Fencing is an ancient art and also a modern sport but you don't have to be an Olympian to enjoy fencing. Our clubs will cater to all ages and levels - from nervous beginners and ‘social' fencers to would-be world champions. And you never know you may have the opportunity to meet one of New Zealand’s own Olympic fencers in your club or at a competition.
Check out your local club or if there is not a club near, contact your Regional Sports Trust and ask them to help you find similar interested people in your community with a view to forming a club.
What Will be Needed?
Essential Thing To Take: Most of all, get along and take your imagination along and let it run wild.
Clubs may provide for hire / rent / loan equipment that beginners may use.
Normal Equipment to Expect to be Used:
- Weapon (normally foil, but epee, or sabre may be offered).
- Protective under “plastron”
Clubs may operate a second hand market place, or equipment and material can be purchased new.
Note: For hygene reasons it is preferable to obtain your own glove – either a bought fencing glove or initially a light weight glove (gardening, cotton, or wool) to provide protection.
What To Wear:
Footware – indoor sports shoes.
Tracksuit and Tee Shirt are the recommended sport clothing to wear to fencing
Equipment that is Used at Clubs and Competitions:
The amount of specialised equipment required for a competition varies, depending on the level of the competition. There are essentially three categories of competition:
- Non-Electric Equipment – visual (most often used for novices and school/youth Competitions)
- Electric Equipment (Schools Competitions and other regional Competitions)
- FIE Electric Equipment (FeNZ and NZ Cup events)
If you are interested in taking up fencing, contact your local club.
If you want to find a coach click here.
If you prefer you could contact any of the following people to obtain more information about fencing and the clubs in your area :
Katie Logan, Secretary – Fencing North : firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Holand, Sectretary – Fencing Central : email@example.com
Ross Younger, Secretary – Fencing Mid South : firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephen Sowerby, Secretary- Fencing South : email@example.com