4th July 2017:
New Adult Taster Sessions
Drop-in sessions for adults new to fencing are being offered on Monday evenings in July between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.
Recent feedback received: "Thank you for last night, I really enjoyed the session and I'm very much looking forward to starting the more formal course in September. Despite blowing my mind your coaching was fantastic and I really appreciated such a warm welcome, always a little intimidating walking into a sports hall full of people."
3rd July 2017:
Cadet & Junior British Championships 2017The Cadet & Junior British Championships took place this weekend in Nottingham. Head Coach Tim Miles is thrilled to announce Bath Sword Club has two new National Champions!
Congratulations to Ben Bates, who won the U20 Men's Foil, and Bronwen Granville, who won the U17 Women's Foil.
Many thanks to all those from the Club who stayed and supported both the fencers in their finals, it was a great weekend with many stand out moments from all the Cadets and Juniors who took part.
29th May 2017:
European Veterans Championships
Bath Sword Club duo Jane Hutchison and Michele Narey returned from the European Vets Championships in Italy with medals.
The pair were among an entry list of 1470 fencers, which is divided into five age categories for fencers over the age of 40 years.
Hutchison was seeded first in the Cat2 Sabre after the poule stage and received a bye into the round of 16. Meeting Bandieri of Italy in the final, Hutchison won convincingly and only conceded two hits.
Hutchison now holds the remarkable record of being a medallist at every women's sabre European Vets Championships since 2003, collecting 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze medals in this biennial event.
Meanwhile, Narey took a bronze medal in the Cat2 Sabre. She lost to the eventual German winner Janshen in the semis.
24th March 2017:
The British Veterans Fencing Championships took place earlier this month at the Manchester Fencing Centre. Bath Sword Club Veterans braved the M5/M6 journey turning out in force and achieved some excellent results.
The format of the Championships was new this year, with medals in each age group. Gold and silver medallists in categories 2 and above have qualified to fence for Great Britain at the Veterans World Championships which are being held in Maribor, Slovenia in October.
Women's sabre Cat 2 (50-59) Michele Narey - GOLD
Women's sabre Cat 3 (60-69) Jane Hutchison - GOLD
Women's epee Cat 1 (40-49) Sandra Egginton - 5th
Men's foil Cat 1 (40-49) Dominic Chang - GOLD,
Andy Courtney 7th
Men's foil Cat 2 (50-59) Tony Williams- 6th
Ira De N'Yeurt 14th
Men's foil Cat 4 (70+) Graham Paul - GOLD
Men's epee Cat 1 (40-49) Leslie MacDonald - SILVER
Men's epee Cat 3 (60-69) Rob Brooks - BRONZE
Men's epee Cat 4 (70+) Robin Davenport - GOLD
Graham Paul - BRONZE
11th February 2017:
Challenge Wratislava SelectionCongratulations to the Bath fencers Tabitha, Sam and Guinevere, who have been selected to represent England at the Challenge Wratislava competition in Poland in March.
7th February 2017:
Easter Training Camp 11th April - 13th April 2017
Non-residential camp to be held in the Founders Hall. All ages welcome, and an excellent opportunity to get some extra training in before the BYCs. Please contact Tim Miles to register or for more details.
Members £35.00/day Non-members £40.00/day
22nd January 2017:
European Cadet Foil
Also in action this weekend was Bronwen Granville at the European Cadet Foil in Pisa, Italy. Bronwen made her 3rd European Cadet L64 of the season in a strong field of 168 international fencers.
22nd January 2017:
2017 BYC Foil Qualifiers
This weekend saw a number of young Bath fencers take part in the SouthWest BYC Qualifiers.
At the foil competition at Millfield, Ollie Goodenough (U16 Mens) Arthur Bury and Fergus MacKenzie (U14 Mens) Emily Harbord, Jade Meyer and Karolina Sniarowska (U16 Womens) Daisy Barrow and Tabitha De N'Yeurt (U14 Womens), all made the last four and therefore qualified for the British Youth Championships in April.
Congratulations to Karolina who retained her South West U16 girls foil title winning the final 15/7 and Arthur Bury who became U14 boys champion in a tight bout that finished 10/9.
15th December 2016:
2016 Club Championships
During December our senior club fencers enjoyed a fun and highly competitive Club Championships. Many congratulations to all our medal winners, with a special mention to Rhiannon Granville who won the Womens Master at Arms Trophy this year, taking home two silvers and a bronze from the three weapons.
1st Ben Bates
2nd Warren Shillingford
3rd Rob Williams Dominic Chang
A good entry of 18 came down to the semi finals where Ben Bates managed to keep his exuberant style under control enough to subdue a very determined and skillful assault from Rob Williams. In the other semi final, perennial finalist Dom Chang did not quite have the gas to hold off Warren Shillingford's comeback in the last period. The final was a nip and tuck affair, astutely refereed by Glen Golding, with Ben just edging it 15/13.
1st Karolina Sniarowska
2nd Rhiannon Granville
3rd Bronwen Granville Esme Dyer
1st Piers Gilliver
2nd Nat Lewis
3rd Graham Paul Jack Stamper-Watling
1st Jane Hutchison
2nd Tania Gomez Garcia
3rd Michele Narey Rhiannon Granville
1st James Male
2nd Tom Ash
3rd Paul Donnelly Gerry Simpson
1st Tracey Rodford
2nd Rhiannon Granville
3rd Yasmin Al-Wagga Sandra Egginton
4th December 2016:
Bath Schools Foil and Sabre
Around 100 young fencers took part in the 2016 Bath Schools Competition, held at King Edward's School. Many were competing for the first time and all enjoyed a full day of fencing in a fun environment. Congratulations to Bath Sword Club medal winners:
1st Senior Boys Sabre Jack Stamper-Watling
1st Senior Girls Sabre Daisy Barrow
2nd Senior Boys Foil Ollie Goodenough
3rd Senior Boys Foil Fergus MacKenzie
1st Senior Girls Foil Tabitha De N'Yeurt
2nd Senior Girls Foil Jade Meyer
22nd November 2016:
Veterans Commonwealth Championships
Congratulations to Jane Hutchison and Michele Narey on their excellent results in the Veterans Commonwealth Championships held in Christchurch, New Zealand. Jane won Gold in the Women's Sabre (50-59) and Michele won Bronze in the same category. Jane won a second Gold medal in the Women's Team Sabre (England) with Michele winning a second Bronze (Scotland).
20th November 2016:
BRC Newcastle Foil U20 Ladies
Back in October, Rhiannon and Bronwen Granville both made the podium at the Newcastle BRC event. This is the first time that siblings have ever shared a podium at a Ladies U20 or senior event. Well done Team Granville!
British Team Men's Foil Championships
Congratulations also to Warren Shillingford, Ben Bates, and Rob Williams on reaching the semi finals at the weekend. This is the best Men's Foil Team result in our Club's history.
19th November 2016:
LPJS Bath Foil
One hundred and six fencers took part in the first Leon Paul Junior Series foil competition to be held in Bath for over ten years. King Edwards School provided us with a great venue and many club members helped to make the day a great success organising, refereeing and providing refreshments to all.
Several young Bath foilists took part with a number winning medals. Daisy Barrow and Arthur Bury won Bronze medals in the U13 girls and boys events respectively. Jack Courtney finished 6th and Matthew Harbord 17th. In the U15's Ollie Goodenough and Sam Ewing both won bronze medals whilst Emily Harbord and Esme Dyer finished 6th and 7th.
7th June 2016:
Bath Sword Club at the Royal Bath & West Show
Bath Sword Club staged an exhibition stand in the Sports Village at the Royal Bath & West Show near Shepton Mallet in Somerset, from 1st to 4th June 2016, the full duration of the 4 day show. Over 30 club members, 4 coaches and 7 volunteers helped to stage the event. The club ran a programme over the 4 days to include exhibition bouts on a roll out metallic piste under a marquee, to include a visit from Piers Gilliver, GBR wheelchair fencer. The focus of this event was to engage the visiting public to “have a go” at fencing. We used “Go fence” plastic swords and masks with our coaches and ran “ad hoc” taster sessions throughout each day. In all, we estimate that in excess of 300 members of the public participated in the taster sessions. We found ourselves located next to a zipper wire and it was perhaps inevitable that the concept of aerial fencing would be born!
Thank you to all members who helped make this event the success that it was and for making a significant contribution towards raising the profile of fencing in the South-West.
6th March 2016:
New British ChampionBen Bates today won the British U23 foil championships. This automatically qualifies him for the European U23 foil championships later in the year.
Bath fencer Isaac Mulcahy also took the bronze medal and Rob Williams and Ben Priestly made the L16.
This one of the best results for the club for a very long time.
Rhiannon Granville made the L16 in the ladies event yesterday.
Very well done to everybody!