2017 Club Committee

Note: Committee members without pictures have been substituted with images of Powerful Owls. These committee members are definitely people — Owls are not permitted to hold office in the club. For now.


Michael Cook—President

Michael joined the ANU Fencing Club in 2008 after participating in a 'come-and-try' night. He briefly fenced and coached at the CSU-Bathurst Fencing Club in 2011, before rejoining ANUFC. 

Michael is a sabreur and foilist, qualified sabre coach, and accredited club level referee in all three weapons. In addition to his role at ANUFC, Michael is the NSW Fencing Association State Regional Director. 

A public servant by profession, Michael loves making spreadsheets and org charts.


Alister Oulton—Vice-President

Alister has been fencing for 5 years now, but you couldn't tell.  His fencing technique resembles John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, and his secondary weapon is a board with a nail in it. [Disclaimer: we do not permit secondary weapons].

Alister's (actual) weapon is sabre, but he will happily explain and help out with foil and épée too. Although no longer studying at ANU, he will be assisting club fencers in their preparation for UniGames this year.


William O'Neil—Secretary

William is an alive human being who enjoys fencing alongside his many other hobbies, including pulling weeds out of his garden, playing board games, and sleeping in. Primarily a foilist, he returned to fencing in 2015 after a long absence.

A software developer by trade, William is originally from New Zealand—but don't hold that against him.


Ash Mills—Treasurer

The bad boy Treasurer of the ANUFC, they had to amend the constitution to rein him in.
Ash came to Canberra to study and despite graduating he is still here for vague reasons he seems unable to elaborate on. He has been fencing for several years, surprisingly, and may also have interests in other things.

Ash has helped to teach beginners in the past and is more than happy to help those getting started in Fencing. Ash enjoys all three weapons, but will usually be found staring wistfully at his foils while doing admin.


Oli Chan—Student Engagement Officer

Oli is primarily a foilist, whose main purpose in the club is to handle the opinion and feedback of the student body at the club, looking at ways to improve everyone’s experience, while also providing guidance and act as a point of contact for our newer members.

He assists coaching the Beginners Course, and helping the novices find their feet, but these days spends more time walking around telling people what they’re doing wrong than actually fencing.


Joanna Cui

Joanna is a self-proclaimed terrible fencer and a clueless newbie, but she's always keen to help out!

A second-year law student and proud Sydneysider who has problems with overcommitment, she's always busy with something, or late for something, or needs to be somewhere else but is here against her better judgement.


James Downie

Once again we meet at last. I am the man with no name: James Downie at your service. Many will know me as the old minister without portfolio, but I have decided to join the committee because I believe a good leader needs abilities like boldness, daring and a smooth velour uniform and I’m not convinced that Mike has any of those things. But seriously if you ever want quality banter or less quality fencing advice I’m always happy to give my time to you and to this grand old club.


Dale Drummond

Dale is from WA and moved to Canberra four years ago for uni. He has a degree in Physics from the ANU.

Outside of fencing Dale likes playing other sports including field hockey, squash, and Hearthstone.


Adrian Hindes

Heyo folks! Adrian here; undergraduate science/maths/who-the-hell-knows student, who happens to like slashing and poking people with swords in his spare time. When I say I'm a science student though, I specifically mean the One True Scienceᵀᴹ aka Physics, and when I say student, I mean stumbling through coursework and studying whilst half-distracted with research projects I get involved in over on the other side of the campus. I also like writing on the side for Woroni (the ANU student newspaper) and a couple other blogs (one of which I get paid for — whoa!).


D'Arcy Mullamphy

Hi!  I'm (hopefully) a recent PPE graduate and current Economics Honours student. I’ve been fencing since 2015, but have as of yet only really tried my hand at sabre. I’ll be acting as a general committee member, and so have no specific role in the club, other than helping out in decision making and carrying things.


David Peilschmidt — Excellence in Sport Officer

Hello, my name is David and I am the new ESO for the ANU fencing club. I study system engineering and I am in my third year of studying. I look forward to working with all of the members of the fencing club to help to try and improve it.





Ellen Phiddian

Ellen has been fencing on and off since she started high school.  She came to Canberra for study in 2013 and has been fencing at ANU since 2015.  Her primary weapon is foil, and almost all of her gear is less than 30 years old and totally safe to use in bouts.  Her other hobbies include sewing, bushwalking, and setting her bare hands on fire.



The 2016 Club Committee was Chu Bing, Michael Cook, Dale Drummond, KL Ho, Harris Law,  Ashley Mills, William O'Neil, Alister Oulton, Isabella Robinson, Evelyn Shi, and Yilu Zhang. They are all terrific people and we are grateful to them for volunteering.