London Fencing Club
August 2012 Newsletter, No 48
  Fencing at Olympics Visit to the Wallace Collection New Season starts

Olympic Fencing Results

The top blades clashing at the ExCel Arena were an inspiring sight. The Club's next set of beginners' courses is already full and so many ex-fencers express an urgent desire to come back on the piste. Be ready.

The fencing results at the Olympics provided quite a few surprises. It was great games for the teams of South Korea and Italy and most disappointing for France who perhaps for the first time in history haven't got a single medal. The UK team didn't get the target medal and the US dropped from 6 medals including 2 golds in 2008 to one bronze (even that by the skin of their teeth in 31:30 women's team epee against Russia). Russian head coach has resigned after no gold medals have been won by his team.

Medals in 2012
Medals in 2008
7 (3 gold)
7 (2 gold)
S. Korea
6 (2 gold)
1 (bronze)
3 (2 gold)
2 (1 gold)
1 gold
1 (bronze)
6 (1 gold)
4 (2 gold)

Visit to the Wallace Collection

This year the traditional Bank Holiday picnic will be substituted with tRapier hilthe visit to the Wallace Collection which is holding a cutting edge exhibition of Fashion and Fencing in Renaissance Europe. The exhibition presents some of the most outstanding rapiers, daggers, costumes and treatises on fencing. Still it fills in just two rooms, so fencer's legs would not get too tired during the visit. The rapiers will be immediately followed by the afternoon tea at the Collection Restaurant.

We're going to have a guided tour while looking at the rapiers. The tour is free for the members of the Club, however the number of places is limited, so if you're planning to take part RSVP at your earliest convenience.

Date and time: Monday, 27 August 2012, 2 pm. Tea at 3.15 pm.

Address:  Meet at the foyer of The Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN.

New Season

From September we return to the normal time table on Wednesdays (sabre class to take place at 8 pm at Finsbury Leisure centre, starting 5 September). I also expect a new sabre coach to start working on Wednesdays in the near future.

For those who're interested in taking part in competitions, the next opportunity close to home is Essex Open on Saturday, 1 September. Followed by Bristol Open on 15 September.

If you've never competed before but would like to try - please drop me an email and I'll put you in touch with our seasoned competitors, so you could follow them into the battle!

 Tim Gadaski

newsletter editor


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