Things are on the move at FeNZ, and we want you all to be a part of it.
There have been a lot of changes on the FeNZ Board recently, so we figure it’s a great time to have a completely fresh look at what we do - right across our fabulous sport in NZ.
The remainder of this year is going to be pretty intense, with our team about to leave for Commonwealths in London; SS Nationals and U15/17/20 Nationals in Sept; Oceania Senior Champs in October; and the Olympic Solidarity Foil Technical Coaching Foil Course in December. We’ll also be announcing a significant Refereeing opportunity very soon.
While all of that’s going on though, newly appointed Treasurer Stephen Peterson is planning to come around the country talking to people at Clubs and Tournaments - simply to find out what you, the people who matter, think are the really important things we need to focus on.
This is something we truly believe is important, so please, talk to Stephen when you get the chance and fill him full of ideas! He’s captured some great concepts already after the first few chats.
Once we understand where we are as a sport today and what is important for you we will create a plan to work together in a sustainable way to grow and shape our amazing sport into the future.
This first step is going to take a little time, but our intent is to have a draft plan for feedback out before the end of the year and for implementation from early in 2023
I hope you all take the opportunity to share your ideas and get into propelling our fantastic and super cool sport to where we all want it to be.
Stephen Peterson bio
I started fencing in the 1980s in Wellington, following in the footsteps of my father. I competed at National Secondary School and U20s levels and established a fencing club at Massey University in 1988. I’ve spent 12 years living in Hong Kong, Singapore, London and Houston, and returned to NZ in 2005. I’m married to Irene and have two children. One of them, Nolan, is fencing and we are both heading to the Commonwealth Champs next week.
This photo is from 2014 – Richard, Stephen and Nolan Peterson
Happy Fencing - Stephen