Questions

Where is the venue?

Edith Cowan University
Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre (Building 21)
Cnr Learoyd and Woodsome St, Mount Lawley
Western Australia

ECU Mount Lawley Campus Map

The venue boasts a non-slip high-tech floor surface, excellent lighting, a fitness centre, change room facilities and an undercover car park. If you want to find out more about what is offered by the Mt Lawley Sport and Fitness Centre, visit http://www.ecu.edu.au/fas/sport/

The carpark will be open until the building has been vacated. The south facing door, leading from the centre onto the Mt Lawley SHS site, is closed after 3pm. This means you will not be able to access the flight of stairs leading to the car park at that end.

What are the session times?

Fencing for 2021

Monday

6.00 – 8.00 pm Fencing + State Foil Training

Wednesday

6.30 – 9.30 pm Fitness, Footwork, Fencing

Saturday

1.30 – 2.30 pm  (during school term) Bladez (under 14yrs)
12.45 – 4.30 pm  Club Handicap Competition (refer to calendar)
2.00 – 4.30 pm    Fitness, Footwork, Fencing
2.30 – 4.00 pm    Beginners (14yrs+), when a course is running.

What should I wear and bring?

You need to wear long track-pants or sports leggings and sports shoes. Make sure you bring a water bottle as well. All fencing specific equipment is available for hire (see below).

Please Note: For safety reasons shorts or other pants ending above the knees are not acceptable for fencing. Jeans are also not suitable for fencing. Wearing short pants or jeans may lead to your exclusion from fencing at that session.

What is the age range of your members?

Our members have ranged in age from around 8 to 80+ and there is no problem at all taking up fencing later in life. We have a special “Bladez” group of younger fencers (8/9 to 13 years old) that runs from 1.30 to 2.30pm on Saturdays during school terms.

How do I know if fencing is for me (or my child)?

If you are over 13 years old or over then you can attend a 7 week beginners course to see whether fencing is for you.  Details on beginners courses and bookings can be found here.  Please refer above for the cost of the course.

For children 8/9-13 years, we have a group called “Bladez” that fences Saturday afternoons during school terms. Email us if you would like to organise a two-week trial for $20.

You are also welcome to come along and watch a session to get an idea of what is involved in fencing. Send us an email to find out when is a good time and date to suit your needs.

How much does it cost to join Cavaliers in 2021?

Membership fees can be paid per year or per term.

  • Bladez class for ages 13* and under – $300 per year.
    • An initial, once-off trial is available for $20 for two weeks. Please email ahead of time to organise a trial.
  • Juniors under 20 years* – $320 per year.
  • Seniors 20 years* and above – $400 per year.
  • A small additional fee is charged by RegisterNow for each registration

* Ages are calculated as at 1 January.

In addition, an annual Fencing WA affiliation fee is required for all fencers. This includes an optional competition capitation, if you wish to compete in national competitions. For details, see the FWA website.

Equipment hire for use at the club is included for Bladez memberships and beginners courses. Additional fees are required to hire equipment for other members who do not have their own kit, available as part of online registration. Please discuss with a Committee member if you wish to borrow equipment for an outside competition.

All above fees are non-refundable.

Are discounts available on membership fees?

Discounts for two or more people from the same family are available at the committee’s discretion. See our online registration link for details, and please forward any questions to our Registrar.

Some WA children (up to 18) may be eligible for financial support via KidSport.  This is a government initiative and is external to Cavaliers. To find out more and apply for a KidSport voucher, refer to the KidSport website. Successful applicants will need to communicate with the club to exchange voucher information.

Can I purchase gift certificates for fencing at Cavaliers?

Yes you can purchase gift certificates for beginners courses only and they are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.  Please email our secretary at secretary for more details.

Do you have equipment that can be borrowed until I get my own?

Yes, Cavaliers is very lucky to have a range of jackets, plastrons, masks, gloves, body wires, lamés and weapons that can be borrowed during fencing sessions only. In order to maintain the equipment and replace any of it that gets broken we do charge an equipment borrowing fee.

Members who purchase kit hire and registered Bladez members will be allocated a set of non-electric kit to use at sessions. These must be returned at the end of each year.

Electric equipment including wires, lamés and weapons, can be borrowed during sessions at the discretion of the Committee, and must be returned to the cabinets after each session.  Discuss with a committee member 1-2 weeks ahead of time if you wish to borrow equipment for an external competition.

Fencers who have been members for a year or more are encouraged to purchase their own kit. Commitee members and experienced fencers are happy to advise you and help with questions. We also have a representative for one of the equipment suppliers who can help you with orders.

How do I join?

If you have fencing experience – for example if you have moved to WA from interstate or oversease – drop us an email for more information.

For beginner fencers aged 14 or older, we hold a number of Beginners’ Courses each year. The Beginners’ Course lasts 7 weeks, during which you will learn the basics of fencing across all three types of weapon (foil, epee, and sabre). Once you have finished the Beginners’ Course, you can join the club and keep building your fencing skills and experience.

For fencers aged 13-and-under, our Bladez class runs during school terms. Send us an email to find out about the next term.

What level of coaching can I expect?

All Beginner Courses, Footwork Training and Weapon Specific Skills Groups are conducted by our volunteer club coaches who are Level 1 Australian Accredited and have experience competing at a National level.  Cavaliers also has a number of enthusiastic volunteer junior coaches to assist in club coaching, who aim to become accredited shortly.

Is it possible to become a coach myself?

It certainly is. Generally, once you have about two or three years of fencing experience you should be able to pass the Australian Level one course.

Can I get private lessons?

A number of coaches in WA take private lessons. Availability of coaches and cost of lessons are determined by the coaches themselves. If you are interested in private lessons, Cavaliers can provide you with contacts to approach.

What competitions are available in WA?

Usually there are a great deal of state competitions in a year. These cover men’s and women’s, juniors, novice, open, veterans, teams and invitation tournaments for all 3 weapons. See the Fencing WA website for more information, including a calendar of events. Interstate and even international events are also available for more experienced fencers – see the FWA website for more information. Points from all these competitions go towards FWA’s annual awards.

Our club also holds a number of in-club fun competitions each year, where fencers accrue handicap points throughout the year. These are open to fencers from other clubs as well as our own. A printout of upcoming competition dates is pinned to equipment cabinets at the club, and are also available via our Facebook page.

How big is fencing in WA?

Fencing is growing fast in Western Australia. WA fencers are present at most national tournaments, with our juniors playing a prominent role. Cavaliers has several of its junior fencers amongst the top fencers of Australia, some of whom fence internationally. Western Australia is now the third largest fencing state in Australia.

Can I fence and socialise if I don’t particularly wish to compete?

Yes! You are welcome to come along to learn to fence, socialise and meet friends. Entering competitions, whether small scale in-club competitions or wider state- or national- level, are a great way to build your fencing skills and have fun. But they are not compulsory!

We typically start and finish the season with a social catch-up for old and new members as well as holding a number of other fencing and non-fencing social events throughout the year.

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