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Welcome to the first EM newsletter of 2020. We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year and are looking forward to the busy fencing season ahead. If you have any news/competitions you would like to advertise through this newsletter please get in touch and we will advertise it for you.
Region Committee 

This year's AGM was hosted on the 7th September. The new committee members are as follows: -
Chairman - Ev Van-Gemeren
Vice Chair - Aimee Parsons
Treasurer - Jamie Sala
Joint Secretary - Jamie Sala and Jenna Griffiths
Regional Training Development Officer - Jenna Griffiths
Regional Competition Organiser - Chris Wood (from January)
Master Armourer - Ian Toplis
Webmaster - Ian Toplis
The following club reps also represented their clubs:
- Myk Flitcroft, North Kesteven
- Jennie Eakin, Fernwood Sword Club

We are still looking for club reps from other clubs in the region.
We are also looking for older junior fencers to become involved with the region. If you have a young fencer who would like to have a Junior Club Rep place on the committee please let us know. 

January 18th 
February 22nd
March 14th
April 25th
June 6th 

Mini session (under 13's) 10am - 12 noon £10
Senior session (over 13's) 12 noon - 4pm £20
Senior sparring 4pm - 6pm

If you would like to attend the next regional training session please fill in the Booking Form below.

All regional training days are open to any fencer any age, who has completed a beginners' course. The sessions are run at the Lee Westwood Sport Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, NG11 8NS. 
If you have any questions about the sessions please contact Jenna on or
Cadet Winton 2019

The 2019 Cadet Winton took place on the 14th and 15th December. Sadly, due to a clash of events this year, the EM Region couldn't send a full team across all weapons. Big congratulations to those fencers who could make it - you were an absolute pleasure to have as part of the team. We finished in 10th place overall so have the pleasure of the shaggy dog for the next year. Stay tuned for his adventures over the next year. He's already learn't how to play Dobble and has quite a competitive streak! Photos from the weekend will be uplaoded and shared via the region facebook page.
Cadet and Senior Winton 
Selection Criteria.


Over the last few weeks we have been working on an official selection criteria for both the Cadet and Senior Winton competitions. The official selection process is on the following link: 
British Veterans National championships.
Fancy qualifying to fence for GBR? Over 40 years old? Or just want to pit your skills against other fencers of the same age? This competition could be for you! If you would like to be kept up to date with the BVF please subscribe to their newsletter it will keep you up to date with BV competitions as well as GBR's Vets international results from across the globe. 
For fencers over 40 years of age.

Harvey Haddon Sports complex, Wigman Rd, Nottingham, NG8 4PB

Sabre - Friday 28th February 2020
Foil - Saturday 29th February 2020
Epee - Sunday 1st March 2020

Entries via the BVF website:

East Midlands Beginners, Intermediate and Junior competition.
The EMBI criteria:
Beginner - under 2 years fencing experience in any weapon
Intermediate - under 4 years fencing experience in any weapon
Junior - under 3 years fencing experience in any weapon and aged between 10 and 12 years on January 1st 2020.

Clifton Leisure Centre, Southbank Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AB

7th March 2020

Entries being taken via Sport80
British Youth Championship Qualifier.
The BYC qualifier competition, a youth age group qualifier competition to the British Youth Championships.

Clifton Leisure Centre, Southbank Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AB

8th March 2020 

Entries being taken via Sport80
East Midlands Senior Championships and GB Cup qualifier.
Our regional EM senior competition combined with the qualifier for the GB Cup.
First and foremost this is the Senior Championships. The highest ranked eligible fencers will qualify for the GB Cup. 

Clifton Leisure Centre, Southbank Drive, Clifton, Nottingham, NG11 8AB

22nd March 2020

Entries being taken via Sport80
John Holt Novice Open.
A competition aimed at the Novice Fencer. Entry criteria below:

- Never to have won a medal at a senior open with more than 12 entries in any weapon.
- Never have represented GBR or a Home Nation at any level in any weapon.
- Be outside the top 150 in the Men's epee and foil rankings.
- Be outside the top 75 in the Women's epee and foil rankings.
- Be outside the top 100 of the Men's sabre rankings.
- Be outside the top 50 of the Women's sabre rankings.

Lee Westwood Sports Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

25th July 2020

Entries being taken via Sport80
Unsung Hero:

Does your club have a unsung hero? If you do, why not let us know about them and what they do for your club!

EM Regions unsung hero!

Ian Toplis.

Ian has been with the EM region for many years. During that time he has been a competitive fencer, a 3 weapon coach and a Master Armourer, not to mention qualifying as a L2 referee across the weapons. Ian is Chairman at one of his fencing clubs and Master Armourer at the other. He is also Master Armourer for the EM region and maintains their fencing equipment, as well as doing all the other jobs on the committee he does. Ian chauffeurs the regions equipment to all the locally run competitions that require it, he organises the set up of the fencing hall ready for the competitions/regional training to start, he also packs away all the equipment at the end of the day. Ian will do any job while at competitions from referee to running DT to doing the armoury. A truly multi talented man that the region and his clubs are lucky to have.

Foil rewire continued...

Examine the base of the foil point and check that all of the plastic insulator is out. If not, it should be possible to push the nylon cup out from the base using a paperclip or small screwdriver.

Rotate the blade 90 degrees in the vice, with about 4cms showing above the jaws. Apply a locking resin (such as locknut, but not superglue!) to the thread to avoid the barrel loosening with use.

Thread the blade wire into the barrel base, but do not insert the plastic cup into the foil barrel! Using pliers or an adjustable spanner tighten the base onto the foil blade.

Pull the wire down gently towards the tang, making sure it is parallel to both sides of the barrel base to prevent the insulation being damaged as it passes through the narrow hole. When the wire has fully passed through and the nylon cup is against the top of the barrel base, hold the blade in a vice and push the cup firmly down into the bottom of the barrel base using a point setting applicator or screwdriver. When pushing the cup into the barrel base pull the wire gently to prevent the wire becoming trapped in the point.

Pull the wire straight down the groove and wrap around the tape covering the tang several times, passing the last turn under the tape so that the wire is kept taut in the groove ready for gluing.

Re-assemble the point. The weapon should now be checked for continuity and short circuits before continuing by using an ohmmeter or test box.

Glue the wire into the groove by the shoulder using a small amount of thin super glue and allow to dry.

Part 3 next issue... 
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