Northern Championships and State U/15 Foil Club Teams Championship 

On the one weekend fencers travelled to Newcastle and Sydney to enjoy two days of competition. Siobhan Elliott, Sinead Elliott, Lewis Stonebridge and Chris Roberts travelled to Newcastle to compete at the Northern Championships. A number of high results and 5 medals were won on the day with a First in Under 18 Mens Foil, Second Open Mens Foil, First and Second in Open Womens Foil, First Under 18 Womens Foil and 8th Mens Epee.

The next day Sinead Elliott, Ethan Hammond and Toby Lowing joined together to fence in the NSW State U/15 Club Teams Championship. In a close fought result, the team narrowly missed out on the gold medal match and finished winning the bronze medal.

NSW Under 15 Schools Team Competition

Riley Callan, Nathaniel Shead and Tim Porritt represented Penrith High School in the NSW Under 15 Schools Team Competition.  Fencing for the first time together as a team the boys displayed a strong team spirit and qualified for the Direct Elimination round before being defeated by the eventual competition winners - Sydney Grammar. 

2nd State Epee Novice Competition

Darryl Mason entered the largest epee novice competition for the year.  After finishing the pools in 4th place he then fenced two close direct elimination bouts to make the finals.  In the bout for first place, scores were tired at nine all at the end of regular time.  In the additional one minute to decide the winner, Darryl got his point on target to score the winning hit for first place.

Cadet National Championships

Over the first weekend in July the best young fencers in Australia with competitors from New Zealand and Singapore met in Sydney for the Australian Championship.  James Frith entered and defeated competitors from South Australia, Queensland and Singapore.  He found his best form in the direct elimination rounds and progressed through to finish 8th in Australia.  The following day James was selected to represent NSW 'A' in the national state team championship.  The best four NSW boy fencers beat the Queensland team in the quarter finals.  They then displayed skilful fencing in the semi finals to defeat the Singaporean National Team.  In the finals the boys lost to the Victorian team and worthily gained the silver medal.  

NSW State Novice Fencer

The NSW Fencing Association recently announced the award for the best novice fencer in the state for the year 2011.  This award is given to the fencer who achieves the largest number of medal placings through out the year.  The award was given to Riley Callan, he entered all state novice events in 2011 and finished with a top three placing in all competitions.

NSW Cadet Championship.  

In his first open state competition Dylan Cunniffe fenced well and finished 12th.  James Frith fought through to the finals and won the silver medal.

Individual Schools Fencing Competition

Through out 2nd term several members of the fencing club represented local schools in the New South Wales Schools State Championships.  

Under 11 years boys, Ethan Hammond – 3rd Place.  

Under 13 years girls, Eloise Winter from Blaxland High finished 9th.  

Under 13 years boys, Sam Porritt of Hazelbrook Public School placed 55th and Lewis Stonebridge of Our Lady of Nativity 6th.  

Under 15 years boys, Nathaniel Shead of Penrith High School placed 16th and Riley Callan 7th. 

Senior boys schools competition, Dylan Cunniffe finished 22nd and James Frith of Blaxland High – 3rd Place.

Three Weapon Team Competition

The Penrith Academy of Fencing held its 2nd Annual Three Weapon Team and teams from Bathurst, The Blue Mountains and Sydney attended.  The competition is based on a 'Italian Relay' format with a smaller team of three fencing foil, epee and sabre.  A good competitive spirit was shown by all fencers and the final score for the gold medal was separated by one point.  The club thanks all competitors who attended and volunteers that assisted in running this successful and highly enjoyed competition.

1st - Penrith Academy of Fencing - 'Team Blue'

2nd - University of Sydney - 'Spatulas'

3rd - Penrith Academy of Fencing 'Team White and Red'

5th - Mountains Fencing - Team 'A'

6th - CSU Bathurst Fencing Club

7th - Mountains Fencing - Team  'B'

"Three Weapon Teams Championship" 

The Penrith Academy will be holding its annual ‘Three Weapon Team Championship’ on Sunday 6th May at our club premises.  This competition requires a team of three fencers, male or female, one each in foil, epee and sabre. The competition will commence at 9.00am, entry fee is $35 for the team and canteen facilities are available at the venue.  If your club is interested in entering this competition or you would like more information, contact Rene at  or phone 02 4751

2012 Update

Welcome to fencing in 2012! We are ready to start classes from next week. After strong performances throughout 2011, we are looking forward to another good year with more success and enjoyment on the fencing piste. We want to continue improving the standard of fencing and invite you to speak to any of the coaches for advice and tuition. We would appreciate that all fencers pay the annual club and term fees as soon as possible. If you know of anyone who is interested in learning fencing, beginner classes will commence in the first week of the new term. Please ask the to email or ring Sally (4751 2314) to confirm their intention to enrol.

Starting Dates:

Thursday Afternoon and Night - 02/02/2012

Saturday Morning - 04/02/2012

Tuesday Night - 07/02/2012

Bill Gal Competition


It's that time of the year again... and the Penrith Academy of Fencing cordially invites you all to the Bill Gal Annual Fencing Tournament! 

Stretching across Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 of November - the tournament will field competition for all weapons (Foil, Epee, Sabre) as well as Junior mini-Foil (10 - 13 years) and Master's Epee (over 35 years). 

To celebrate a weekend of good, hard fencing - following Saturday's events, the evening will see the club host a delicious BBQ for all. If you haven't enjoyed a PAF BBQ before - you're in for a treat. * BYO. 

So fencers, be sure to mark down the 26th and 27th this month and join us for a weekend of pre-nationals prep' and fun competitive fencing. 

Note - Sabreurs, since we haven't hosted a Sabre event in several years - your prior-indication of attendance would be especially appreciated!


Saturday 26

9:00am - Junior Foil (10 to 13 years, mini-Foil)
12:00pm - Men’s & Women Epee
4:00pm - Master Tournament (over 35, Epee)
4:00pm - Men and Women's Sabre
7:00pm - BBQ (BYO)

Sunday 27 

9:00am - Men’s Electric Foil
12:00pm - Women's Electric Foil

BBQ Costs:

Steak and Sides: $14.00
Sausage and Sides: $12.00
Vegetarian: $9.00

Drinks and food are also available from our canteen during the events.


$12.00 per event

Registration for each event will take place 15 minutes prior to each event starting.

Address: Penrith Academy of Fencing - Unit 5, 49-51 Regentville Rd, Jamisontown, Penrith. (Take the mulgoa rd exit, Penrith, off the m4)

Showers/ Change rooms available.

Parking: There is plenty of parking available onsite. 

For further information contact: 

The Penrith Academy of Fencing on 02 4751 2314
or email:

Schools Competition

Recently the Schools State Championships were held at Newington College. Penrith sent a large selection of fencers to this large competition where they competed under their respective schools. For some it was the first time fencing in this competition, and for others it was a return to a familiar day of fencing.

In the U15 Boys there were 82 competitors.

Riley Callan (Penrith High School) - 32nd

Andrew Facicol (Penrith High School) - 51st

Nathanial Sheed (Penrith High School) - 61st

In the U15 Girls there 19 competitors and Sabina Mason (Springwood High School) came 3rd and received Bronze 

In the Senior Girls there were 15 competitors

Rebecca Sidholm (Caroline Chisholm) - 6th

Sarah Jessica Stansbie (Caroline Chisholm) - 10th

In the Senior Boys there were 70 competitors

James Frith (Blaxland High School) 14th

Ryan Fisher (St Pauls Grammer) - 20th

Joshua McNulty (Blacktown Patrician) - 56th

Aiden Peake (Penrith High School) - 57th

Tim Powel (Penrith High School) 58th

Semi-Italian Relay

On the 1st May, eight teams competed in the inaugural “Three Weapon Team Competition”, hosted by Penrith Fencing Academy. This competition, based on the annual “Semi Italian Relay Competition” devised and hosted by Newcastle PCYC Fencing Club, caters for those smaller clubs who have difficulty raising a team of six fencers for an Italian Relay.

This was a first time competition experience for some of the smaller clubs and the friendly, relaxed atmosphere made a perfect introduction to competition. Despite a strong camaraderie among the fencers, the day saw some serious fencing, especially in the final rounds, with Penrith Blue taking home the trophy. The final results were;

1st - Penrith Blue (PAF) 

2nd - Team Two and a Half Men (SU)

Equal 3rd - Penrith White (PAF) & Southern Highlands Fencing Academy

5th - University of NSW Fencing Club 

6th - Blue Mountains Fencing Club

 7th - Penrith Red (PAF)

 8th - Bathurst (CSU Fencing Club)

This competition will be held annually and will form part of the Western Sydney Regional Development Program. A perpetual trophy has been generously donated by Penrith Fencing Academy. Many thanks to Penrith for providing the venue for the competition and congratulations on the development of your impressive new premises, the only permanent fencing venue in the state. Thanks also to Sally for feeding the crowd.

2011 Start Dates

Welcome back to fencing in 2011, we are ready to start classes this week.  After a lot of hard work we have completed our fencing venue and it promises to be a good year with more success and enjoyment on the fencing piste.  We want to continue improving the standard of fencing and invite you to speak to any of the coaches for advice and tuition.  We would appreciate that all fencers pay the annual club and term fees as soon as possible.  If you know of anyone who is interested in learning fencing please ask them to ring Sally for enrolment dates (ph: 4751 2314)

1st Term starting dates:

Tuesday Night - 01/02/2011

Thursday Afternoon and Night - 03/02/2011

Saturday Morning - 05/02/2011

Looking forwarded to seeing you soon - Eddie, Sally and Rene 

Bronze Medal Foil Club Teams Competition

On the 19th of September, Penrith Academy of Fencing entered a team consisting of Daryl Mason, James Frith and Jacob Turner. They fenced well in the preliminary bouts winning two and losing only one. In the first DE they won in a close bout, but were knocked out in the following bout, finishing up with a bronze medal. It was a an enjoyable day for all in a relaxed and social competition.

Southern Highlands Cup Results

On the 16th of July, a group of Penrith fencers, travelled down to Mittagong for the 3rd Annual Southern Highlands Cup. The Penrith Academy of Fencing won the friendly club competition in its first year, and retained the Cup last year when they tied with Southern Highlands. This year PAF came 3rd, handing the Cup to Sydney Uni. Afterwards our competitors kept the tradition of stopping at McDonalds on the way back home. All round it was a fun and enjoyable night of fencing for all.

Under 15 National Championships Results

Dayna Mason and James Frith

Sydney hosted the Australian Under 15 and Cadet National Championships during the July school holidays. Dayna and James entered their first individual national competition.  Dayna was competing in a strong field of competitors. She progressed through the qualifying rounds and was eliminated in the quarter finals, finishing 8th in Australia. The following day as a member of NSW team, she was heavily involved as the team first defeated Queensland and then Victoria. In a close and gripping final with the Singapore national team, NSW prevailed to win the gold medal.

James entered the respective boys’ event  and fenced strongly throughout his qualifying pool.  James was defeated in the second elimination round and finished 17th in Australia.   He also was selected as a member of the NSW B team and fenced well in a narrow loss to the New Zealand national team.  Both fencers displayed excellent commitment and effort in the many weeks of preparation and in their performance over two days of competition.  

Schools Competition Results 

The individual schools competition was held at the beginning of May at Newington College in Sydney. Many of our fencers represented their schools at the competition.

Senior Mens

-Joe Dickinson- 60th

-James Malin-72nd

U15 Mens

-James Frith-2nd

-Sam Begg-28th

U15 Womens

-Dana Mason-3rd

U13 Mens

-Nicholas Brady - 16th

U13 Womens

-Sabina Mason-1st

-Miranda Van Den Bout- 7th

-Chloe Steward- 14th

Congratulations to all fencers. Everyone one did extremely well, considering the large number of overall fencers in each age group. Well done to those who were competing in there first competition as well. 

Under 13 Gilt Foil – 28 Feb 10

Two girls from PAF attended the U13 Gilt Foil competition on Sunday 28 Feb, 2010.  Miranda Van Denbout attended her first competition with Sabina Mason.  With a strong pool of eight girls, the PAF girls represented the club very well against a strong group.  At the end of the pools, Sabina was first and Miranda in a strong fourth.

In the DE, Miranda fought well in her first DE against a tough competitor from TSC.  From 8-2 down Miranda was able to come back unfortunately loosing the bout 10 -5 with 30 sec to go in the second period.

Sabina had a little more luck dispatching her first opponent in the DE 10-2.  She then avenged her Club mate by dispatching the TSC who beat Miranda 10-5 which placed her in the final against Christine Yeom of Abbotsleigh.  The final match up was a nail biting affair with the score being 2-1 after the first period with Sabina down.  But Sabina kept her cool and fought back to eventually win the bout 7-6 and winning a Gilt Foil presented by Peter Witkop.

Well done to both the girls.

New Venue Address Announced

Fencing for 2010 is just about to begin! The arrangement of the venue has taken longer than originally expected. Saturday fencing will not be going ahead this Saturday 6th of February. 

The new fencing venue will be open for a sneak peak from 10:00am to 11:00am on Saturday 6th of February, 2010. 

The new address is:

Unit 5, Number 49-51 Regentville Road, Penrith.

Tuesday class will start on 9/2/10, Thursday class will start on 11/2/10 and Saturday class will now start on 13/2/10. 

There is no change to starting and finishing times and it would be greatly appreciated if everyone tried to bring their club fees on their first visit.

See you all soon, for another great year of fencing!

2010 Venue and Commencing Dates

In 2010 we will have a brand new venue solely for Penrith Academy of Fencing. The venue will be much larger than the current one and have permanent strips set up.

In 2010 we will commence on:

Tuesday 9th February

Thursday 11th February

Saturday 13th February.

Competition Results

Congratualtions to Jordan and Sabeena who entered in the U13 State Championship. Jordan won bronze and Sabeena placed 8th. Both were in tough poules with competitors coming from Victoria and New Zealand. Congratulations!