Call for more young fencers

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Look Local - Lisa Thomas

THE Univer­sity of Western Aus­tralia Fenc­ing Club is call­ing on chil­dren to get in­volved in the an­cient sport.

The club, which is based at the UWA Clare­mont In­ter­na­tional Mar­tial Arts Cen­tre, is start­ing its 2017 sea­son and look­ing for new mem­bers aged 6 to 16.

Club pres­i­dent Ben Pe­den said the club was cel­e­brat­ing its 70th birth­day this year and reg­u­larly pro­duced top ranked fencers.

“Fenc­ing is an ex­cit­ing, safe, mod­ern and fast paced sport,” he said. “It helps to build bal­ance, co-or­di­na­tion, agility and fitness.

“Fenc­ing is of­ten called ‘light­ning chess’ as par­tic­i­pants must use their brains as well as their re­flexes to out-ma­noeu­vre their op­po­nent.

“Fenc­ing ap­peals to any­one who en­joys a phys­i­cal chal­lenge, as well as peo­ple who might want to try some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, and those for whom a team sport doesn’t ap­peal.”

To join the club or for in­for­ma­tion, email pres­i­dent@uwafenc­ or call Ben on 0413 426 595

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d464218

Beau Lus­combe (12) and Jake Pi­ran (11) with Ben Pe­den.

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