Training is cancelled for ALL groups today as a result of the freezing rain. We will resume normal training schedule next Sunday.
Congratulations to our SFO fencers for another great tournament!
E Davies: GOLD Y14 Women's Foil
B DeGroot: GOLD Y14 Men's Foil
S Orr: Silver: Y14 Men's Foil
Both B Degroot and S Bell were top 8 finishers in Senior Men's Foil as well.
Way to go, SFO!
Congratulations to Spencer Orr and Blake Degroot for their results at the Windy City (Chicago) Superyouth tournament.
Cadet men's foil: Blake Degroot (16th).
Y14 men's foil: Spencer Orr (20th), Blake Degroot (22nd).
Y12 men's foil: Spencer Orr (6th).
Both faced the top American fencers, acquitted themselves well and it is very hard to finish in the top 32 of any of these events, let alone in the top 16 or 8.
All training is as usual this week with the exception of the elite footwork training on Saturday (Newmarket tournament).
A few reminders:
Saturday Dec 7th is the Family Movie Night at the club - a private showing of 'Goonies' and 'Christmas Vacation'. Please decide on the age appropriateness for your family. We will start at 630.
Dec 22nd will be the last training of 2019, and will also be our Chrismakkah or Hannukamas celebration. We will be doing the usual white elephant gift exchange (you bring a wrapped gift, it can be good, bad or indifferent/used/regifted as a wrapped gift and we go through a process of open, steal or keep) and pizza/snacks following a team tournament for everyone in the club. As many in your family can participate as you bring wrapped white elephant presents for. But do remember there is a strong possibility of walking away with some wrapped toilet paper! Plan accordingly. All training times, including beginner, will start at 12 noon and we will have the team tournament, social time as we go merrily along. Minifencers will join us at 2:30 for the holiday festivities.
The month of tournaments continues with Coach Marks in Chicago on Sat/Sunday. NO footwork class on Saturday, and stay tuned for Sunday's start time.
UPDATE Gareth Marks is not able to take the morning competitive class. As a result, we will have training jointly with the beginner class at 1-3 pm for all members of the competitive, elite and pre-elite teams with Coaches Godfrey and Bell.
Beginner and minifence will run at usual times.
M/T/W/Th training schedules run as per normal this week.
Another pretty amazing weekend of results, personal bests and first jumps into the wider pool of fencing by our athletes this past weekend at the Brock Open in St Catharines.
Many had their first tournament outside the club experience, and many jumped to fence in older age categories for the first time in addition to their own age or near age group. All apart of development, and each athlete made us proud, whether first time out of the club or first time against older athletes. Please congratulate them. Everyone showed well. (Photos: if you have more to add, please send them to coach Godfrey)
Y12 men's foil: Spencer Orr (SILVER), Cohen Bernard (10th), Dylan Shi (18th), Eric Cao (22nd)
Y14 men's foil: Blake Degroot (GOLD), Spencer Orr (SILVER), Aidan Bannan (21st), Nathan McMillan (23nd)
Y14 women's foil: Ellie Davies (6th)
Cadet men's foil: Nolan White-Roy (GOLD), Blake Degroot (8th), Ewan Peterson (12th)
Cadet women's foil: Ellie Davies (GOLD)
Junior men's foil: Nolan White-Roy (GOLD), Blake Degroot (8th), Ewan Peterson (14th).
Senior men's foil: Nolan White- Roy (13th), Blake Degroot (15th), Scott Bell (45th)
Veteran's men's foil: Scott Bell (BRONZE)
Keep Dec 8th open for our next family movie night at the club - we will be showing The Goonies, a classic of fromage from the 1980s. All SFO families are welcome; bring your own snacks, chairs or snuglies.
EDIT: Coach Godfrey protests: "The Goonies" is NOT fromage. Goonies never say die.
All training during T/W/Th is as normal but there is NO Saturday training and on Sunday anyone not going to Brock is welcome to train at 1pm with Coach Godfrey.
Congratulations to our athletes for outstanding results (again) at the Vango Young Dragons on the weekend of Nov 9-10. 4 gold medals, 1 silver and two bronze. (Photos)
Y10 Women's Foil: Ashley Davies 5th
Y10 men's foil: Cohen Bernard (GOLD), Quintin Vollmer (BRONZE)
Y12 Women's Foil: Ellie Davies (SILVER)
Y12 Men's Foil: Spencer Orr (GOLD), Cohen Bernard (11th), Dylan Shi (20th his first ever tournament!)
Y14 Women's Foil: Ellie Davies (GOLD)
Y14 Men's Foil: Blake Degroot (GOLD), Spencer Orr (BRONZE).
And it appears that the only club that beats SFO is SFO as we knocked out our own athletes in two events in the four.
Congratulations to our fencers who participated in the Ben Gutenberg Tournament in Rochester/Brockport NY over the weekend. We had two gold medals, two bronze and excellent results from all fencers in a tough field. (Photos here)
Y10 Mixed Foil: Ashley Davies BRONZE
Y12 Men's Foil: Spencer Orr GOLD
Y12 Women's Foil: Ellie Davies GOLD
Y14 Men's Foil: Orr 13T, Blake Degroot 13T
Y14 Women's Foil: Ellie Davies BRONZE
Cadet Men's Foil: Degroot 28
Remember the Mustang Invitational this weekend, and if you are planning to go to speak to Darren
Just two announcements this week:
On Wednesday (25th) at 730 pm, there is an armoury workshop in the club. Please bring any bodywires or foils that need to be rewired or fixed.
The 'as best we know' schedule is on the documents part of this website. I need to add the YDP events, and will do so in the next days but this is the tournaments as I am aware.
Please note that this is advance of the official announcements, but it helps to plan out the Ontario Winter Games qualifies for y12 and y14 athletes.
1. We are setting up a new streamlined accounting system, so you will be receiving invoices electronically. We are in the process of reconciling online payments with the accounting system, so please bear with us if you have paid and we sent an invoice. We should have everything running smoothly by the end of the week.
2. The newly minted Youth Development Program is now live for Ontario. I am biased, as we have designed the program, but it is our belief that this will help develop our youth athletes in a more intentional way and provide a regular platform for competition. In the fees are included 4 competitions (being set up) and 1 training camp. There are rewards for participation elsewhere and a pretty spectacular bonus for the top three athletes. Details are here:
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