I really have to thank [Martin Brill], and FeNZ, for having given me the opportunity to attend [the AFF Olympic Solidarity Coach] course -- I have benefitted from it in more ways than I can count. Beyond just the technical skills that were examined, Ioan Pop's insight into methodologies, and mindsets in the pedagogy of fencing were fascinating -- in particular the discussion on the new timings and the implications this has for teaching foil.
It's going to take me a while to thoroughly assimilate everything that is in the notes I have taken, but the methods Ioan demonstrated for structuring lessons for high level fencers (especially the interplay of the technical/tactical aspects of a lesson) have already clarified so many things for me.
It was also an excellent opportunity to meet and interact with other coaches from Australia and Malaysia in a friendly environment removed from the concerns and worries of a tournament setting.
The coaching team in Otago is going to undergo quite a workout over the next few weeks as I pass on what I have learned from the last five days!
Thanks once again, Dave
Dave, On behalf of our fencing community, thank you for having attended and thank you for your on going committment to fencing and service to fencers. I would also like to acknowledge and thank all your behind the scenes supporters from your own local fencing community who have contributed in their way and shared your journey to this point, well done.
I would also like to thank the other coaches who attended the Olympic Solidarity Coach Course, Sue Grant-Taylor, Barry More, and Daniel Chan and to also acknowledge and thank the fencing communities that support these coaches. Thank you, we are proud of you. Well done.
Finally I thank our International Fencing Federation (Federation Internationale d'Escrime), Olympic Solidarity, the Australian Fencing Federation and the New Zealand Olympic Committee for their support of this development opportunity for our sport and our coaches.
Thank you. Martin Brill, President Fencing New Zealand
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