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Update on return to training

posted 19 Jun 2020, 18:35 by David McFadyen   [ updated 19 Jun 2020, 18:53 ]

Following discussions with the QFA, which has in turn been in frequent communication with the state government and the Australian Fencing Federation, there are signs of a lifting of restrictions which will hopefully see a return to fencing as we knew it. At present, however, we don't know the date on which the club will be able to resume normal training.

The state government is (at present) planning to allow the resumption of indoor contact sports such as fencing from 11 July, subject to considerable restrictions. Unfortunately, this does not mean that our club at Indooroopilly will be able to resume from that date, as all QLD Education premises are not permitting any outside users onto their sites. This means that we cannot use the hall at Indooroopilly, nor the quadrangle outside which we have sometimes used in the past when the hall was unavailable. It also means that the QFA cannot access its venue at Yeronga SS for any state squads or competitions. At the time of writing, there has been no date proposed for lifting this restriction.

If this restriction is removed, or if we found an alternate venue, it would still probably not be viable to resume training due to the many other restrictions planned for stage 3 from July 11th. While none of these restrictions are individually impossible (other than not being permitted in our venue, of course!), their combination would make it almost impossible to run the club in any meaningful sense. The harsh penalties for even minor breaches of these restrictions, which the state government proposes to police thoroughly, also make it extremely risky to restart the club while attempting to follow a complex set of procedures.

Nonetheless, all these proposed restrictions are subject to change. Due to the relatively low spread of the disease in Australia, the relaxation of restrictions may occur faster than planned at this point. So while, at present, it does not look likely that we'll be able to resume even next term, this may change during the term or even early in it. In summary, I'm sorry to offer only negative information: we are not starting back yet, we don't know when we will restart, but we hope it will be soon. Until then, please watch this space.

Training Stopped until Further Notice

posted 25 Mar 2020, 08:20 by David McFadyen

We have been notified by the QFA that the Government requirement to close indoor sporting venues will mean that fencing will be shut down in Australia for the time being. Therefore, there will be no training until we are advised by the QFA that we can resume. We apologise for the inconvenience, and we hope that occasional footwork practice at home will tide everyone over the pangs of fencing hunger until we're back.

No Training Sat 28 March or 11 April

posted 16 Mar 2020, 18:25 by David McFadyen

There will be no fencing at Indooroopilly on Saturday 28 March due to the local government elections, nor on 11 April, Easter Saturday.  We will be training as normal on 4th April.

Training Resumes

posted 16 Jan 2020, 16:26 by David McFadyen

Saturdays at Indooroopilly will restart this Saturday, 18th, at the usual time of 9:30. We look forward to seeing everyone back for another year of fencing!

No Training Sat 27th July

posted 25 Jul 2019, 23:14 by David McFadyen

There will be no fencing this Saturday, 27 July, due to the school fete. We'll be back on Saturday week as usual.

No Training Saturday 18 May

posted 30 Apr 2019, 01:53 by David McFadyen

There will be no fencing at Indooroopilly on May 18th due to the federal election. While sausages are considered democratic, swords are not, and they have not been welcome at elections since the times of Gaius Marius. 

QLD Schools Individual Competition Sunday 17 March

posted 8 Mar 2019, 03:42 by David McFadyen   [ updated 11 Mar 2019, 04:45 ]

The first QLD Schools Individual Competition (known usually as 'schoolies') will be held on Sunday, 17 March, in Whites Hill College Hall, cnr Burn and Samuel Sts, Whites Hill (the hall faces onto Samuel St).  This event is an excellent chance for school-aged fencers to try a competition to see what it is like. All the equipment needed is provided. Fencers will need to be club or school members of the QFA.

The primary school foil divisions will start at 9am, and high school at 12:30pm. Fencers should aim to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the start time to allow time for entering, warming up and getting equipment on.

Training Resumes for 2019

posted 14 Jan 2019, 22:13 by David McFadyen

Fencing will return to Indooroopilly for 2019 this Saturday, 19th Jan. We will be back in the hall as usual at 9:30 am. 

This year, however, the QLD Fencing Association has changed its membership requirements, and will now require all fencers who have fenced for more than 3 months to become QFA club members, whether or not you are entering any competitions. This is an annual membership and costs $50. You can register and pay for this membership online at the website of the QFA.

No Training Sat 28 July

posted 26 Jul 2018, 04:32 by David McFadyen

There will be no training this Saturday, 28 July, due to Indooroopilly State School having their fete on that day. We will be back as normal the following Saturday.

No Training due to State Election

posted 20 Nov 2017, 15:14 by David McFadyen

There will be no training this Saturday, 25th November, due to the state election. Training will resume the following Saturday as usual.

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