I am a parent of a fencer at UWA fencing club. I have been involved in organising fundraising activities and organising various events such as the Asian Masters in 2015 and National Cadets/U15 this year. I always enjoy watching my son fence, even though it gets a bit too nerve-racking at times.
I was introduced into the fencing community when my son Matt first fenced foil at UWA Fencing Club and represented Western Australia. Matt no longer does so much fencing but I enjoy being a part of the community and do a bit of beginners fencing myself. I remain the worst fencer in the club, so I can only improve my ranking. I work in climate forecasting, which is irrelevant for fencing as we are indoors.
I started fencing when I was nine and fell in love with the sport. I’ve been volunteering for both my club and the state in a variety of roles for years, and I have represented the state in all three weapons. In addition to fencing, I’ve refereed epee and foil at a state level as soon as I left the Under 13 category. I now referee all three weapons at a state level, and I’m currently working towards gaining national accreditation in all three weapons.
My interests as a Director of the Board are in officiating and tournaments.
I started my journey into the world of fencing in 1999 at Cavalier Fencing Club, initially taking up foil before discovering a love of epee. Since the very beginning I have regularly competed at both local and national levels, in all 3 weapons and have held both the State Women Open and Veteran Women Epee Championship title.
I bring to the board my previous experience serving as Treasurer on the W.A.F.A committee which saw me help them raise money for the first Australian Fencing Competition when held in WA in 2003. I took a break in 2004-2005 due injury and world travel, returning in 2006 to continue my fencing career. In 2008 I took on the Head Coach role at my club, Cavalier’s, where I also restructured how the sessions where run to focus on fitness, footwork and blade skills. In 2012 I helped set up the club handicap competitions for all 3 weapons which welcomes competitors from all clubs across WA as well as visitors from interstate and overseas. The competition focuses on allowing fencers of all levels to compete in a fun and friendly environment.
My volunteering in fencing over the years has seen me receive multiple awards including City of Stirling Community Coaching Award and life membership with both Cavalier Fencing Club and Fencing WA.
My interests as a Director of the Board are in coaching and development.
Internal and External Communications, Publicity and Inquiries Officer – Cedric Bauer
Nine year old me stumbled across fencing after reading about it in a sports encyclopedia. Foil has stuck with me ever since
and now I try to give a little bit back to this great community. I’m currently sponsored by UWA for my fencing, where I’m
locked in to do a Masters in Education to become a high school teacher after completing my Bachelor’s degree in Biology &
Science Communication. Amongst some of my current jobs, I enjoy casual employment at Scitech, the Australian Science
Communicators (National Co-Editor), and being self-employed as a Contract Carpenter. I also referee and direct
tournaments for some State, UNI Games & National Competitions and I give weekly private lessons to my young protege.