealthChampionshipsLargs.photoGrahamMorrison JANUARY2015THESWORD11REPORTS994notonlydidStVincentMalaysiaandNewZealandallsendencersbutHongKongwonitsrstmedalstakingagoldasilverandabronze.Forthersttimesince97thechampionshipswererecognizedbytheCommonwealthGamesorganizationwhichprovidedmedalsandsentanobserver.Andthevenuewasextraordinary8metresupamountainwithaccessonlybychairlit.ThiswasWhistleraskiresortoutsideVancouverandaswedangledromourchairswecouldseeblackbearsrummagingthroughdustbinsbelow.Fencingconditionswerecrampedthebacklineoronesabrepistewasaredoorleadingtostepsandasnowyhillside.Thesemi-nalsandnalstookplaceattheootothemountaintelevisedonlocalcablethecommentatorsnametoourrejoicingbeingErrolFlynn.CanadaandEnglandcontinuedtheircloserivalrybutonceagaintheCanadianstriumphedbythenarrowestomargins.CouldEnglandghtbackItseemedtheycould.In998IwasoneoveencersromNorthernIrelandtotakeparttenmilesromKualaLumpurinMalaysiaandwewatchedastheEnglishencerscollectedsevengoldsthreesilverandninebronze.SecondwasAustraliathirdScotlandwhosenine-medaltallywastheirbestever.InthewomensoilanAustralianwasgivenablackcardorweaponandreereeabusebutitwaswithdrawnateranapologybeoretheendothedaytheFriendlyGameswerebackonlytheywerentasintheteamsabreWalesoreitedtheirmatchagainstNewZealandbyencinginthewrongordertheinractionmighthavebeenoverlookedbutNewZealandaskedorandgotadisqualication.IntheindividualsabreIcrashedoutinthelast3aterhavingmadethelasteighteachtimeovertheprevious8yearswhileinthelast6aDirectoireTechniquewascalledoverwhetheraencerhadbeentemporarilyunsightedbyalargebutterywingingitswayacrossthepiste.Intherst-everwomenssabreeventtheindividualgoldwaswonbyLouiseBongoBond-Williams.BongoWhoknewAustraliawasthenexthost.InmostcountriesCanadaexceptedagreatlossmadetheirwaytoNewcastlenorthoSydneyandorthersttimethesenioreventcombiningwithaveteranCommonwealths.DespitewinningonlyourgoldstoAustraliassixEnglandemergedwithatotalothirteenmedalstobecometopdogagainwithScotlandthird.Butanewtrendhadbegunoleadingencersnottakingpart.EnglandstopthreeoilistsorexampleBeeversKruseandMontaguewereallmissing.WasitjustamatteroexpenseorhadtheCommonwealthsbeendemotedIn6thechampionshipsmovedtoBelastanotherrstwithmountingnumbersandmorecountries.Canadareturnedtotop-nationstatusandproduceditsbestresulteverwinningeightgoldsthreesilverandtwobronze.NoothercountrywonmorethanonegoldandEnglandwasrelegatedtothirdplaceorthersttimeedgedoutbyScotland.FouryearslateritwasbacktoAustraliaMelbournethistimewhereIhadthehugepleasureobeingintheNorthernIrishteamwhileMaryencedorEngland.Ourperormancesonthepisteweremoreefectivethanouradventuresofit.BravingthewavesoBondiBeachwersthadtotourselvesoutwithrubberwetsuits.WhenMaryemergedromthechangingroomtheamusedassistantexplainedthatshehadhersuitoninsideout--andbacktoront.ThosewhoknowMarywillndithardtobelievethisstory.ButintheencinghallEnglandre-asserteditsdominancewithatallyo6medalsincludingsixgold.AharbingeroutureglorieswasthesilvermedalwonbySingaporeinthemensepee.AndwhataharbingerTheeventsatLargsarereportedonelsewhereinthisissuebutthemedaltablespeaksoritsel.SingaporeatthetopwithourgoldsJamaicainsixthplaceaboveAustraliaandCanadanowhereAcompetitiveteamromIndiaAnditwasntjustthechangingorderandthenewrangeonationsIwatchedonmycomputerandthestagingandthestreamingwerewonderul.ThetwomaincommentatorsNickRougvieandJonSaleldplayedofeachothernicelyandJonwasquitesimplythemostknowledgeableandtacticallyalertatthejobIhaveeverheard.SoaretheCommonwealthChampionshipsasecond-classcompetitionrobbedothebestencersOrademocratizedexpandingsportseventtheinternetbroadcastshavealreadyearned83likesthatencersseniorveteranorarmchaircanlookorwardtoeagerlyeveryouryearsItscertainlyadiferentworldrom97andIthinkabetterone.RichardCohenWinstheBronzeMedalintheMensIndividualSabreatthe97CommonwealthGamesEdinburgh. 12THESWORDJANUARY2015Eight-MedalHaulatVeteransWorldChampionshipsBritainwononegoldonesilverandsixbronzemedalsatthe4VeteransWorldChampionshipsinDebrecenHungary.BillOsbaldestonledthewaywithanimpeccabledisplayoepeeencinginthe7categoryedgingouttheFinnSaarinen6-inthesemi-nalsbeoreracingtoa6-leadinthenalagainsttheNo.seedAllkamperoGermany.AlthoughtheGermanoughtbackOsbaldestonwasalwaysincontrolandwonhisrstworldtitle-7.HeaddedabronzemedalinthesabrejustlosingtoPrechtlGER-9inthesemis.KristinPaynecamerom9thseedinthe7womensoiltobeatlastyearssilvermedallistGoriusGERinthequarter-nalsandthenmultiplemedallistGreunkeGERbeoregoingdowntotherarelybeatenDemailleFRAinthenal.BronzemedalswerecollectedbyJaneHutchison-9sabrePaulLowenandClareHalsted6-69oilandMalcolmCawtonBillOsbaldestonandVivienFrith7sabre.MensFoilAlthoughstartingromalowly6thseedinginCatA-9TonyBartlettprogressedsteadilytothequarter-nalstakingouttheseventhseedPentekHUN-4andthseedEitzGER-7beorelosing7-totheNo.seedCzakHUNandnishingagoodsixthouto6.Czakwasthenbeaten-8byBlaschkaAUTwhowentontowinaone-sidednalagainstJacobyGER-3.JohnTroianostartedasthseedbutlostnarrowly4-inaslow-scoringDEagainsttheBrazilianGuarneratonishst.TwoplacesurtherdownwasPaulWedgewhowentouttoBosioITA-7whileNickFihosywasedgedout-9byIssartierFRAtonish36th.PaulLowenstormedthroughhispouleinCatB6-69tobeseededsecondandreceiveabyetotheL6wherehesecuredanarrow6-victoryoverZakirovRUS.Paulisthemasterogrindingoutawinromasmallleadandhedemonstratedthistoperectioninthequarter-nalswhenheedgedaheadothetallAmericanThomiszer-andheldthatadvantagetotheend.ButinthesemishewasalwaysbehindagainstarapidlydehydratingYamazakiJPNgoingdown6-tonishinthebronzemedalposition.YamazakihadtobetakentohospitalortreatmentbeorethenalwhenhestaggeredtohiseetbutwasinnopositiontocompeteagainsttheathleticItalianGalvanwhowonhisthworldtitleefortlessly-.DavidExeternished4thandSteveFox6thaterbothwontheirrstDEmatchesandthenlostintheL6ExetertotheNo.seedPapHUN9-6andFoxtotheeighthseedAccorsiITA-8.RichardBonehillstandinginorJonathanStanburywasdelightednottocomelastandalmostwonaght.Amongthe3-strongCatC7MalcolmFareChrisGreenandPeterBaroneachwontheirrstDEmatchesbeorelosingtomedallistsintheL6Faretorunner-upPrechtl9-GreentotheworldchampionAtandilovRUS-andBarontobronzemedallistAndriadzeGEO7-tonishth3thand6threspectively.AlanAultwaseliminatedaterthepoulesandnished3th.AtandilovputonanothermasterlydemonstrationooilinthenalcrushingPrechtl8-towinhissixthconsecutivetitle.WomensFoilCaronHalewonveoutosixghtsinherpouletoemergeas7thseedinCatAandprogressedsmoothlytothequarter-nalswhereshelost4-totheNo.seedBonney-MillettAUSnishingsixthouto3.GillianWormanalsoelltotheAustralianbutintheL6tonish4th.JennyMorrisandKatiArcherwentoutintherstDEandendedupndandthrespectively.ChernovaRUScollectedherthirdsuccessivetitlebybeatingBonney-Millett-6.ClareHalstedourthseedatertheCatBpoulesoughtbackrom-downinherquarter-nalagainstthetallandawkwardDelacourFRAtocollectthenextsixhitsandwin-6.InthesemisshemetanewcomertothegroupStarks-FaulknerUSAwhoseemedtohavethebuildandspeedoateenager.TheAmericanwassimplytooastconsigningHalstedtothebronzemedalpositionandgoingontodeeatWesselGER9-inthenal.JaneClaytonwonallbutoneoherpouleghtstoemergeasthseedwithabyetotheL6buttheresheelltoDelacour-8tonishth.MoyaMcNamaraandSueUflosttheirrstDEghtsandnished9thandthrespectively.DianeAustinat8theoldestencerinthechampionshipswontwoandlosttwooherCatCpouleghtstobeseededeighthouto.UnortunatelyshewasthendrawnagainstellowBritKristinPaynewhohadmanagedonlyonevictoryinthepoulesbutoundhertiminganddistanceintheDEbeatingAustinNo.seedGorius8-6andthenGreunke-8inthesemi-nalstosetupadoomednalencounteragainsttheincomparableDemaille.MensEpeeInthe83-strongCatAthetoughesttournamentothechampionshipsAntonPollardwastheonlymemberotheBritishsquadtowinaDEghtbeatingormerGBRencerMarkRancenowoNewZealand-8intheL64beoreallingtoCarnecFRA3-.TheL64sawdeeatsortheotherthreeBritsNealMallettbyCarnec-9HughKernohanFromlettoright-PaulLowenphotoDavidWorsoldClareHalstedKristinPayneMalcolmCawtonJaneHutchisonVivianFrithphotosGillianAghajanBillOsbaldestonphotoJessOsbaldestonByMalcolmFare JANUARY2015THESWORD13REPORTSbyHustigGER-andWilliamMillerbySemykozUKR-.InthenalSokolovcollectedhisthirdworldtitlebybeatingCartillierAUS-.HighestrankedotheBritishcontingentatertheCatBpoulesRobBrookswasseededthbutwasunluckytomeet3rdseedRalphJohnsonintheL3.Johnsonwon-beorelosingtotheeventualsilvermedallistMarinoITA8-andnishingthouto3.MaxTelerandJonathanStanburywereeliminatedaterthepouleswithonevictoryeach.InthenalormerseniorworldchampionVolkerFischeroGermanyshowedthatheisstillmasterotheperectlytimedsimpleecheattackpickingoftheasterMarino-towinhisthworldveteranepeetitle.Inthe44-strongCatCMalcolmFarehadagoodrstroundtobeseededsixthbutlost7-intheDEtoSaarinenFINwhoalsoaccountedorRobPhelps-8inthenextround.MeanwhileChrisGreenelltotheNo.seedAllkamperGERbutBillOsbaldestonedgedoutAdamsUSA-4eliminatedtheNo.seedandlastyearschampionCassagoITA-8andthenbeatBlinFRA-7inthequarter-nalsbeorenailingthedicultSaarinen6-inthesemis.InthenalhewasalwaysaheadagainstAllkamperwinninghisrstworldchampionshipinstyle-7.WomensEpeeAllthreeBritishcontendersinCatAlostintherstroundoDECaronHalenishing3rdouto39FionaTurnbull4thandMarietteMason3th.ThenalsawOsvathAUSandHohlbeinGERequalon4-allatthebreakbutthentheGermangraduallypulledawaytowin-7.InCatBSilviaEarlstartedbadlywithjustonevictoryinthepoulesbutstormedbackintheDEtoknockouttheninthseedTelloBRA-andthenteammateCarylOliver-9toreachthequarter-nalsbuthereshewasneverinwithachanceagainstthereigningchampionKocabUSAandnishedineighthplace.OliverwasthFionaHaldanewentdowntoMayorovaRUS4-tocome8thandJaneClaytonwholosttoormerchampionGardiniITA7-was3rd.KocabretainedherworldtitlewithoutmuchdicultydeeatingSomorojaFIN-inthenal.CatCsawDemailleputonanotherimmaculatedisplayoencingtowinherthconsecutiveepeetitlebyoverwhelmingGreunke-3.CarolSeheultdidbestotheBritswinningherrstDEghtbeoremeetingDemaille.SylviaBrownwentouttoGoriusandDianeAustinwasnarrowlyeliminatedaterthepoules.MensSabreInCatABarryCoulteredgedoutKrasnichCAN-9inhisrstDEghtbutcrashedouttoVolkovRUS-intheL6nishingarespectable3thouto43.KeithRogersonandPeterHoweslosttheirmatchestonishndandthrespectivelyandStevenRenniewaseliminatedwithonevictoryinthepoules.CarlucciITAdismissedGasztonyiHUNwithease-3towinthetitle.RichardCohenbreezedthroughthepouleroundtobecomeNo.seedin34-strongCatBwonhisL6ghtwitheasebutthenstumbledagainstPeleFRAjustmissingthemedalstagesbyonehittonishth.CarlMorrisandChrisPrevettwentoutintheL6MorristotheeventualsilvermedallistYungUSAandPrevetttothegoldmedallistParisiITAnishingthandthrespectively.TonyBardelllosttoFilippiITAandendedup8th.InthenalParisihadjustenoughmomentumtokeepaheadoYungandwin-8.BillOsbaldestonandMalcolmCawtonpickedupthebronzemedalsinCatC.OsbaldestonedgedoutSudranAUS-9inthequarter-nalsbeorebeingeliminatedbythesamescoreinthesemisbyPrechtlGERwhileCawtonhadaneasiertimeagainstteammatePeterBaronwinning-4beoregoingdowntoSchubertUKR7-.Baronnishedseventh.FourthmanChrisGreenlosthisDEghttoendup3rd.SchubertannihilatedPrechtl-inthenal.WomensSabreJaneHutchisonstormedthroughthepouleroundotheCatAtobeseededsecondwithabyetotheL6andreachedthesemi-nalswithoutdicultybeoremeetinganin-ormBandieriITAandgoingdown7-tonishwithabronzemedalinthis9-strongevent.GraceCoulterMicheleNareyandJennyMorrisallwontheirrstDEghtsbeorelosingintheL6tonishththand6threspectively.BandieriwasinaclassoherownagainstMazorolUSAwinning-4.Fourthseedouto3atertheCatBpoulesVivienFrithhadabyetotheL6whereshebeatJansenGER-8toreachthequarter-nalsandthenoverwhelmedChikubuJPN-beorebowingouttothereigningworldchampionJaneEyreUSAtonishwithabronzemedal.LynneBornemiszaYvonneWallsandSueBenneyallreachedtheL6butthenlosttonishththand4threspectively.ThenalbroughttogethertwoAmericansEyreandtheyouthuloilgoldmedallistStarks-Faulkner.Eyrealwayshadtheupperhandretaininghertitle-6.OuronlyrepresentativeinCatCSylviaBrownwaseliminatedaterthepoules.ThequestioninthisgroupwaswouldDemaillemakeanothercleansweepothe7goldmedalsorwouldOLearyUSAbeatenintosecondplacelastyeargainherrevengeIntheeventtheAmericanwasalwaysincontrolinthenalwinning-toregainthetitlesherstwonin.OsbaldestonscoresthewinninghitPhotoJessOsbaldeston 14THESWORDJANUARY2015REPORTSTheRomeOlympics96CongratulationsonbeingselectedfortheIrishOlympicFencingTeamtheletterbegan.Pleaseacknowledgeyouracceptancebyreturnenclosingachequefor20or20ifyouwouldliketostaythreeweeksinsteadoftwo.Yourblazerandhatwillcostafurther.TheIrishAmateurFencingAssociationwasnotawashwithunds.Isoldmy937Rileyor38andmyparentswhowerenotwell-ofgenerouslystumpeduptherestandboughttheirrsttelevisionsetsotheycouldwatchtheirboymarchroundtheOlympicStadium.AtleasttheightwasprovidedbyAerLingus.TheIrishepeeistshadqualiedbecausewehadbeatenEnglandIrelandandScotlandintheQuadrangularTournamentheldthatyearinDublin.WewerentasgoodasthatsoundsEnglandhadenteredaBteambutinthatcompetitionweallencedwellaboveourusuallevel.AndIhadauniquedayinmyotherwisemodestencingcareerwinningnineoutonineboutsmyepeeseemingtobeourincheslongerthanmyopponents.IwasagooddeallesssuccessulwhenwegottoRome.TheIAFFaswellasbeingperpetuallypennilesswasotencontroversial.IntheHelsinkiGamestheyenteredateamoourencersagainstthewishesotheIrishOlympicCouncilwhoreusedtoletthemparticipateintheopeningceremony.TheyonlyoundaccommodationintheOlympicVillagethankstotheinterventionoCharlesdeBeaumontcaptainotheBritishsquad.In96wewerelegitimateanddulymarchedroundthemagnicentOlympicStadiumwiththerestotheIrishathletes.OurstarwasRonnieDelaneyabrilliantmodestour-minutemilerwhohadwongoldinthemetresinMelbourneouryearsbeore.In96hecompetedonlyinthe8metresbutwaseliminatedinthequarter-nal.RomeandTokyoouryearslaterwasthelastotheinnocentgames.Securitywasminimal.IntheOlympicVillagetherewerearound3athletesbuttheorganisersoundtheywereserving4ateverysitting.Theydidntseemtomind.TwoOxordriendsominewhohaddrivenouttoRomespentahappydayinsidethevillageonecarryingmyencingbagtheotherwearingmyblazer.Ihadtheocialpass.AllthatchangedatertheterriblemassacreoelevenIsraeliathletesbyterroristsattheMunichgamesin97.Theothergreatdiferencewastheopeningandclosingceremonies.NovastlyexpensiveandirrelevantcabaretwithpopstarsparachutingQueensdancersandreworks.Wejustwalkedroundapackedstadiumandthatseemedgoodenoughatthetime.NowthecostotheextravaganzaswouldundveyearsoathleticsinmostThirdWorldnations.TheencingtookplaceinRomesEURsuburbinthePalazzodeiCongressiasplendidbuildingwithpistesandseatingor3spectators.RomeinAugustwas8degreesintheshadeandthePalazzowhilecoolwasnotair-conditioned.Manyencerswereafectedbycramp.TheIrishteamwerenotinvolvedlongenoughorthistobeaproblem.Wewerealleliminatedaswere6percentotheencersthereintherstround.Wealsowentoutintherstroundotheteamevent.OurbestperormerGeorgeCarpenterwasalsotheoldestmemberotheteamaspritelyyearoldromCountyCork.MyonlyconsolationwasdeeatingmuchtohisandmysurprisetheSwissnationalchampion.AndbeatingChristiandOriolaintheteamevent.DOriolawasadazzlingourtimesworldchampionandtwiceOlympicgoldmedallist-butatoilnotepee.HewasaccompaniedbyhisownchantingentourageDOriola-la-la-la-laandwasinAllanJayswordsthebestIeveraced...onhisownthatboy...couldhavebeenalmstarverygood-looking.EarlyeliminationmeantIhadplentyotimetowatchtherestotheencing.TheBritishepeeistsdidexceptionallywellwinningsilverintheteamandindividualevents.IknewthemallwellandwasagreatadmirerotheirtwostarsAllanJayandBillHoskynsstillthemostsuccessulBritishencersothepost-warera.Theywerebothlet-handersbothormercaptainsoOxordintenselycompetitiveonthepisteandverygoodriendsofit.Allanwassoliddeterminedandabletoencewithhisootalmostonthebacklinewithoutlosinghiscomposure.InRomeIneversawhiminhisopponentshalothepiste.IntheindividualeventhecameagonisinglyclosetoGoldlosing-4toDelnoinaboutthatwouldhavegivenhimGoldandthentoDelnoagain-inabarrageorthetitle.Thenaltookveandahalenthrallinghourstocomplete.DelnosboutagainstAchtentookminutesiAchtenoBelgiumhadwonAllanwouldhavetakentheGold.ThatboutendedinCharlesdeBeaumontswordswithadevastatingstop-hitromDelnothatickedoutlikeaviperstongue.StillitwasabrilliantresultorAllanJayagreatcompetitorwhosaidIdidntsleepproperlyorthreeandahalyearswhenhewasquiteimproperlynotselectedortheMunichOlympics.HiscloseriendBillHoskynswasacompletecontrast.AnOldEtonianBillwasanelegantandapparentlylanguidencerteasedbyAllanasLordFauntleroy.AnAmericandescribedhisstyleassuavesosuaveitspainulatthe98WorldChampionshipswherehewontheepeeGoldmedalhebroughtalonghisowncampbedanddozedofbetweenbouts.Orsolegendhasit.InRomealthoughhecameseventhintheoileventhewentoutinthequarternalsotheepee.Ofthepistehewasthemostmodestandcharmingomen.Rome96overyearsagostillremainsthepinnacleoBritishencingachievement.ItwasanentirelyamateurworldthenanditseemsclearthatBritishencinghasnotadaptedtotheorganisationalandundingdemandsothemodernproessionalera.WhatelsedoIrememberTheyoungCassiusClaywinningGoldinthenalothelight-heavyweighteventsurroundedbyhiswhiteentourageoGoodOlBoysromKentuckywhomhewastoshakeofwhenhebecameMuhammadAli.LivioBerrutiwinningthemetresnalwearingdarkglasses.AbebeBikilarunningbareootupatorch-litAppianwayintheRomaneveningtotakethemarathonGold.AndanaudienceobligatoryoranIrishteamalthoughmyProtestantorebearswouldnothaveapprovedwiththePope.Greatdaysgreatdays.SirChristopherBlandcaptainedtheOxordUniversityencingteamin1961.HeisaormerchairmanotheBBCBTandtheRoyalShakespeareCompany.HisfrstnovelAshesintheWindwaspublishedbyHeadoZeusinautumn2014.BillHoskyns963AllanJay99bySirChristopherBland JANUARY2015THESWORD15DEVELOPMENTFENCINGATDURHAMUNIVERSITYInrecentyearsDurhamUniversityhasmadehugestridesorwardinitsprovisionanddeliveryohighperormancesportunderlinedbythetremendousaccoladeobeingawardedTheTimesandSundayTimesSportsUniversityotheYear20.Howeverthisprogresshasnotcomealongeasilyithasbeenhardoughtandisatestamenttoallthesportsstawhohaveoverseenitsdevelopment.WhenIfrstarrivedinDurhamintheautumno996encingprovisioncouldonlyhavebeendescribedasbeinglightyearsawayromwherewearetoday.InitiallymycoachingjobwassplitbetweenthelocalencingclubandDurhamUniversityFencingClub.AtthattimetheUniversitysportcentreMaidenCastlehadnodedicatedencingspaceandouractivitieswereconstrainedtoanarrowstripattheendomainhall.ClearlyaarromidealsituationbutatleastwewereabletomakeastartwiththreeorourpisteswhichwereunderstandablyveryclosetoeachotherWesubsequentlyacquiredaewspoolsandelectricboxeswithgroundleadsontheoorwhichcouldbesaidtoworkintermittentlyatbestbutthisprovideduswithaplatormuponwhichtobuild.Thenallwehadtoovercomewastheplethoraootherproblemscausedbyusingaacilitywhichwassharedwiththecricketarcheryandtrampolineclubsandonlyseparatedromthemainsportshallbyasimplenetcurtain.OutsideothatcurtainwehadtocontendwiththedeaeningnoiseoootballbasketballnetballandbadmintontrainingorevenworsematchesOntheseoccasionsIwasunabletoshoutoverthecheeringcrowdoutsideandtheencerswereunabletohearmyinstructions.Noisewasnottheonlyenvironmentalchallenge.Anotheractorwasthetemperaturewhichmadeourencinglieevenmoredicult.Inthosedaysthemainhallhadnoheatingandinwinteritwasnotunusualorthetemperaturetoalltojustabovereezing-alegacyo96sdesigntheuseosingleglazedwindowsandatinrooConverselyandsomewhatpredictablywestillhadtemperatureissuesinthelatespringandsummerbecauseothegreenhouseefectwhichthenpushedthetemperatureintheotherdirectionFinallyinatrilogyoenvironmentalhazardswecouldnotescapetheoodingoMay.InthemiddleotheexamsperiodtheriverWearwhichrunsthroughtheMaidencastlesportscomplexburstitsbanksandthewholecomplexwastransormedintoahugeduckpondorweeksbeorethewatersnallyreceded.Thewaterlevelinthemainhallwasabout-inchesdeep.ExamtablesandchairswereletstrandedexaminationanswerbookletsoatedaroundthehallandocoursealloourencingequipmentwasruinedbecauseithadbeenstoredatoorlevelThenhoweverinNovemberourworldnallytookaturnorthebetterwhenastate-o-the-art6.mextensionwasopenedatMaidenCastleandencingwasortunateenoughtotakepossessionoabrandnewworld-classstandardencingacility.ThehallistherstpurposebuiltencingsalleintheUKuniversitysectorandisusedonlyorencingItisttedwitheightpermanentelectricpistesourothemearthedmetalpisteswithFIEstandardelectricboxeswhichareusuallyusedinWorldChampionshipcompetitions.FencingnowtakesplacerommorningtolateeveningsevendaysaweekweeksayearTheUniversityencingclubhasthreemensandtwowomensteams.TypicallytheUniversitysquadshavethreesessionsaweekMondayFridayandSaturdaytheycanalsojoininLaszlosFencingClubonTuesdayandThursdaywhichmeansthatauniversityencercanitheywishencevedaysaweekandindividuallessonarealsoavailable.LastyearDurhamUniversitywastheno.rankedencingsquadintheBUCSleagueapositionwhichreectsnotonlyourstrengthindepthbutalsotheachievementsoindividualssuchasPatrickKjellevoldwhowastheBUCSindividualMensEpeechampion.AcrossthesquadsthemensrstteamnarrowlymissedoutaslotintheBUCSnalbutthemenssecondteambecametwo-timeLeaguechampionsinrow.Wearenowlookingorwardtothisseasonwherewehaveanotherantasticsquadoencerstogetheragain.FormoreinormationaboutSportatDurhamUniversitypleasevisitourwebsitehttpswww.teamdurham.comuniversitysport.AlternativelyorinormationaboutoureliteathletesupportprogrammeincludingspecialiststrengthandconditioningprogrammesphysiotherapysupportandScholarshipopportunitiespleasecontactourathleterecruitmentmanagerAlbertPottsemaila.d.pottsdurham.ac.ukTomakeanysportsprogrammetrulysuccessulitsessentialthatthepeopleinvolvedindevelopingitknowtheiraudiencei.e.whatengagesthemandwhatmotivatesthemtocomebackweekaterweek.AllthoseatDurhamcertainlyseemtohavegotthisoftoateeGabbyWilliamsG.W.Sharingaacilityisachallengeoranyclubnomatterhowbigorsmall.Butasweallknowtosecureanysignicantpotsoundingtodaymanyunderslookoramulti-sportandmulti-agencyapproach.BythisImeanwherediferentsportsanddiferentclubsorotherencingprovidersworkinpartnershiptooferarangeoactivitiesonasinglesite.G.W.FencingintheNewExtensionbyPro.LaszloJakabBAF-HeadFencingCoachItsgreattohaveDurhamleadingthewayoncompetitiveencingbutdidyouknowBritishFencingarecurrentlytestingsomenewencingprojectswiththeUniversityotheArtsLondonandSunderlandUniversitytoattractstudentsstudyingtechnologyaswellasmorecreativecoursesOuraimistorespondtotheneedsostudentsthatareperhapslookingoramoresocialandrecreationalexperienceoencingthatisntnecessarilydrivenbythedesiretocompeteregionallyornationally.G.W. 16THESWORDJANUARY2015Followingitsrecentrelocationtoanewull-timeencingvenueontheTruroSchoolsiteTruroFencingClubandtheschoolhaveenteredintoapartnershiptoormtheTruroFencingEliteAcademy.Thepartnershipwilloferacomprehensivetrainingprogrammeorencersaged-8withathletesontheprogrammeaccessingproessionalleveltrainingattheeight-pistesallewhichalsoboastsasmallgymocechangingacilitiesandstorage.TheEliteAcademytapsintotheexistingTruroFencingClubPerormanceProgrammeaswellasoferingadditionalsupportthroughschoolstafandacilities.Atypicalweeklyprogrammewillconsistomorethanthreehoursovariedtrainingperday.Eachencerwillreceivesparringootworklessonstacticalsupporttnessprovisionandapersonaltrainingandcompetitionplanalongsideathleteandacademicmentoring.Othersessionswithspecialistsupportstafintheeldsostrengthandconditioningphysiotherapysportsmassageandperormancenutritioncomplementtheencingtraining.WillDearyTruroSchoolLowerSixthstudentandmemberoBritishFencingsWorldClassProgrammesaidTheEliteAcademywillopenupmoreopportunitiesormetotrainharderandmoreefectivelyandreachmyultimategoalcombiningsparringwithinternationallevelathletesinexcellentacilitiesandsupportedbytop-classcoachesandstaf.JonSaleldHeadCoachatTruroFencingClubsaidWeareveryexcitedtobeablenallytobringallouroperationsintooneproessionalencingcentre.Italsogivesusarealhomeatermanyyearsomovingbackandorthbetweenvenues.Thismilestoneinthe4-yearhistoryoTruroFencingClubisanothersteptowardsourambitionowinningOlympicandWorldChampionshipmedalsaswemoveintothekeyphaseotheRioOlympiccycle.InadditionournewpartnershipwithTruroSchoolintheEliteAcademywillbringenormousbenetsandgivestheschoolsencersthebestpossibletrainingenvironmentaswellasbringingbenetstothewholeencingcommunity.TosupportthenewpartnershipTruroSchoolisoferingencingscholarshipsromSeptemberonwardstoathleteswhowouldliketotrainontheTruroprogramme.Alimitednumberoscholarshipswillbeavailabletoencerswithhighpotentialandexceptionalcommitment.Moreinormationatwww.truroschool.com.DEVELOPMENTatTrurosNewVenueELITEFENCINGACADEMYWillDearyLandKempMeylanRThepartnershipbetweenTruroFencingClubandTruroSchoolissecondtonone.Whilstbeinginspirationalandcommittedtoprovidingthebestpossibletrainingenvironmentorcommittedandseriousencersthereisalwaysthoughtorthosenewtothesportbyprovidinganintroductiontoencingoradultbeginnersandyoungchildrenalike.Itsimportantorthedevelopmentandgrowthooursporttohaveabalanceoclubsandotherdeliveryagenciestoprovidediferentencingexperiences-experiencesthatrespondtotheneedsoourencingcommunity.Bygettingthismixrightitmeansoursportcangrowandbecomeaworldleadingencingcommunity.G.W. JANUARY2015THESWORD17Namesromlettoright-MatthewLovettJamesHoneyboneJonSalfeldWillDearyAndrewGordon-Brown.SAFEGUARDINGDEVELOPMENTinBritishFencingWithovertwomillionsportssectorworkersandvolunteersintheUKcomingintocontactwithovermillionchildreneveryweekitisvitalthatpeopleworkingintheindustrygetsaeguardingandchildprotectionright.ThatiswhyweattheNSPCCsChildProtectioninSportUnitCPSUworkwithsportsorganisationstohelpensurethatchildrenwhoplaysportstaysaeandenjoyit.BritishFencingisonesportwhichiscontinuingtogetmoreandmorepopularwithbothadultsandchildrenbuthowcanweensurethatvitalproceduresareinplacetokeepupwithdemandAsoneotheCPSUsNationalDevelopmentOcersIworkwithBritishFencingandanumberootherNationalGoverningBodiesNGBstosupporttheirworkinhelpingtosaeguardingchildren.WeallwanttoprovideaunandsaeenvironmentoryoungencersandweattheCPSUhelptodothisbyprovidingadviceresourcesandacetoacetrainingtosupportBritishFencing.TheCPSUisundedbySportEnglandSportNorthernIrelandandSportWales.PartoourroleonbehaloSportEnglandistoensurethatorganisationswhichworkwithchildrenmeetgovernmentsaeguardingstandards.EncouraginglyBritishFencinghasalreadyachievedtheintermediatelevelothesestandardsandisworkingtogethertowardsachievingtheadvancedlevelin.Weknowthatadultsworkinginsportcanendupbeingareallielineorchildrenwhichiswhyitisessentialthatallsportsorganisationshavesaeguardsinplaceandthatthesearemaintainedandembeddedthroughoutthesport.YouascoachesandvolunteersworkinginBritishFencingareinauniquepositionbecauseyouseethewaychildreninteractwithadultsandtheclosebondsyouormwiththemmeanstheyarelikelytoturntoyouitheyarebeingabusedorneglected.ThisiswhyweareworkingtoincreaseawarenessotheroleeveryonecanplayincommunicatingwithyoungencersandwhywewanttoensureeveryoneworkinginBritishFencinghastheappropriatesupportandtrainingtoenablethemtospotabuseandreportit.FormoreinormationabouttheCPSUyoucansubscribetoournewsletterviathewebsitewww.thecpsu.org.ukwhereyoucanalsofndinormationandresourcestosupportsaeguardingchildreninsport.YoucanalsoollowusonTwitterattheCPSU.IyouhaveanyconcernsaboutachildyoucanfndtheBritishFencingchildprotectionproceduresontheBritishFencingwebsite-www.britishencing.comgovernancewelareandallconcernsaboutthewelareoachildoryoungpersonshouldbereportedtotheEqualityandSaeguardingManagerLizBehnke-Telephonenumber77774.YoucanalsocalltheNSPCChelplineon888whichisareeandconfdentialserviceopen4hoursaday7daysaweek.JudeToaslandNationalDevelopmentOcerattheNSPCCsChildProtectioninSportUnit 18THESWORDJANUARY2015Lateralityreerstothepreerencemosthumansdemonstrateoronesideotheirbodyovertheothere.g.handedness.ThispreerentialuseandsuperiorunctioningisintimatelyassociatedwiththedevelopmentospecialisedunctioninthehemispheresothebrainoronthesideothebodyeachbrainhemispherecontrolsLaterality4.Theexactoriginanddevelopmentomanualpreerencesisstilldebatablewithsometheoristsproposingthatlateralityisinheritedothersarguingthatitisdevelopedduringpregnancyduetoeitherintrauterineorcesorextrauterineenvironmentalactorsandnallythosewhoproposethatlateralityisnotbiologicallydeterminedbutsomethingthatcanbetrained.Lateralityplaysacentralroleinoppositionsportssuchasencinginwhichlet-handedathletesaretypicallyperceivedtohaveatacticaladvantageovertheirright-handedopponents.Interestinglywhereastheestimatedpercentageolet-handersinthegeneralpopulationisabout-3inoppositionsportsparticularlyatelitelevelestimatesrangerom3-Putermanetal..Oneotheproposedmechanismsorthisoverrepresentationandtacticaladvantageolet-handersisaneurophysiologicalone.Accordingtotheinnatesuperiorityhypothesislet-handersaresuperiortotheirright-handedopponentsbecauseothespecialisationotherighthemisphereothebraininputcentreinthiscaseHoltzenwhichisresponsibleormentalimageryandvisuospatialunctionsthatenableustoestimatedistanceanddepth.Consideringthatactionoutputislargelycontrolledbytheoppositesideothebrainonecanarguethatlet-handershaveananatomicaladvantagebecausetheirmaininputandoutputcentresareonthesameside.Thedominanceoonesideothebodyovertheotheri.e.lateralityisanongoingprocessthattakesplaceduringmotordevelopmentSterkowiczetal..Althoughthebodyhasmechanismsinplacethatensureabalancedandsymmetricaldevelopmentomotorabilitiesextensivepractiseoanoppositionsportsuchasencingromanearlyageleadstoanasymmetricaldevelopmentothebody.Despitesometacticaladvantageslateralitycanleadtotheoccurrenceoposturalasymmetriese.g.scoliosisandtheoccurrenceomusculoskeletalproblemssuchasbackandneckpainandhipandkneeproblems.SinceposturalasymmetrymayberesponsibleortheoccurrenceomusculoskeletalproblemsweexploredthelinksbetweenlateralityencingpractiseposturalasymmetryandpaininagroupocompetitiveincludingmembersothenationalteamandrecreationalencersinFrance.Individualswhoeltwell-adaptedtotheirposturalasymmetrywerelargelypain-ree.Incontrastthosewhohadgreaterposturalasymmetriesandimbalanceshadahigherrateopainrelatedsymptoms.Hereweproposeanumberostrategieswhichwehavebeenusinginconjunctionwithosteopathictreatmentaormomanualtherapyandthatwebelievecancontributetoaharmoniousdevelopmentolateralityandthereoremaximiseperormanceandpreventmusculoskeletalproblemsinencers.Ourproposedstrategiesaregroupedintheollowingcategoriesmentalimagerynon-dominantsidepractiseeyerelatedmusculatureexercisesandlowerlimbproprioceptiveexercises.MENTALIMAGERYMentalimageryisanimportantcomponentoourdailythinkingactivitiesanditisthereorelikelytoplayanimportantroleinencingparticularlyiitincludestheenvironmentanactiontakesplaceandthelevelotheactualskills.Sincementalimageryandperceptionsharemanyunctionalandbiologicalprocessesitspractiseislikelytorecruitthesameneuralpathwaysinvolvedinactualencing.Fromalateralityperspectiveitsusecanbeanefectivestrategytopromoteasymmetricaldevelopmentomotorandspatialabilitiesparticularlyipractisedonbothdominantandnon-dominantsides.ThisviewissupportedbyresearchinorexampletheeldojudoSterkowiczetal.NON-DOMINANTSIDEPRACTICERecentresearchinvestigatingtheinuenceoinitialpracticewiththedominantvs.non-dominanthandontheacquisitiononewthrowingskillssuggestthatcomplexmotorskillswhichplacehighdemandsontheprocessingovisuospatialinormationarebetterlearnedaterinitialpracticewiththenon-dominanthandStckelWeigelt.Oparticularrelevancetoencingisthendingthatpractisingwiththenon-dominanthandimprovesperormanceonthedominantside.Althoughwearenotproposingthattheacquisitiononewencingskillsshouldstartwiththenon-dominanthandregularcompensationtrainingusingthenon-dominantsideislikelytobenetperormanceonthedominantsidepromoteaharmoniousdevelopmentolateralityandminimiseposturalasymmetries.VISUALACCOMODATIONEXERCISEResearchdemonstratesthatvisioncaninuenceposturee.g.Baldinietal.3.Visionisalsoakeysensorysysteminencing.Thisexerciseisdesignedtoexercisetheeyemusclesinvolvedinvisualaccommodationwhichistheprocessbywhichtheeyeadjuststomaintainaclearocusatchangingdistances.LATERALITYANDPOSTURALASYMMETRIESINFENCINGJorgeEstevesJean-JacquesVignauxEytanBeckmanandJean-FranoisHennebicqHoldapencilatverticalpositionateyelevel... JANUARY2015THESWORD19MEDICALANDSCIENCEHoldapencilinverticalpositionateyelevelandstraightoutatarmslength.Withyoureyesocusedonthetipothepencilbreatheoutandslowlybringthepenciltowardsyournosewhilecontinuingtoocusonthepenciltip.Thenbreatheinandslowlyreturnthepenciltoitsoriginalpositionatarmslength.Repeatthisactiontimes.LOWERLIMBPROPRIOCEPTIVEEXERCISEProprioceptionistheabilityoyourbraintosensethepositionoajointorhowyourbodyispositioned.EvidenceromrecentresearchdemonstratesthatproprioceptivetrainingprogrammesareefectiveinimprovingdynamicbalanceinootballersandinreducingtherateoanklesprainsinathletesRoberts.Theollowingexercisecanbepractisedregularlyanditcouldbepartoyourwarmuproutine.Standononeootonaatsuracewithrelaxeduprightpostureandwithyouroppositelegbentatthekneekeepyoureyesopenandmaintainthispositionor3secondsbeorechangingsides.Nextrepeattheexerciseor3secondswithyoureyesclosed.Tomaketheexerciseharderstandononeootonasotsuracesuchasapillowor3secondswithyoureyesclosed.Makesureyouhavesomethingavailabletograbiyouloseyourbalance.INCONCLUSIONUsingavailableresearchliteratureromtheeldsolateralityinsportneuroscienceandmanualtherapywediscussedtheconceptolateralityandposturalasymmetryinencingandproposedanumberostrategieswhichwebelievecancomplementtraininginencing.Tothisendourproposedideasandexercisesshouldormpartoaprogrammeoworkwhichshouldincluderelaxationexercisesstrengthandconditioningexibilityandposturalandproprioceptiveexercises.REFERENCESBaldiniA.NotaA.CravinoG.CioC.RinaldiA.CozzaP.3.Inuenceovisionanddentalocclusiononbodypostureinpilots.Aviationspaceandenvironmentalmedicine84883-87.HoltzenD.W..Handednessandproessionaltennis.InternationalJournaloNeuroscience-4-9.Laterality4.EncyclopdiaBritannicaOnline.Retrieved7October4romhttpwww.britannica.comEBcheckedtopic3334laterality.PutermanJ.BakerJ.SchorerJ..LateralitydiferencesineliteicehockeyAninvestigationoshootingandcatchingorientations.Journalosportssciences848-93.RobertsD..TheInuenceoProprioceptiveExercisesonLowerLimbBalanceoFootballPlayers.SterkowiczS.LechG.BlecharzJ..Efectsolateralityonthetechnicaltacticalbehaviorinviewotheresultsojudoghts.ArchivesoBudo6473-77.StckelT.WeigeltM..BrainlateralisationandmotorlearningSelectiveefectsodominantandnon-dominanthandpracticeontheearlyacquisitionothrowingskills.LateralityAsymmetriesoBodyBrainandCognition78-37.Standononeootonaatsurace... 20THESWORDJANUARY2015TheLieandTimesoFormereditoroTheSwordMalcolmFaretalkstoKarimBashirabouthisencingcareerandanepicjourneyoverlandromAustraliatoEngland.MalcolmFarewasborninTauntonSomersetandasa-year-oldatTauntonSchoolhewouldcyclebacktoschooleverySaturdayeveningtowatchwhateverlmtheheadmasterdeemedsuitableoradolescentconsumption.TheonlyonethatstuckvividlyinhismemorywasScaramouchewhichhedescribesasthenestswashbucklinglmoalltime.Malcolmcouldnotbemorediferenttotherumbustiouscentralcharacterinthelmbuthewasinspiredtoseekouthislocalencingclubandtryhishandatthisglamorouspastime.HetalkspassionatelyabouttheearlydaysohisencingeducationrecallinghischarismaticrstcoachJohnSandersthesouth-westregionalcoachwhostartedclubsalloverSomersetandDevoninspiringhundredsopeopletotakeupencing.SandershadlearnthistraderomBillHarmer-BrownounderoThamesFencingClubnowLondon-Thamesandwasamasteratdevelopingaconversationoblades.Malcolmsloveorthesporttookholdalmostimmediatelyashecycledacrosstowntothelocalarmybarrackstobeputthroughhispaces.Winningtheclubsnovicecompetitionhewentontocompeteinregionaltournamentsuntiltheageo.ThenacombinationoanitchtoseesomethingotheworldandthegenerousTenPoundPomschemeoferedbytheAustraliangovernmentledMalcolmtosetsailorSydneyinNovember963.InaneforttoattractworkersAustraliaoferedone-wayticketsinexchangeortwoyearswork.TravellingaloneandwithnomoneyinhispocketMalcolmturnedupatthelocalLabourExchangetoseewhatwasavailableandtookajobasastencilmachineoperatoratasmallpublishingcompanyproducingtradeandtechnicalmagazines.WithinsixmonthstheeditorrealisedheneededsomeonetohelpwiththeworkloadandappointedMalcolmashisassistant.ThisgaveMalcolmthechancetotravelalloverNewSouthWaleswritingaboutandphotographingmajorconstructionprojectsincludingtheSydneyOperaHouse.Byhisownadmissionhehadtotakeacrashcourseincivilengineeringtounderstandwhateveryonearoundhimwastalkingabout.Atertwoandhalyearsheeltitwastimetoreturnhome.StilldeterminedtoseemoreotheworldMalcolmboughtaVWBeetleplacedanadvertinthepaperoratravellingcompanionandbegananepicjourneybyroadandseabacktotheUK.FirstcameagruellingtouroAustraliadrivinguptoTownsvilleacrosstheoutbacktoAliceSpringviaMountIsaalongroughwashedoutroadsanddowntotheSouthAustraliancoastbywayotheopalminingtownoCooberPedywherethecarhadtoundergomajorsurgerytheenginerebuiltandthechassisrewelded.ThenacrosstheNullabordeserttoPerth.BoardingashipinFreemantleherecallswatchingtheBeetlebeingcranedintotheshipsholdastheysetsailorBombaynowMumbai.TravellingthroughtheIndiancountrysidetobeautiulKashmirMalcolmandhisAustralianbuddyenjoyedathree-daytrekintheoothillsotheHimalayasandthenheadedbacktotheonlycrossingpointbetweenIndiaandPakistanwhosegovernmentsatthetimewereatwar.OnwardstoRawalpindiandtheKhyberPassnarrowlyavoidingbeinglynchedontheway.AsMalcolmwasdrivingalongacrowdedroutewithpeopleoneithersideagirlranacrosstheroadstraightintohispathandwasknockedying.Herathercarriedhertoanearbydispensaryortreatmentwhileanuglycrowdgathered.Luckilyshesuferedonlycutsandbruisesbutcompensationwasdemandedandthetwotravellershadtohandovertheirremainingrupeeswhichonlyamountedtoaewpoundsbeorebeingabletocontinuetheirjourney.InKabultheyacedadecisionwhethertotaketheeasyroutesouthonasealedroadbuiltbytheAmericansorthemoreinterestingroutenorth.ItwasnosurprisethatMalcolmchosethemorechallengingjourneywhichinvolvedcrossingthethighSalangPasstoMazar-i-ShariandbeyondbutthehotdryairandheavilyruttedroadsweretoomuchorthecarTheenginehadseizedupagainandthepairoundthemselvesstrandedinthesmalltownoSheberghan.TheonlychanceoxingthecarwastogetitbacktoKabul3milesaway.SotheywenttoaschoolwhereanEnglish-speakingpupilwasabletohelpthemndatruckdriverpreparedtoloadthecarontohistruckandtakethembacktothecapitaloraconsideration.Withluckontheirsidetheydidjustthat.ThedriverattemptedthejourneyinonegobutailedandhadtopulloverhalwayuptheSalangPasstosleep.Malcolmandhiscompanionspentourreezinghourssittinginthecabothetruckuntilthedriverwokeupandwasabletocontinue.BackinKabulandhavinglocatedtheonlygarageinAghanistanwithVWknowledgethepairdiscoveredthatthecarspistonswerebeyondrepairandtherewerenoreplacementsavailable.Allwasnotlostthoughasthegaragesaiditcouldtaketheoldpistonstothebazaarwheretheycanmakeanything.Twoweekslateraterstayingataea-riddenhotelandexploringtheoldcitytheyoundthecarwasbackupandrunninglikenew.ThistimetheyheadedsouthontheAmerican-builtroadbuttheirtroublesinAghanistanwerenotquiteover.Aewmilesromtheborderbothronttyresblew.WhilehisAustraliancompanionhitchedalitwiththetyresintothenearesttownHeratMalcolmstayedwiththecarinaroad-makershut.TwodayslatertheywereontheirwayagainbutundswerenowrunninglowandtheEgypt-IsraelwarputpaidtoMalcolmsplanstotourtheMiddleEastorcingthemtotakethemostdirectroutebacktoLondonviaIranTurkeyYugoslaviaAustriaGermanyandBelgium.Thejourneyhadtakenthreemonths.BackintheUKMalcolmoundworkinLondonandcontinuedtoence.HehadbeenencingtwiceaweekinAustraliaandrepresentedNewSouthWalesintheAustralianchampionships.SohisskillswereimprovingandbecauseotheconnectionwithJohnSandershejoinedTham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JANUARY2015THESWORD21INTERVIEWheconsidershimseltobeaoilistbuthewasprettyhandywithanepeetoo.Hewonthe974BritishjuniorchampionshipandspeaksondlyohisannualtripstoaninternationalcompetitioninDieppewhichhewontwice.Aullandrewardingcompetitivecareercametoanendinthelate-97swheninhiswordshemovedseamlesslyromspendingmoneyongoingtoencingtournamentstobuyingencingmemorabilia.Hebecamehookedoncollectinganythingtodowiththehistoryothesportromtheearlyillustratedbooksothe6thcenturytomodernstampsand3yearlaterheisstilldoingit.HehasevenestablishedtheNationalFencingMuseumnearMalverninWorcestershire.MoreonthatlaterMalcolmismostwellknownorthe3yearsthathespenteditingTheSwordmagazine.In984BritishFencingsrovingambassadorEdmundGraymethimattheMartiniEpeeInternationalgalanal.ThegoverningbodywasindesperateneedoaneditorandatthetimeMalcolmdidthatveryjobattheCentralOceoInormationthegovernmentsPRdepartmentwherehewasresponsibleoroverseaspressservices.Themagazinehadbecomeaninrequentpublicationandneededareshapproach.Malcolmsaidhewouldtakeonthetaskoracoupleoissuestoseehowitwent3yearslaterthathadturnedinto9issues.Hismainobjectivewastomakeitaregularquarterlypublication.Healsosetaboutrationalisingthecontentssothatitbecameaneasierreadandexperimentedwithcoloureventuallyproducingtherstall-colouredition.Hejokesaboutthedicultiesothepre-internetagewhenittookweeksorgalleyproostobecheckedandcorrectionsmade.PerhapsitisunsurprisingthatMalcolmispossiblytheonlypersontohaveeverysinglecopyothemagazinesinceitwasrstprintedin948.Itwouldbeunairtoignorehisunashameddesireorthemagazinetocontinueinitsprintedormatbutheismeasuredinhisapproachtothematterknowingthatnancialconsiderationshavetobetakenintoaccount.TherearetoomanyissuesorMalcolmtochooseaavouritebuttheOlympicissueso4and8werelaboursolove.TheyweretoppedonlybythebiggestissueeversenttoprintcoveringLondon.AtthetimeMalcolmwasworkingortheOlympicNewsServiceprovidingthreedailyreportsthroughouttheencingtournament.HeputthesetogetherwithamazingimagestakenbySergeTimachefFencingPhotos.comoranissuethatholdsaspecialplaceinhisheart.LieaterTheSwordisnotdull.HavingmovedtothevillageoHanleySwanjustoutsideMalverninMalcolmisanactivememberoaveryactivecommunity.SecretaryothelocalhistorysocietyhehasbeensuccessulinobtainingoneHeritageLotterygranttoexcavatepartoaRomansettlementneartheRiverSevernandwillapplynextyearoranothertoexploretheoundationsoamedievalcastleintheparish.Heandhiswiearealsoinvolvedingrowingvinesoracommunitywineprojectandharvestingapplesromacommunityorchard.TheNationalFencingMuseumisamustoranyencerwithaninterestinthehistoryooursportandaguidedtourromMalcolmisathoroughlypleasantwaytospendaewhours.Awealthoknowledgeamanwithsomanyinterestingstoriesaencing-nutunderstatedandsurprisingatthesametimeMalcolmFare.Itsapleasuretoknowhim.InormationonMalcolmsNationalFencingMuseumcanbeaccessedusingtheollowinglinkhttpwww.encingmuseum.comletYoungShopkeeperinNorthernAghanistancentreOldStreetinKabulrightAncientwindmillinSouthernAghanistan 22THESWORDJANUARY2015SeniorInternationalRoundupOctober4representedthestartoaveryimportantinternationalseasonortwomassivereasons.TostartwiththeFIEhaveimplementedanewapproachtotheGrandPrixeventswithaviewtoattractingmoreinterestinthesportandultimatelytondsponsors.BypackaginguptheseeventsintermsobothlookandeelandaconsistentlyhighlevelodeliverytheaimistomakethemliketheGrandSlamsweseeintheinternationaltennisworld.ThesecondreasonisequallyasbigHalwaythroughthisseasonrankingpointsstarttocounttowardsqualicationorthe6OlympicGamesinRio.TheperiodleadinguptothestartoRioqualicationisinteresting.Ontheonehandimprovingyourrankingormaintainingahighonesetsyouupwellorwhenqualicationstarts.Ontheotherhandscoringpointsearlyintheseasonmeansthatyoullhavetodeendthemattheendothequalicationperiod.IllletyoudecidewhichyouthinkisbetterMensEpeeThingsbeganwithaWorldCupinBerneSwitzerland.TheindividualpodiumwasdominatedbytheFrenchwithLucenaytakingthegoldmedalandGrumierandRobeirisecuringthebronzemedals.TheHungarianImretookthesilvermedal.InthatkindoormitwasunsurprisingtoseetheFrenchwintheteamgoldbeatingSwitzerlandinthenal.KoreaUkraineItalyHungaryRussiaandtheUSAroundedoutthetopeight.AewweekslaterattheWorldCupinTallinitwasGrumierthatstoodatthetopothepodiumbutthistimehewasjoinedbyoutsiderKneipGERKauterSUIandPizzoITA.KoreabeatFrancetotheteamgoldasGermanyCzechRepublicRussiaSwitzerlandUkraineandHungarycompletedthetopeight.ItsnotbeenabadstartorFranceinthisdisciplinewithRobeirileadingGrumieratthetopotheindividualrankingsandFrancethirtypointsclearatthetopotheteamrankings.WomensEpeeThewomensepeeseasonbeganinLegnanoItalywithaWorldCupwhichwaswonbythe9WorldChampionshipsbronzemedallistPochkalovaUKR.ThisrepresentsatremendousreturntoormortheUkrainianwhohasonlytwicemadeitthroughtheroundo3sincethatmedalinAntalya.ShewasjoinedonthepodiumtherebythemoreamiliarnamesoBranzaROUHeidemannGERandSzaszHUN.IntheteameventEstoniacameawaywiththegoldmedalbeatingRomaniainthenalwithItalysecuringthebronzemedal.TheirseasoncontinuedinChinaattheXuzhouWorldCup.AgaintheindividualpodiumwastotallydominatedbyencersandteamsromEurope.SzaszHUNtooktheindividualgoldjoinedbyBranzaROULogunovaRUSandShemyakinaUKR.ItwasadiferentstoryintheteameventasthehostnationalwonthegoldmedalbeatingItaly.ItwasagreatdayortheSwedishteamwhocompletedtheteampodium.TheeventalsosawBritishencerCorinnaLawrenceachieveherbestWorldCupresultwithatwelthplacenish.SzaszsHUNimpressivestarttotheseasonmeansthatsheretainsthetopspotintheworldrankingandonlySunCHNandChoiKORareabletobreaktheEuropeandominanceinthetopeight.RussiaaretheclearleadersintheteamrankingsromtheveryyoungEstonianteamandChina.MensFoilThreeItaliansstoodontheindividualpodiumattherstmensoilWorldCupinSanFranciscobutitwasCadotFRAwhotookthegoldmedalromBaldiniLuperiandNista.TwoRussiansCheremisinovandKhavnskiywerejoinedbyImbodenUSAandtheresurgentOtaJPNinthetopeight.AterarockyendtothepreviousseasonitwouldhavebeenarelietotheItalianteamthattheywalkedawaywiththeteamgoldbeatingRussiainthenal.Germanytookthebronzemedal.TheTokyoWorldCupwasnextandImbodenUSAbeatRiginRUStothegoldmedalwithLeortFRAandCassaraITAjoiningthemonthepodium.ItalyelltotheUSAinthequarternalsotheteameventopeningthedoororRussiatosqueezepastFranceorthegoldmedal.Koreatookthebronzemedal.Despiteonlymakinga3andan8soarthisseasonMaCHNstillleadstheindividualworldrankingsromCheremisinovRUSandLeortFRA.ItisworthnotingatthisearlystageotheseasonthatthehighestrankedItalianisBaldiniinninthspot.WomensFoilMexicohostedthersteventinthisdisciplinewithaWorldCupinCancun.WorldnumberoneorthepastourseasonsErrigoITAtookthetitleandwasjoinedonthepodiumbyLimKORKimKORandGebetFRA.BoubakriTUNDeriglazovaRUSKeierUSAandBlazeFRAcompletedthetopeight.SurprisinglyFrancehadacomortablyvictoryoverItalyinthesemi-nalsotheteameventbutlosttoRussiainthenal.TheyheadedtoFranceorthesecondWorldCupotheseasoninStMaurandErrigowasatitagaintakingthegoldmedalromKeierUSADeriglazovaRUSandCiniITA.DiFranciscaVezzaliandVolpimeanttherewereveItaliansinthequarternalswhichwerecompletedbyKorobeynikovaRUS.Russiatookback-to-backteamtitlesinFrancebeatingItalytogoldwithFranceinthebronzemedalposition.RemarkablyErrigocurrentlyholdsveotheeightrankingtitlesavailablesoitisnosurprisethatshespointsclearotheworldnumbertwoandherteammateDiFrancisca.TwomoreItaliansBatiniandVezzalimakethewomensoilrankingslookprettygoodorthatnationespeciallygiventhattheyarerankednearlypointshigherthanRussiaatthetopotheteamrankings.MensSabreTherstmenssabreWorldCupinDakarSenegalwascancelledearlierthisyearwhichmeansthatatthetimeowritingtherehasonlybeenonemenseventsoarthisseasoninBudapest.GuKORledthewaytakinggoldromSzilagyiHUN.YakimenkoRUSMontanoITAHuebersGERSzatmariHUNHwangKORandYagodkaUKRweretheothersemiandquarternalists.RomaniaweresurprisewinnersotheteameventwheretheytookoutKoreainthequarternalsandthenedgedItalyorthegoldmedal.GermanybeatRussiaorthebronzemedal.Giventheactthattherehasbeenjustoneeventinthisdisciplinethisseasonitswaytooearlytolookattherankings.ThatsaidortherecordGumaintainshisnumberonestatusintheindividualrankingsandKorealeadGermanyItalyandRussiaintheteamrankings.byourSpecialCorrespondent JANUARY2015THESWORD23ROUNDUPWomensSabreMargaritaIslandVenezuelahostedthefrstWorldCupothewomenssabrecircuitanditwasVelikayaRUSwhoisverymuchmakingacomebackaterLondonwhotookthegoldmedalromLembachFRAZagunisUSAandSochaPOL.ThelosingquarterfnalistswereVougioukaGREEgorianRUSGregorioITAandLimbachGER.TheUSAbeatRussiatothegoldmedalintheteameventasFrancetookthebronze.ItisworthnotingthatUkraineelectednottosendanyencerstothisevent.TheUkrainiansdidjointhepartyatthesecondWorldCupinOrleansFrancethoughbutitwasVelikayaRUSwhosecuredback-to-backvictoriesthistimebeatingGregorioITAtothegoldmedal.ThebronzemedalswenttoKravatskaUKRandWozniakUSA.KharlanUKRstillleadswithindividualrankingsinthisweaponbutZagunisUSAishotonherheelsandDyachenkoRUSisnotarbehindeitherothem.VelikayaRUSisnowrankedeleventhandjusttwopointsbehindthesecondhighestrankedRussianEgorian.TheUSAteamareclearleadersotheteamrankingsromRussiaFranceandItaly.ItsjustthestartbutbythetimethisgoestoprintwewillhavehadthefrstGrandPrixeventsotheseason.InparticularIamlookingtoseeitheFrenchcontinuetheirriseacrosstheboardsaveMensSabreperhapsanditheyoungerencerslikeLeortHuebersandKirpucontinuetomakeanimpact....aconsistentlyhighlevelodeliverytheaimistomakethemliketheGrandSlamsweseeintheinternationaltennisworld.KarimBashirT7846mediabritishencing.com 24THESWORDJANUARY2015INVICTAOPEN2122March2015TheSportsCentreUniversityofKentatCanterburyCanterburyKentCT27NLUKSat.21stMarchCheckinOpensClosesMensEpee08300930WomensEpee10301130MensSabre10001100WomensSabre11301230Sun.22ndMarchMensFoil08300930WomensFoil10301130EntryFee25.00foroneWeapon45.00fortwo.Discountedto2443foron-lineentries.LateEntries5.00Extra.Entriesforfencerstravellingfromoverseasarefree.Youcanenteron-lineathttpwww.sport8.co.ukMailentriestoJohnHyde88RunningFoxesLaneAshfordKentTN235LRChequespayabletoTenterdenSwordsFencingClubClosingDateSunday15thMarch2015Aplatecompetitionwillberunforfencerseliminatedinthepools.Minimumageforentrantsis13at1stJanuary2015.Forfurtherdetailsseewww.tenterden-swords.org.uke-mailinvictatenter-den-swords.org.ukorphoneJohnHydeon447714439385.ENTRYFORMInvictaOpen21-22March2015Events.....................................................................................EntryFee..............................PleaseTickU20...........Vet40...........At112015Name.........................................................................................Address...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................Email...................................................................................Club...........................................................BFANo................Iacceptthattheorganiserscannotbeheldresponsibleforanyacci-dentlossordamagesustainedatthetournament.Signed.......................................................Date....................Parentorguardianifunder18 JANUARY2015THESWORD2525THESWORDJANUARY2015ROUNDUPWhitchurchShieldWhitchurchFencingClubhostedtherstWhitchurchShieldintermediateepecompetitionatTalybontSportsHallatCardifUniversityonSundayOctoberth.MichaelClemitsontheclubsecretaryoWhitchurchFencingClubexplainedthereasonorrunningthecompetitionIntermediateencersrepresentthecorebodyotheencingraternityandasaclubweeltitwasimportanttocaterortheircompetitiveneeds.EntrantstotheWhitchurchShieldweredrawnromacrossSouthWales-romCardifandBarryaswellasurtheraeldromSwanseaMonmouthshireandCarmarthen.ParticularlynotablewastheamountosupportandencouragementoferedbythosewhorunotherlocalclubsinSouthWales.LynneMeliadirectoroTeamMeliaprovidedexpertreereeingassistance.PeterRussellandFranWhalleyoRussellSwordsinCardifwhohavebeensupportivethroughouttheorganisationotheeventalsoreereedorthecompetitionandlentscoringsetsincludingametalpisteandFIEscoringequipment.GarethLawromCelticSwordsinSwanseawasawelcomecompetitorinthecompetition.AterthemenspoolsroundsGeorgeHawksworthCardifwastherstseedcloselyollowedbyZacClabonRussellSwordsthehighestrankedcompetitoratthecompetition.Inahotlycontestedsemi-nalmatchbetweenZacClabonandJoeStoateCardifthatnished4-ZacwasinchedoutbyJoe.MathieuKristCardifandGeorgeHawksworthmetinthesecondsemi-nalwhichsawGeorgewinningacomortable-4victory.ThenalwasanothertightlyoughtcontestthoughGeorgegainedanearlyleadagainstJoeandkeptittowina-victoryoverhisCardifclubmate.JacobTuckerCardifwasawardedtheprizeorthehighest-placedbeginnernishingsixthplaceanimpressiveresultespeciallyconsideringthathehasonlybeenencingoreightmonths.InthewomenscompetitionEmmaGordonCardifandSueKoMonmouthHaberdashersSchoolorGirlsweretherstandsecondseedrespectivelyaterthepoolsround.Intherstsemi-nalEmmaGordonsawofJulieMacnamaraWhitchurchina-4victory.ElinGordonCardifbeatthenumberseedSueKo-inthesecondsemi-naltojoinhersisterinthenal.Emmawentontotakethegoldbeatinghersister-8.Theeventwasullyreereedthroughoutallstagesothecompetitionanditoferedreasonablypricedrereshmentsortheconvenienceothecompetitors.NextyearitishopedthatanarmouryserviceandLeonPaulequipmentmini-standcanbeoferedattheShield.WhitchurchFencingClubwouldliketothankeveryonewhohelpedatandcompetedinthecompetition.ForfullresultsoftheWhitchurchShieldanddetailsofWhitchurchFencingClubseewww.whitchurchfencing.co.uk.MensEpeewinnersromlettorightJacobTuckerhighest-placedbeginnerMathieuKristjointthirdJoeStoatesecondGeorgeHawksworthrstZacClabonjointthirdPhotobyMichaelClemitsonWomensEpeewinnersromlettorightSueKojointthirdEmmaGordonrstElinGordonsecondJulieMacnamarajointthirdPhotobyMichaelClemitsonThe 26THESWORDJANUARY2015BIRMINGHAMINTERNATIONALFENCINGTOURNAMENTEaster2015VenueMunrowSportsCentreTheUniversityofBirminghamBristolRoadSouthA38SouthBirminghamB152TTEventsLatestreportLatestreportSat.04ApriltimeSun.05ApriltimeMensFoil09.00MensEpee09.00WomensFoil11.00WomensEpee11.30MensSabre13.30WomensSabre13.30EntryFee26perweaponviaon-lineprocessfreeentrytonon-UKfencersvisitingspecicallyforthiseventnotfreetoUK-basedstudents.Paychequesto-BIFTOCPostentriestoMikeWhitehouse208WheelersLaneBirminghamB130SRtel.fax4401214433136Closingdate27MarchAnylateentriesifagreedchargedat36perweapon.NotesBFAlicenceswillbecheckedNGBequivalentmustbeshownatcheck-in.Fencersmustbeaged13oroverbefore01.01.2015.PrizesforL8fencersateachweaponandbestVeteran.LeonPaulEquimentCotradestandsponsorship.On-lineentrypaymentprocesshotelformsdirectionsonwww.birminghaminternationalfencing.org.uk.Queriestoemailcontactbirminghaminternationalfencing.org.ukENTRYFORMBIRMINGHAMINTERNATIONAL04-050415EventEntryfeeName.Address..Postcodeemail..Tel..CountryClubVetover40on01.01.15NVAanddeclaredatcheck-inBFAorNGBlicenceNo.IacceptthattheorganiserscannotbeheldresponsibleforanyaccidentlossordamagesustainedattheTournament.SignedDateParentguardianifunder18 JANUARY2015THESWORD27ROUNDUPSalleEtonhasCelebratedYearsasaClubInOctober4SalleEtoncelebratedyearsasaclub.Apartywasheldattendedbyover6peoplebothcurrentandretiredmembers.Duringitsyearstheclubhasdonesomeevolving.Itworkedwithaewnamesbutnowinitsthirdhomeitstillhasacoupleomemberswhohavebeenwiththeclubortheentireyearsandseveralorplusyears.Backin963ProHarryPortersetupaencingeveningclassatSloughCollege.In964itwasdecidedtochangetheclassintoaclubitrentedspaceatSloughCollegeandbecameSalle64.TheyweretheoriginatorsotheSloughOpenwhichbecameoneothebiggestcompetitionsinthesouthoEnglandandstillcontinuesnowasa6weaponevent.UnortunatelyHarryPorterhadanuntimelydeathintheseventiesandKenPearsontookoverasacoach.Atthistimeencingwasnotconsideredasuitablesportorthoseundertheageo3.KenPearsonhadbeentheAssistantNationalFencingCoachandgotinvolvedwithBobAndersoninanewconceptoactivityclubsatButlins.KenwassenttoButlinsMineheadtorun6weeksoencingsessionsoryoungschoolgroups.KenbecameenthusiasticaboutUencingandinresponsetoamumwholivedclosetohimhestartedChalontFencingClub.In978KenwenttoSouthAricaasNationalCoachandAllanSkipptookovermanyoKensclubs.AllaniscurrentlyanEnglandFencingDirectorandstillverymuchinvolvedwithencing.AsyoungstersoutgrewtheChalontClubtheywereedintotheclubatSloughCollege.HarryJonesthecurrentcoachhadtwoyoungchildrenIanandKarenwhobothstartedatChalontandwentontowinNAGCandwereselectedorUandBritishstudentteams.KristinPaynewhoisstillanactiveVEThadhelpedKenatChalontwithhertwoboysNickandTomandsheorganisedaurtherclubinHighWycombetheWycombeCygnets.OthersuccessulencersromthistimeincludedMartinLaingJeremySampsonEleanorFarringtonStuartCrowgeyAdrianGrinalsonowbackencing.FencersalsoflteredinandcontinuetodosoromRGSHighWycombeandDrChalloners.InhistimeKenhadsetuptheChalontCupateamcompetitionortheUs.AterhehadgoneAllanchangedittoanindividualoilcompetitionortheUsstartingin979.Inthemid8sacertainRaymondPaulbroughthisdaughtertotheyoungsterscompetitionandhiswieBarbarawassoimpressedthatshethenorganisedaLeonPaulyouthcompetitioninLondonandtheLPJSserieswasbornin986.TheEtonLPJSwasthefrstclubtojoinintheseriesrunninglargeoilcompetitionsorboysandgirlsinarangeoagegroupsupto.KristinPaynewasmanagerortheBritishGirlsUteamandshehadcontactwithvariousFrenchclubsincludingLaRiposteFCinChalon-sur-Saoneandexchangeswerearrangedwiththeiryoungencers.AtthistimeAllanwascoachatEtonCollege.In98EtonwebelievewasthefrstschoolinthecountryoutsideoLondontohaveapurposecreatedSallewithmetalpistesandfxedscoreboxes.ItwasAllanwhonegotiatedtheclubtobeabletousethecollegeacilitiesandtheclubwascalledSalleDEscrimeEtonknownasSalleEton.In988AllanbecameDirectoroCoachingandHarryJonestookoverascoachatSalleEtonandisstillthere.HarryschildrenIanandKarenwerebothverysuccessulNationalandInternationalepeeists.DuringtheyearsvariouscoacheshavecomeandhelpedincludingJennyDouglasJackyFaulknerandRobTurtlewithJamesRobertsasthecurrentsecondcoach.Jamesjoinedtheclubasa7yroldbeginnerbecommingajuniorinternationalsabruerandBritishmedallistduringhiscompetitivephase.JoanMasonanoriginalmemberhasdoneasterlingjobovertheyearsinkeepingtheclubgoingencouragingencersparentsandpartnerstogetinvolvednotjustwiththeclubbutwiththesportandisstillthereasitsPresident.DavidOakdenisanotherworthyomentionhewasacommitteememberormanyyearsandasHeadMasteroalocalschoolnotonlyencouragedmembersbutenabledtheclubtorunallyearlongusinghisschoolhallduringtheholidays.OtherswhohavesuccumbedtothevolunteercallovertheyearsandstayedonormanyyearshaveincludedSandraMaxwellSarahRobertsandMilindPradhanwhohavehelpedorganisetheSloughOpenoryearsalongwiththeEtonLeonPaulandbeenBBOCommitteemembers.MilindhasbeenontheSouthernRegionCommitteeandiscurrentlyanEnglandDirector.Untilrecentlytheclubhasseenencersgoingontoachieveantasticresultsatnationallevelsandregularlyrepresentingtheircountryatalllevels-AlistairGerardandTomBennettatcadetandjuniorlevelNicoleAbdulRachelGowerEstherKulmeyKatiePerrottPaulDazeleyJamesRoberts.In3theclubmovedtoSriGuruSinghSabhaknowastheFalconSportsCentreinSloughwhereitnowoperatesonaMondaymostlyadultsandFridaychildrenevening.GroupromthepartyOctober4-AllanSkippJamesRobertsJoanPorterJackyFaulknerJoanMasonDavidOakdenandHarryJonesByRochelleDazeley 28THESWORDJANUARY2015LEARNINGFENCINGFOILSABREANDEPEEONGUARDPeterRussellhaswrittenthreeencingbookseachdescribedasABeginnersGuidetotheTechniquesoModernSwordFighting.Allareblackandwhiteinternallywithacolouredcover.AbriesynopsisotheircontentsollowsLearnFencingFoil3pagesover3photosanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestancevarioustypesoootworktherulesconventionsandthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbythehitandengagements.Varioustypesoparriesarethenintroducedollowedbybladepreparationsthencounterripostes.Compoundattacksnaturallyleadstosuccessiveparriesasaormodeence.Thepoint-in-lineleadstoevasionotheopponentsattempttotakethebladeusingdrobement.Prisedeerattackscanbepreventedbyusingeitheroppositionorcedingparries.Counterattackscounter-timeandrenewalsoattackarethendiscussedbeoreventuringintotopicslikeoppositehandersreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesandgeneraltactics.Aninepageglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.LearnFencingSabre9pagesover6photographsanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestanceootworkapplicabletosabretherulesconventionsandthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbyvariousattackswithtraditionalcutsthrough-cutsanduseothepointthenspottingopeninglinesisdiscussed.Varioustypesoparriesincludingthetraditionalsabrequinteandsimpleripostesareconsideredollowedbybeatattacksandrstcounterriposte.Compoundattacksleadtosuccessiveparries.Compoundripostesareollowedbypoint-in-lineprisesdeeranddrobements.Stopcutsrenewalsoattackandoppositehandersleadstoreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesthencompetitionskillsandtactics.Aninepageglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.LearnFencingEpee3pagesover4photographsanddiagramsThisbookbeginswiththebasicsequipmentsaetythestanceandvarioustypesoootworkincludingtheecheaswellasthegrip.Theguardsandlinesareollowedbythehitengagementsandtheuseoangulation.Simpleattacksparriesandripostesandcounterattackscomenextollowedbybeatandpressureattacksandrstcounterripostes.Compoundattacksleadnaturallytosuccessiveparries.Point-in-lineprisesdeerdrobementsaswellasoppositionandcedingparriesaregroupedtogethertogoodefect.Countertimerenewalsicksleadstoreeghtingofensesandpenaltiesandgeneraltactics.Alittleoverninepagesoglossaryotermsisavailableattheend.ReviewersCommentsPanelsshowingtacticaltipsarehelpulasarethosewhichdescribecommonmistakes.Iamalittlescepticalhoweveraboutoccasionallyshowingphotographsobadexamplestobeginnersasprecisevisualexamplesogoodtechniquesarelikelytobemorebenecial.SpacesareletromtimetotimeorCoachingNotes.Coacheswishingtostudyorrecognisedcoachingqualicationswillndthesebooksuseulbutitisimportanttoconsultaqualiedcoacheducatorintheparticularcoachingschemeyouareinterestedintoensurethatyouareworkingontheapprovedcurriculuminwhichyouwillbeexamined.Theauthorhascoveredquitealotogroundinthesethreebookswhichareeasytoreadlargelytraditionallybasedneatlypresentedandtheoccasionaluseocartoonsismostenjoyable.Theseareawelcomeadditiontomyencingbookshel.EditorOnGuardAFencingCrimeThrillerOnGuardisthethirdbookthatKarlVadaszfyhaswrittenwithhislastoneMissingbeingwellreceived.ThisisaencingcrimethrilleronthelinesoWallandarmeetsCrosnierthatlinkstheworldotheHungariancoacheswhocametoEnglandatthetimeotheHungarianRevolutionin96withtheLondonencingsallesotoday.KarliswellplacedtodescribethesetwoworldsasnotonlyisheaencerhimselbutisthesonoZsoltVadaszfywhocoachedatSalleBostoninthe6sand7s.WiththenumberoHungariancoachesnowembeddedintoourclubsthisisalsoauniqueopportunitytolookathowsomeothemviewtheirsportoutsideotheirnativecountryandhowtheymayhavebeenafectedbypasteventswithinEurope.Thestoryisaningeniouscocktailorealistictechnicalencingandaast-paceddetectiveinvestigationcriss-crossingbetweenLondonandBudapesttounravelthereasonsbehindaseriesogruesomemurdersalllinkedtothepastoaHungariancoachrunningaclubinLondon.Thereisanoverridingthreadotheefectthatlivingintheshadowoonespastcanhaveonthepresent.Althoughthepaceothestoryismarredperiodicallybyminorproo-readingerrorsandsomeirritatingdescriptiveoverembellishments...heloweredhimseltoengardelikeasubmarinegoingunderonanexploratoryexpedition...therearesomewonderulvignettesolieinthesallealthoughIneverrecalltherebeingquitesomanybeautiulladyencersallingunderthespellotheircoachinmyclub.HoweverKarlreallyhitsthemarkwhenhedescribesthediferentattitudestowardstrainingandcommitmentinHungaryandBritainandhowwinningatallcostscanbecomeanoverridingdestructivepassionorsome.OnGuardhasgreatentertainmentvalueoranyencingacionado.YouwillndyourselollowingtheencingmovesinyourmindasyoureadandmayevenwanttotrythemoutoryourselthenexttimeyouatyourclubjustdonotputyourbrokenbladestothesamemurderoususewithwhichKarlstormentedherodetectivehastocontend.ThisintendedtobetherstoaseriesoencingthrillersandIlookorwardtothenextinstalment.OnGuardbyKarlVadaszfyispublishedbyPeachPublishingandavailableromAmazoninpaperbackat8.49orKindleat99p.LawrenceBurrREVIEWSBOOKREVIEWS JANUARY2015THESWORD29REVIEWSVIDEOREVIEWFENCINGMOVESTRILOGYEPISODES1-3OCTOBER2014ItwaswithgreatpleasurethatIviewedBeazleysrecentvideooferingshownontheBritishFencingwebsiteandalsoavailableontheBeazleyBritishFencingwebsitehere.ItcomprisesothreeshortvideosviewedinsuccessionCircularSixteParryRiposteFoilStopCutStriketoWristSabreandPrimeRiposteandStrikeFastFoil.ThesehavebeenproessionallyproducedwithmuchcareandattentiontocameraangletherealismotheencingsequencesalleaturingencersromBritishFencingsWorldClassProgrammeWCP.Thedemonstrationshavebeenplacedinthecontextoactualghtingsequenceswhichcanbeappreciatediweconsiderthevoiceoverromtherstexampleshowninitalics.CircularSixteParryRiposteFoilSteplunge.Theattacklaunchedromtheletappearstobejustoutsidethedeendersreactiontimeashehassucienttimetodeectthepointawayromhistarget.Theattackerislethandedthedeenderisrighthanded.Blockhisattack.Theencerontherightlauncheshisownattackwhichisparriedbyhisopponentwhoattemptstoripostewhichissuccessullyblocked.Pressuremyopponentwithacounter.Aalseattackisinitiatedromtheright.Theencerontheletmakesacircularsixteactionapplyingpressuretotheopponentsbladethenlunges.Theopponentstepsbacktoavoidbeinghit.IshowhimanopeningTheencerontheletofersaninvitation.thenIcloseitdownTheencerontherightattacksintotheopeningandthedeenderparriescircularsixtesecondintentionraisinghisswordhandtoalloworaripostetotopshoulder.nowstrike.Theripostelandswithprecision.Circularsixteparryriposte.Matchwon.AlthoughonecouldcriticisetheactthatbothepeeandwomenencersareabsentonthisoccasionitshouldbeemphasisedthatalltheparticipantshavebeentakenromtheWCP.Asthisprogrammeexpandsanddevelopsitshouldbepossibletoeatureotherparticipantsinuturevideos.Beazleyaretobecommendedoranexcellentproductionhighlyrecommended.Editor 30THESWORDJANUARY2015ObituariesFRANKMILLS943-4Frankfrsttookupencingintheearly96satBlackriarsFencingClub.KristinPayneremembersOnedaythisenergeticandveryftyoungmanturnedupandsaidhewantedtolearntoence.HisnamewasFrankandhewasasuccessulcyclistclearlyadedicatedsportsman.Idontrememberwhyheturnedtoencingorhowhecametojoinourclubbuthisdeterminationandenthusiasmwasaninspiration.HelearnedveryastandwithinsixmonthsofrstpickingupaoilhehadbecomeSurreychampion.ItwaswhileonaencingcoursebeingruninBathin96thatFrankmethiswie-to-beBettyalsoacompetitiveenceratthattime.TheyweremarriedinStPetersChurchMaidenheadin969withmembersotheencingcommunityormingaguardohonouratertheceremony.TheollowingyearFrankwonthesouth-eastsectionmensoilchampionship.Butworkandchildrencausedhimtogiveupencingin97.HespentmostohisworkinglieinmarketingandpublicrelationsbecomingheadoundraisingortheLicensedVictuallersNationalHomesandraisingmanyhundredsothousandsopoundsorcharity.WhenhissonNikstartedencingin988usingaoilinheritedromBettyFrankwasluredbackintothesportandjoinedtheMiltonKeynesFencingClub.In99hejoinedtheVetswassoononthecommitteeandwaselectedchairmanoBritishVeteransFencingBVFin8.FrankwasalsoakeenreemasonservingasLodgeMasterin3.HewasoneotheorganisersothefrstRockRideacyclerideromGibraltartoBuckinghamshireinaidocharityandhadstartedworkingorRockRidebeoreillhealthpreventedhimrombecomingullyinvolved.OrganisedcharityworkwasnottheonlyexpressionoFranksgoodnature.ManyaweekendhecouldbeoundhelpingBettydoingabitoDIYhereholdingaBBQthereandrunningvariousGirlGuideprojectsinwhichsheisstillheavilyinvolved.Frankwaswellknowntoveteranencersorhischarmsenseohumourquickwitandvelvet-tonedspeakingvoice.Hisater-dinnerspeecheswhenhemanagedtoincorporateunsuspectingmembersintohisjokeswereamousanditsoonbecameabadgeohonourtobeincludedinoneohisstories.JohnMasonrecallsthismomentFredSheppardalwayseaturedinoneohisstorieswhiletherestouswereonedgewonderingwhetherweweregoingtobethenextvictim.MyturncameoneyearandtheonlythingIrememberapartromitbeingveryunnywasthatthestoryinvolvedanencounterbetweenmeintoxicatedandaridgelateatnight.FrankproposedtotheVetscommitteethatwehostthenextEuropeanTeamChampionshipsandwearenowcommittedtoholdingtheeventin6.Hopeullywecanmakeitashowhewouldhavebeenproudo.ButhowcanwereplacehimasMasteroCeremoniesFranksdedicationtoBVFwaswellknown.HeledseveralsquadstomatchesandchampionshipsinEuropeorganisedtheage-groupqualifersorseveralyearsandwasinstrumentalinmakingtheVeteransWintonCupthepopulareventithasbecome.ManyvetshaveondmemoriesotheirencounterswithFrank.BrianMilloremembersTheeveningbeoreIwasduetoleavehometotakepartinmyfrstinternationalcompetitiontheEuropeanchampionshipsinHenin-BeaumontIrealisedthatmy3Nkitwouldnotmeettherequirements.SoItelephonedFrankourChedeMissionandevenhisreprimandwasmerelyOhBrian.Didyounotreadtherulesexpressedinhisusualurbanemanner.HequicklysuggestedthatsincehewouldnotbecompetingbecausethereweresomanyBritishencerstolookaterandsincewewerebothletiesheshouldstilltakehisownkitwithhimtopassacrosstomewhenwearrived.AsimplesolutiontoaproblemnotoFranksmakingandwhichhecouldverywellhavedonewithout.Hewassogoodathandlingmuchmoredicultsituationswithcalmnessandskillthathecouldbecomealmostinvisibleatourcompetitions.IamgladtohaveknownhimevenionlybrieyandIdoregretthathisquietlyexpressedencouragementshissensibleadviceandhisunobtrusivesenseohumourwillnotbeheardagain.AthisfrstVetsoutingAnthonySilversaysFrankcameuptohimashewaspackinguptocheckaewdetails.HewaslookingsodapperandgenialandholdingthemicrophoneinthewaythatproessionalcompresdothatorsomebizarrereasontheimageoabeautytalentcontestashedintomymindsoIstartedtowitteronabouthowpleasedandproudIwasandthatIwantedtoworkwithchildrennotsomethingyoucansaytodayandorWorldPeace.Franktookallothisinhisstridenotevenraisingasardoniceyebrowandmadeasinglenoteonhispad.WhenthetimecameorhimtoannouncethewinninglineupherepeatedmyinanecommentswithastraightaceandthendrilyremarkedthatIhadobviouslygottotallyconusedoverwhichcompetitionIhadentered.FrancesWoodwardrecallsTherewasonecompetitionIwenttoandwhileoutsideorabreakIoundFrankintweedjacketoverencingjacketbreechesandsmokingacigarette.WehuggedandIsaidOhFrankyousmellnice.TheresponsewasGivenchyorMen...Theonlygentlemanlythingaboutme.Iwillmisshimalot.RichardBonehillremembersFrankwithasmile.Whatmaysurprisemanyisthathehadawonderulwildside.Herodeapowerulmotorbikehadawickedsenseohumourenjoyedacigaretteandadrinkandwasgreatun.Lieshouldnotbeajourneytothegravewiththeintentionoarrivingsaelyinanattractiveandwell-preservedbodybutrathertoskidinbroadsideinacloudosmokechampagneinonehandstrawberriesintheotherbodythoroughlyuseduptotallywornoutandscreamingWOOHOOWHATARIDEWelldoneFrank.AlthoughFrankfrstbecameillin3heseemedtomakeagoodrecoverybutunortunatelythisprovedtobeashortperiodoremission.SomebrightnessenteredFrankandBettysliveswhentheirdaughterpresentedthemwithabelovedgrandsonHenry.SadlyintheearlyhoursothNovemberFranklosthislastboutanddiedpeaceullyathomewithhisamily.Hispersonalitytouchedmanypeopleslivesandweareallthebetterorit.HeleavesbehindhislovingwieBettysonNicholasandpartnerRachelwithtwochildrenhisdaughterAndreasonin-lawByronandgrandsonHenry.DaveSweeneyWithpersonalreminiscencesromtheObituariessectionotheBVFwebsitehttpwww.veterans-encing.co.uk JANUARY2015THESWORD31OBITUARIESDAMEMARYGLENHAIGDBE8798-4APersonalRecollectionIhaveknownDameMaryrommyearliestdaysoencinginLondonwithSalleBostonbackinthesixtiesandseventieswhenDameMarywasverymuchaorceinBritishFencingalongsideCharlesdeBeaumont.HerOlympicprowessinthreeOlympicGameshadmadeheramuchreveredfgurewithinthenationssportingeliteandshewasaconstantateverynationalcompetitionthatIenteredwatchingandencouragingateverystage.InlateryearsasChairmanotheCombinedServicesFencingAssociationIwouldoteninvitehertotheRoyalTournamentinEarlsCourttomeettheyoungaspiringmilitaryencersshealwayslovedbeingapartotheglamourandceremonythatwentalongwithsuchmilitaryeventsandcouldalwaysbeoundjoininginwiththesomewhatraucouscelebrationsaterwardsintheFieldGunbarsHoweveritwasasamemberotheEpeeClubthatIcametoknowherbest.Upuntil994theEpeeClubhadbeenverymuchorGentlemenOnlybutintheprevious3yearstherehadbeenastrongmovementamongstthemembersledbyMalcolmFaretohavewomenadmitted.AttheAGMothatyearthemotiontoadmitladieswaspassed.ItwasimmediatelyproposedbytheCommitteeMemberspresenttoelectDameMarythemosteminentwomanamongstBritishFencersdespitebeingaoilistThusshebecameourfrstladymemberandwasgreetedwithgreatapplausebyallmemberswhensheattendedthefrstotheClubeventsintheollowingyear.FromthattimeonshewasaregularattendeeatallthecompetitionsheldattheHurlinghamClubtogetherwithherconstantcompanionJoycePearce.DameMarywouldwatchromthecomortoadeckchairdrinkingaPimmsandtakingakeeninterestintheopenaircombats.ShewouldotenbeaskedtopresentthecupstotheClubwinnerswhichshewoulddowithatwinkleinhereyeandanobliquereerencetohowCharlesdeBeaumonthimselamemberotheEpeeClubinthethirtiesandherselwerethefrsttousetheelectricalscoringapparatuswhichwasnowsuchanintegralpartomodernencing.DameMaryalsolovedattendingtheEpeClubAGMandDinners.ThesewereheldinLondonClubsduringthesummerandshealwayssparkledattheseblacktieeventsregalingthosearoundherwithtalesothemachinationssurroundinghertimewiththeIOCandthedaysotheAFA.HerlastappearanceattheClubwasin9whenaswelettheGarrickClubsheturnedtomeandsaidThiswassuchawonderuleveningsomanyriendsandsuchjollityIjustwishitwouldneverend.SodoweMary.Fencingwasoreverinherblood.ShewasanintegralpartingrowingthesporthereintheUnitedKingdomandwasapassionateadvocateorusoverseas.Withhersteelycharmandsharpwithonedoveralmost7yearsintheencingarenashepassedonherinectiousenthusiasmtoallwhomether.HerlegacyisthestrongresilientworldoBritishFencingthatweseetoday.LawrenceBurrOBEVicePresidentTheEpeeClubMaryGlenHaigwhohasdiedattheageo96wasthedaughteroCaptainWilliamJamesanocialatthe98OlympicGamesandounderothePolytechnicLadiesFencingClub.ShecompetedinourOlympicGames948-6coming8thin948.ShealsorepresentedGreatBritainatnineindividualandteamworldchampionshipscoming4thin9and6ththeollowingyear.SomeoherbestyearsasacompetitorwerelosttothewarbutwhenencingrestartedsheimmediatelybecameBritishjuniorchampionandin948wontheseniorchampionshipwinningitagainin9.Thenshewaseighttimesrunner-uptohergreatrivalGillianSheen.ShewasCommonwealthchampionin9and94twicewontheinternationalDeBeaumontCupandwontheSilverJubileeBowlthreetimes.Marywentontobecomeanoutstandingadministrator.PresidentotheLadiesAmateurFencingUnion964-73andotheAmateurFencingAssociation973-86shewasalsoChairmanotheCentralCounciloPhysicalRecreationduringthe97sandPresidentotheBritishSportsAssociationortheDisabledrom98to99.In98shebecamethefrstemalememberotheInternationalOlympicCommitteeIOCandservedoryears.ForservicestoencingshewasappointedaMemberotheOrderotheBritishEmpireMBEin97orservicestosportingeneralshewaspromotedtoCommanderCBEin977andwasmadeaDameDBEin993.In994shebecameanhonorarymemberotheIOCandwasmadeaMembredHonneurotheFIEin999.M.FHerOlympicprowessinthreeOlympicGameshadmadeheramuchreveredfgurewithinthenationssportingeliteandshewasaconstantateverynationalcompetitionthatIenteredwatchingandencouragingateverystage. 32THESWORDJANUARY2015AnnouncementsINFORMATIONANNOUNCEMENTSInormationWORKFORCECOURSESCoachingLevel1andFoilandSabreFeb015-London.This6daycourseinNorthLondonisadoubledupLevelandLevelcourseabletoaccommodatepeoplewantingtogetintocoachingorthefrsttimeororassistantcoacheswantingtomoveuptoLevelineitherFoilorSabre.Fulldetailsandanapplicationormathttpbritishencing.comnewslatest-newsn8GOFENCEGOFENCELeadersCourse15thFebruary015HatfeldEastern.ThisdaypracticalcourserunaspartoHertsSportsPartnershipsCoachEducationWeekisagreatchanceorpeoplewantingtogetinvolvedinsharingourgreatsportwithnewaudiences.Itisidealor4-7yearoldswithaninterestingettingintocoachingtogetsomepracticaldeliveryexperience.Fulldetailsandanapplicationormathttpbritishencing.comuploadsflesgo.ence_leader_course_application_orm_-_hatfeld_...pdGOFENCELeadersCourse11thApril015NorwichEastern.ThisdaypracticalcourserunaspartoActiveNororksCoachEducationMonthisagreatchanceorpeoplewantingtogetinvolvedinsharingourgreatsportwithnewaudiences.Itisidealor4-7yearoldswithaninterestingettingintocoachingtogetsomepracticaldeliveryexperience.Fulldetailsandanapplicationormathttpbritishencing.comuploadsflesgo.ence_leader_course_application_orm_-_norwich_.4..pdC.M.VOLUNTEERPHOTOGRAPHERSWANTEDTheSwordislookingornewsourcesophotographyamongsttheBritishFencingcommunityorthepurposesopublication.Thesephotographscanbeactionshotsordepictanyencingstorythatisogeneralinterest.TobeconsideredsendyourphotographstoKarimBashiratmediabritishencing.com.Saywhoisinthemandwhattheydepict.WhatisinterestinginthesephotographsthatyouwouldlikeustonoticeIthereissucientresponseweplantoproduceaGalleryothebestphotographsselectedinautureissue.Tobeeligibleorconsiderationanyidentifableindividualmustbeovertheageo8andmusthaveknowledgethatyouareprovidingthistheseimagestoBritishFencingorrights-reeuse.Wecannotuseimagesoidentifableindividualsundertheageo8withoutasignedconsentormromasuitableguardian.Assuchwewillleanonthesideocautionwhenconsideringwhichimagestopublish.Noimagesprovidedwillbeusedoranycommercialgain. 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