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Sword wielding heros have become popular in today’s pop culture, with pirates, ninjas, samurai and of course Lucas’ Jedi and Sith capturing the imagination of adults and children alike. Now a club is opening which provides Tasmanians with the opportunity to have a go with swords in person.

Van Diemen Fencing Club has been quietly gathering a following of fencers in the Hobart region over the last eight weeks, running its first set of beginner fencing courses for ages five and over at the Glenorchy YMCA.

Coach Avril Holderness-Roddam is bringing techniques she picked-up while training in in Europe, along with a decade of fencing experience,”I started fencing in 2000, when I was thirteen. I was unfit and shy but after a few fencing classes, I started becoming more confident, I could see myself improving. I went on to compete and win medals both nationally and over seas.” 

Avril is now concentrating on building up her club, with the coaching philosophy that fencing should primarily be about having fun.  The official launch of the club will be on Tuesday, June 28, with the five to tens class from 5 to 6pm and the eleven and overs fencing from 6 until 8pm. Avril encourages Tasmanians to come along and have a go, “Fencing is so much fun, and it is a great way to get or stay fit without even thinking about it. For kids, fencing helps develop coordination, agility, balance and good sportsmanship.”

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Van Diemen Fencing Club official launch.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
YMCA Glenorchy - access through Fit N Fun gym

Public welcome.
Come and have a go at fencing, or just watch.
There will be a display about fencing and coaches there to answer any questions you may have.

Ages 5 to 10, 5-6pm.
Ages 11+, 6-8pm.
The first set of beginner fencing courses will come to an end on June 21. From June 28, the club will be open to everyone with or without fencing experience. Then our next set of beginner fencing courses will run on Saturdays from July 9th and Mondays from July 11th.