Pre-Nationals training day with Frank Bartolillo

Several ANU fencers recently participated in a one day training event with Australian Olympian, Commonwealth Gold medalist, and former Australian National Men's Foil and Sabre champion Frank Bartolillo.

Frank shared his expertise on preparation for competitions, his philosophy around setting goals, and stressed the importance of acting with good sportsmanship in everything that you do.

The fencers took part in a series of drills to exercise their fitness, agility, footwork, and bladework. He also oversaw a series of structured fencing bouts and gave feedback to the fencers.

ANU fencers came away energised for nationals. The ANU Fencing club also got a lot of good ideas for new drills and exercises to incorporate into training.

Thanks again to Frank for coming down from Sydney. Thanks also to ACTFA and to Maison Escrime for hosting and organising the event.

Some of the participants of the event with Frank

Some of the participants of the event with Frank

ANU at the 2017 State Open and Novice Championships

The ANU Fencing Club had a great time over the Canberra Day weekend down at the Tuggeranong Multi-sport Centre for ACTFA's State Open and Novice Championships. ANU Fencers competed in all weapons. There were also a number of ANU fencers who helped to referee, and to help run the canteen.


Notable results from ANU Fencers

Open Men's Foil

  • D'arcy Jessop — Bronze
  • Matt Bondfield — Top 8

Open Womens Epee

  • Kate Curtis — Silver

Open Mens Epee

  • Jeremy Shelley — Gold
  • Kelven Peh — Bronze
  • Michael Spencer — Top 8
  • David Peilshmidt — Top 8
  • Dale Drummond — Top 8

Novice Mixed Epee

  • Phutaneth Lohsakul — Gold

Open Womens Sabre

  • Alice Warrington — Bronze
  • Amanda Ford — Bronze

Open Mens Sabre

  • Grant McKay — Silver
  • Jeremy Sadler — Bronze
  • Adam Bartley — Top 8

Thanks to Chris Sadler for taking photos, to Carl Makin for running the DT and to the ACTFA committee for organising the competition weekend.

Recent competition news

Congratulations to all our club members for their recent (-ish) fencing achievements at a state level and even further afield.


  • Jeremy Sadler won a Bronze in the NSWFA Novak Open Men's Sabre Competition
  • Chris Sadler won a Silver in the NSWFA Tony Dominguez Mixed Veteran Epee Competition
  • Cath Syme won a Bronze in the NSWFA Southern Highlands GP Open Womens Epee (it says "Southern Highlands" on her club affiliation but we know where her loyalties lie)


  • Nigel Nutt won Gold at DH McKenzie (AFC1) in the Veteran Men's Foil!
  • Jeremy Shelley won Silver at DH McKenzie (AFC1) in the Open Men's Epee!


Representing Australia, D'arcy Jessop and Alice Warrington both received medals for their performance at the 2016 SEA Pacific Championships. D'Arcy won a Silver medal as part of the Australian Cadet Mens Foil B Team, and Alice won Bronze with both the Australian Cadet and Junior Womens Sabre teams.

Local man finishes pokedex

Ash, 21, finished his pokedex today by catching the 710th pokemon. It took 236 hours. 

He will be taking questions and signing autographs at Tuesday training from 7:30 PM, and staring vacantly at the wall at all other times.

The beginners course is underway

Our future Uni Games athletes are just getting started.

Our future Uni Games athletes are just getting started.

We had a great response to the beginners course for Semester 1, with a full Tuesday and a pretty busy overflow group on Sunday as well. They seem like they're getting the hang of it already, and the club is happy to have them.

If you're new to fencing and you missed out but you're still interested in joining the club, join our Facebook group or send us an email and get in touch.

There's still time for signups to the beginners' course!

We've had a great response to the beginners' course for block one—in fact, we've had so many people apply that we're now oversubscribed.

Not to worry, though. We're going to run an extra five-week course on Sundays, starting on the 28th February. The course starts at 11.30 each week—plenty of time to drag yourself out of bed and get down to ANU Sport.

You can sign up on the beginners course page, and if you've got any questions drop us a line on the Facebook group or via email at anufencingclub @ gmail dot com.

Storm Damage update: Further delays

Over the weekend there was another big storm that caused some more damage to the hall that's currently under refurbishment.

This has pushed out the day that the hall is suitable for use to 8 February. This shouldn't affect the scheduled training on Tuesday 9 Feb—hopefully it stays dry in the meantime.

The ANU Sports Hall has been damaged by flooding :(

[Updated 28 Jan]

Do you remember that great weather we had late last week? All the storms, etc.? Well, it rained so hard that the roof at ANU Sport leaked while they were resurfacing the hall. So now they have to do it again.

The original resurfacing work was due to be completed today, but this date has been pushed back because of the damage. We won't be back in until February 4 (Thursday).

This won't affect the panel discussion that's happening instead of Witness The Fitness on 28 January.

ANU Fencer Jeremy Shelley got a write-up on the ANU Sport Website!

And we didn't have anything to do with it!

ANU student, Jeremy Shelley, has been getting to the point in the 2015-16 fencing season. After winning the Australian University Championship and finishing on the podium at a qualifying national tournament in Adelaide, Jeremy was selected for the Australian Fencing Team for the first time for the 2015-16 international season.

More puns here at the original article.