Newsletter, No 34
I hope you had excellent
holidays, saw new places and had delicious food and wine while! Now the
new fencing season
is starting in September. Your coaches now will do their best to get
you back into shape using a variety of exercises improving endurance,
cardio-vascular ability and your fencing finesse. If you missed
too many lessons during the summer do not give in: let us know and
we'll try to arrange for some complimentary tuition for you!
Club Championships • Fencing in Beijing
• New season begins • Sword rattling in Italy
| Celebrating the final hit: Ukraine vs China
Fencing in Beijing
It was difficult to find it on the telly, perhaps because the three
British fencers: Richard Kruse, Alex O'Connell and Martina Emanuel were
knocked out at the early
stages of the tournament. Yet, pass the patriotic pomp, there
was plenty of excellent fencing to look at!
The Chinese breakthrough in many of the Olympic disciplines was evident
fencing as well. Ten years ago no one would imagine a Chinese fencer in
the top 8 of a major competition. Now they won gold and silver medals
leaving behind such reputable fencing nations as Russia, Romania and
Hungary. The Chinese medals came in sabre which in large part can be
attributed to the work of their coach Christian Bauer. In the previous
Olympics Bauer was working with the Italian team and then they too won
gold. I guess this just confirms that you need to listen to every word
on the coaches in the class!
The big shock of the games was that Hungarians got only one - bronze -
medal. This is probably their worst performance in the last 100 years.
Yet other all time favorites France and Italy featured well once again
taking the 1st and the 2nd place. American sabre women took all
the medals in the individual tournament. However when the medalists
formed a team they only managed the 3rd place behind the Ukraine and
If you can still have a look at the fencing highlights of the Games: http://www.eurovisionsports.tv/olympics/
(Highlights by Sports - Fencing). Or smaller coverage on the BBC
The 34 year old foilist Valentina Vezzali became the first Italian to
win three consecutive individual Olympic gold medals. Vezzali has also
Olympic teams golds, 10 Worlds championship golds and 60 World Cup
titles. She only fell out of the top 2 in 2005, when she missed most of
the fencing season being pregnant with son Pietro. She returned from
maternity leave a few months later to win her 4th world championship.
| Our people on
5 July 2008
The club championships gathered more
than 50 participants and went in the atmosphere of mutual support and
appreciation. Some of the participants competed the first time in their
lives (and I hope not last!). But while men's poules were very
busy we still need more women on the competitive piste:
particularly in sabre and epee!
Here are the names of the champions and the medalists:
1. Maribel Glogowski
2. Elaine McGregor
3. Cristel Chaudet
1. Anthony Kingsley (2nd time!)
2. Etienne DeBurgh
3. Gerhard Elfers / Albert Chung
1. Yolande Deane
2. Bronagh Miskelly
3. Erin Solomons / Alena Alaikseyeva
1. Patrick Jackson
2. Olivier Huin
3. Simon Warwicker / Quentin Moore
1. Chrissy Flounders
2. Ondine Bourrut Lacouture
3. Rachel Brookes / Lucy Harris
1. Rajeeve Parmar
2. Adeel Iqbal
3. Alex Leithers / Lorenzo
Congratulations to all!
Foil final: Elaine vs Maribel
Another foot trick from Raj in the epee final against Adeel.
Adeel was recovering
from an injury while Raj - from a hangover, so it was a fair
bout. The hangover
Boys and their alloys: Patrick, Simon and Olivier
Fencing trip to Lake Maggiore
North Italy, 30 Sept - 5 Oct 2008
not too late to join in!
About the area
The lakes region of northern Italy is not just home to the
famous, but also a hosting ground for sports and cultural activities
year round. Blessed with the riches of natural beauty and historical
significance, these bodies of water and the Alps and the pre-Alps
surrounding them abound with castles, ancient churches, renown
nunneries, assorted museums, fragrant gardens, waterfalls, spas, ski
resorts, hiking grounds and beaches.
Lake Maggiore is the largest lake in the area and the second
in all of Italy. It presents stunning views of the white-peaked Alps.
Where we stay
Casa Speroni is located in the sleepy town of Nasca, an hour's
from Milan, at the foot of the Alps. It features murals painted by the
late proprietor/artist Mario Speroni. The house is within walking
distance from Lake Maggiore. It is managed now by Paolo Roselli, former
Italian sabre squad member. Have a look on http://www.casasperoni.com
for more pictures.
The following activities are common amongst the visitors to
area: spiritual well being, sailing, visiting castles and the
monastery, wine tasting, shoe shopping and yes, fencing! We will try to
attempt all the above and put some variety into the fencing programme
too: instead of sticking with one club as during the previous trips,
we'll try to visit as many as we can which probably means a new fencing
company (and probably a meal afterwards) every evening.
£350 will cover the accommodation and the visitors' fees
fencing clubs. Expect a welcome dinner on the arrival courtesy of our
Easyjet flights from Gatwick to Milano Malpensa at the
£88 including taxes. There are three daily flights, some at very
Depart from Gatwick 30 Sept at 13.30 Arrive Milano 16.40 (flight 5295)
Return: Milano 16.10 Arrive 17.05 (flight 5294)
I hope it all looks good to you! It'd probably make
sense to buy the tickets for the flight before the price goes up. You
can also travel on your own and meet us at Casa Speroni on the evening
of the 30th of September.
The payments to be collected during the first week of September.
Please note that we'll be using the Activity Room upstairs on 30 August
and 13 September.