'Logbook' Newsletter T1 2023



Hey there,

We’d like to welcome you back to the Logbook with our first edition of the year! After a relaxing holiday, the Club and it’s Marauders have returned enthusiastically to fencing. Plenty has been going on both in and outside of the club as we start 2023 by covering both operational and fencing updates!

Brand New Equipment funded from NSW Local Sport Grant Program

The start of the new year has seen our Club refresh its armoury of fencing equipment to improve Marauders’ fencing experience. Our Club was part of the Local Sport Grant Program last year, a local government program aiming to support grassroots sporting clubs to increase participation, host events, improve access and enhance sport and recreation facilities.

With the funding, Marrickville Marauders was able to acquire two brand new fencing piste setups, including spools, ground leads and scoring boxes. The scoring boxes are battery powered, making our fencing setup more mobile and more flexible. We were also able to purchase 12 new sets of individual fencing gear for both equipment hire and for beginners.

International results in Uzbekistan and Bulgaria

Our competitive team continue to grow with Marauders Gaia and Daniel representing Australia in the Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The pair took part in both individual and team events, taking on some of the biggest rising fencing talent in the region in early March. Gaia reached an amazing Top 16 (13) result in Juniors, before being defeated by a local Uzbek favourite. Her team went on to place 5th in the same category. Despite a hand injury, Daniel similarly fought well, with a 42nd finish in a strong Cadet Men’s field and a 34th finish in his team event, along with a 46th finish in the Junior category.

School programs increase fencing’s youth reach

While a long-standing staple in a small number of schools, the equipment-heavy sport of fencing has not always been easily accessible by the wider majority of schools in Sydney. Marrickville Marauders has been continually establishing school programs run by our nationally accredited coaches and experienced fencers as a way to increase local access to our sport.

Our coaches are currently teaching at fencing programs at Trinity Grammar School, Ferncourt Primary School and Sydney Boys High School. Know a school looking for a new sport? Get in touch with us!

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