Linda Kent (Manchester), Colin Walls (Salle Kiss), Graham Kemp (Morecambe), Rick Kent (North West Squad Club).
Beryl & Eddie Goodall, Duncan Rowlands (Stockport), Mavis Thornton (Arnold), Penny Tyson & Gillian Prideaux (Trafford), Henry De Silva, David Varey (Bolton), Natalia Gyuricska (Salle Kiss).
Minutes of Last AGM & Matters Arising
- Child Protection - response to these issues from the clubs has been very poor.
- Minutes of AGM will go on website ASAP after meeting
Minutes then passed as a true record of meeting of 26th April 2004
No undealt with correspondence
Chairmans Report - Colin Walls
In my report last year I detailed the amount of time that I was putting in to fencing. While individual elements have changed, the overall workload has increased. I have more pupils, including the Sheffield University BUSA team, and have travelled abroad three times in the past year. The last time to the World Cadet championships in Linz.
Accompanying this have been changes to the rest of my life. I have been "sold" to BT, i.e. outsourced from my previous job. This has meant increased responsibilities and travel.
Now that out daughters are both at University we have also decided to move. We have bought a barn which requires conversion. This is going to require a significant amount of time to project manage.
For these reasons I have decided that this is the time for me to resign as BFNWR chairman. I don't see this as a complete divorce, rather a temporary leave of absence. I would certainly like to come back at some time.
So what has changed during my chairmanship?
- The Mailing List
- When I took over as chairman, and Linda as secretary communication was paper based. Periodically a newsletter would be prepared, printed and sent to club secretaries. This was time consuming, laborious and not guaranteed to get to be shown on club notice boards in time. We have replaced this with an email list. This reaches six times the number of people the print list reached. It makes the individual fencer responsible for getting information, rather than being reliant on club secretaries. It isn't perfect, not everyone has email, and it doesn't reach everybody. It also seems to rely on people sending things to me, and me forwarding it on. I would urge you to join the mailing list if you are not already a member and convince your club colleagues to join too. If you are running a competition, training day or have a question about fencing in the North West then mail the list!
- The Web Site
What would an organisation be without a web site these days? It wasn't always so. I started the website to try and and get information out to the fencing community in a more timely fashion than the printed newsletter. The initial site was useful, but soon grew too large for me to maintain properly. It didn't help that the only person who could make changes was myself and it didn't take long for me to be berated for not getting information up within a few days.
The new site is much more like I intended. It is starting to be a community web site. I still seem to provide the majority of information, but people like Gary Longthorn, Liz Chinn and now Bob Merry are contributing. The site is viewed around 100 times a day, which is good for a regional site representing a small sport. I know it is visited by the local press and people who Google for things like "Fencing North England", so if you are running beginners courses or have an exceptional result.then please put it on the web site. If you want to know how to do this then please ask me, I will still be acting as the regions webmaster.
- The Committee
We attempted to break down the functions of the committee into more manageable chunks. I must admit that this has not been the best of successes, to some extent because of changes within British Fencing and Sports UK. The sub-groups that now operate are:
- Youth Development This is jointly handled by Mavis Thornton and Graham Kemp. Between them they run the NWJS and Lancashire Schools events. Graham also produces the cadet ranking lists for the region. These competitions, together with Cheshire Schools, are a credit to the region. Other regions either copy the idea, or send their fencers to our tournaments.
- Coaching This is run by a small sub-committee, initially led by Ian Manley and taken over last year by Graham Kemp. The major problem here has been the change of syllabus and the lack of a steer on how to formulate level 1 and 2 courses by British Fencing. After an excellent day with David Kirby there is an understanding on the differences between the Hungarian and British systems. It does need a new approach to carry coach development forward within the region.
- Refereeing This is an area in which we have struggled. More referees are always needed, but we don't have a high enough demand to justify a group within the committee. A more ad hoc mechanism may be the way forward in the future.
- The Constitution
- The previous constitution was severely in need of a revamp, focused as it was on the running of regional tournaments. It has now been replaced with a much clarified version with more emphasis on fencing development
- Regional Development
- Natalia Gyuricska was appointed as our regional development office by British Fencing with a nominal stipend. Many clubs in the region have benefited from her help with grant applications. This is an area where we have done reasonably well, with additional funding providing equipment and other resources. Regionally we have benefited from this too, since we have been able to run a number of training days which have been grant funded. Without this funding we would not have been able to run these events.
- Fencing is a growing sport, and we have a number of new clubs in the region, including Apple, Cressy and Manchester. We also have clubs that have moved venue or changed their names, such as Saltney and the Dunes. Unfortunately we have some clubs that have ceased to function, such as Standish. These are mostly due to the retirement of the single coach that the club possesses. Please get the senior members of your club to contact the region so that we can provide coaching course to avoid the sad loss of clubs.
- We are extremely fortunate that Steve Glaister and Natalia Gyuricska have created a brand new and prestigious tournament for the region. The Manchester Cadet tournament is the only 6 weapon open Cadet event in the country. Last year it attracted some 225 fencers from Britain and Ireland. The hope this year is that it will increase to 300 with a number of international fencers attending. An Hungarian team has already committed to attend and there is interest from Italy and Germany. At the same time we should not forget our local events. I have always been keen to move the regional championships around the region. For the first time this year we "sub-contracted" the running of the championships. West Lancs. made an excellent job of running the event. I hope the new committee will look at whether this is a viable way forward. It would be good to have more clubs running tournaments, if a six weapon event is too much then perhaps your club might consider running or hosting a NWJS competition.
- Outside the Region - the English Fencing Union
- Because of the regionalisation of sport a fencing union for England has been created. The region will need to align itself with the Union constitutionally. It will also need to bid for monies that have gone to the union for development of fencing over the next four years. The board of the union is actively pursuing opportunities for coach, club and fencing development.
Honours this year must go to James Thornton for his last 32 at Basle. This meant he was the only person to qualify for the British mens épée team for the Junior World Championships.
Honours also go to our cadet world championship qualifiers, Lara Kerrison at women's foil, Joe Craig for men's épeé, Louise Highton for women's épée and Stuart Marshall for men's sabre.
This is my usual eclectic selection. My apologies if I have missed anyone out.
Sam Treadway, 8th Under-15 2004 LPJS
William Kemp, 1st Under 17 2004 LPJS
Ahmed Roswosky, 6th Manchester Cadet, 1st Cadet chamionships, 1st Aldershot, 2nd Birmingham
Husayn Rosowsky - 8th at Manchester Cadet, 5th Cadet championships
James Levy, 6th Ashton
Mark Cudworth, 3rd Under 12 BYC
Tom Mottershead, 2nd, Under-16 BYC
Chris Kent, Last 16, Eden Cup and Luxemberg, 2nd Junior championships, 1st Army championships
Steve Glaister, 8th Bristol, 3rd Leicester, 5th Welsh, 3rd Under-18 BYC Foil, 5th Slough, 2nd Edinburgh
Corin Beck, 5th Bristol, 1st BUSA championships, 1st Slough, 3rd Merseyside, 3rd Edinburgh
Jacky Yu, 8th Merseyside
Nick Dootson, 6th Leicester, 6th Edinburgh
Gary Clark, 1st Ashton
Paul Fenton, 2nd Ashton
Paul Rigby, 3rd Ashton
Peter Hewitt, 5th Ashton
Keith McCarthy, 8th Ashton
Jeffrey Kiy, 3rd Merseyside
Alexandra Fitton,3rd 2004 Under-9 LPJS
Sophie Mason,3rd 2004 Under-11 LPJS
Lara Kerrison, 14th British nationals 3rd Cadet championships, 7th Bristol, 30th in Slovakia
Madison Turner 5th, Under-14 BYC, 5th Under-13 2004 LPJS
Jayne Crook 6th, BUSA championships
Mavis Thornton, 3rd Merseyside
Patrick Jennings, 1st Under-11 2004 LPJS
Tom Slade, 7th Under-13 2004 LPJS
Alan Charles, 3rd Under-15 LPJS
Theo Smith, 5th Under-15 LPJS
Joe Craig, 4th Under-17 LPJS, 7th Slough, 24th in Bonn, 3rd Dinant, 78th Cadet World
Robert McClean, 3rd, Manchester Cadet, 2nd Nottingham
Mark Howard, 5th, Manchester Cadet
Paul Aldcroft, 7th Cadet Championships
Oliver Baybut-Peyton, 7th Merseyside
James Thornton, 3rd Shropshire, 3rd Junior championships, 2nd Miller-Hallett, 3rd Hereford and Worcester, 28th Basle, 1st Merseyside, 43rd Junior World
Rob Hewett, 3rd Merseyside
Jonathan Bradley, 3rd, BUSA championships
Jon Willis, 1st Shropshire, 2nd Hereford and Worcester, 5th Birmingham, 1st Nottingham
Paul Fenton, 3rd Ashton
Gary Clark, 6th Ashton
Rick Kent, 8th Scottish Open
Louise Highton, 1st Mnchester Cadet, 2nd Cadet championships, 1st Junior championships, 5th Leicester, 1st Milner-Barry, 7th Slough, 3rd Merseyside, 7th Birmingham, 55th Cadet World, 3rd Under-17 2004 LPJS
Helen Varey, 3rd, Girls Under-17 LPJS
Sarah Sherlock, 7th, Girls Under-17 LPJS
Sarah Vanderwalle, 3rd Ashton
Freya Hall, 6th Manchester Cadet, 5th Shropshire, 3rd Cadet championships, 1st Under-15 2004 LPJS
Jessica Varey 2nd, Under-15 2004 LPJS
Hannah Shackleton 3rd, Under-15 2004 LPJS
Sarah Thompson 2nd Under-17 2004 LPJS
Lisa Farrer, 8th Cadet championships, 4th Under-15 2004 LPJS
Jayne Crook, 1st BUSA championships, 8th Slough, 7th Coup du Nord
Megan Lomas, 7th Bristol, 3rd Shropshire, 1st Ashton, 7th Nottingham, 1st Under-17 LPJS
Tom Mottershead, 6th Nottingham
Stuart Marshall, 3rd Boys Under-17 2004 LPJS, 7th Manchester Cadet, 3rd Cadet championships, 6th Junior championships, 2nd Mersyside, 1st Glasgow Open, 1st Nottingham Open, 1st BYC Under-18, 16th Pisa, 6th Kenten, 16th Monaco, 1st Meylan, 36th Cadet Worlds
Simon Barnes, 5th, Boys Under-15 LPJS
Mike Swiffin, 8th Shropshire, 3rd Ashton
John Askew 6th Ashton
Robert Walker 7th Ashton
Rebecca Adamson, 7th, Girls Under-13 2004 LPJS
Corrine Kemp, 6th, Girls Under-15 2004 LPJS
Megan Lomas, 3rd Girls Under-17 2004 LPJS
Giselle Cullinane 1st Irish National Championships, 2nd Nottingham Open
Adrienne Tomor, 3rd Merseyside
Yvonne Walls, 1st, Nottingham Open
Secretary's Report - Linda Kent
Again this year has been very busy with fencing and training and the work that I have to do to pay for it all! The most noticeable change to competitions has been the increase in entries for most of them. Some competitions now have waiting lists if you don't get your entries in early enough. This marries with the news in the Sword ('News from The President - April 2005) that membership of the BFA has nearly doubled in the past five years. This only goes to confirm my previous impressions that there was a great deal more interest in fencing. I think that everyone in the country was delighted with Alex O'Connells' win at the Cadet Men's Sabre World Championships, and an improvement of GB international results seems to suggest a very healthy (though still comparatively minor) sport.
North West Squad Club
The North West Squad Club continues to grow and though Csaba Kun has had to go back to Hungary Robert Kiss, Colin Walls, and Steve Glaister are coaching there. North West pentatheletes train there and all weapon coaching is available. This club is open to any experienced or intermediate fencer in the region, and fencers still fence for their club. They can attend as many times a year as they like - or not at all! Contact Robert if you would like to attend.
Cadet International at Bolton
The second year of this competition was a success, with entries up on the first event. So far this year negotiations are underway to get Hungarian and Italian Squads to attend and I believe sponsorship money has been obtained for this purpose. Again our thanks should go to Steve Glaister & Natalia Gyuricska for all their hard work in making this event happen in the region, and to the other volunteers who make this a successful event.
These were hosted on behalf of the North West Region by West Lancs Fencing Club at Sporting Edge, near Ormskirk. I think everyone will agree with me when I comment that the competition was run extremely well, and despite the difficulties of fitting in a regional competition in the fencing calendar it was well attended. Again I noticed the trend of entries increasing - but where are our lady foilists? My thanks to Gary, Steve and the rest of the team for their excellent work.
Lastly my thanks to all our volunteers throughout the region who give up their time to help with coaching, running competitions, taking children to fencing, and all the other tasks they take on. Without them we certainly would not have the amount and range of fencing in the region that we do have.
Treasurer's Report - Duncan Rowlands
As can be seen, the Region had a small surplus in the year to 31 July 2004.
The current position of the Region's finances is, briefly, that the Region is solvent, and has adequate reserves to meet any foreseeable contingencies. For the next year, the Region's anticipated income from all sources is sufficient to cover all anticipated expenditure.
Team Captain's Report - Duncan Rowlands
This year saw a tremendous effort by all the fencers who answered the call for both the Cadet and Senior Winton Cups.
In the Cadet Winton everyone fought hard and comported themselves creditably. Overall, the team achieved a very creditable third place. As ever, the powerhouses of the South East and South West proved just too strong, but the margin was narrower than last year. While it is always difficult to focus on individual results within a team event there are a couple of specific results to highlight. The ladies epee team where undefeated in the competition, with hardly a fight lost between them. In women's sabre the region inflicted the first lost fight the South West had conceded in 4 years! A moment to warm a Captain's heart.
In the Senior Winton again all fencers fought hard. Overall, we came a narrow second to Wales in the second division, and are thus promoted! This is a great result and my thanks go out to all to turned out for the team, some at very little notice. Next year life will be hard in the first division. To even just survive a full team with all the top fencers we can muster will be required. I appeal for all the region's fencers to make themselves available to represent their region at next year's Winton.
Finally, it was a pleasure to again be Captain for the teams, and look forward to doing it all again next year.
Youth Development - Mavis Thornton and Graham Kemp
Graham Kemp has taken over the NWJS as Mavis & Mike Thornton have enough work with the BYCs and other competitions they organise. Graham intends to have a full programme of events in the 2005/2006 season. The team event is at Stockport on the 12th June 2005. NWJS epee and sabre competitions entries are very low. This is hoped to be rectified in the coming year. It must be remembered that in order for Isle of Man fencers to attend events need to be organised well in advance.
Election of Officers
Graham Kemp: Proposed by David Varey Seconded by Linda Kent
Elected unanimously (3 votes for)
Duncan Rowlands: Proposed by Colin Walls Seconded by Rick Kent
Elected unanimously (4 votes for)
Linda Kent Proposed by Colin Walls Seconded by Rick Kent
Elected unanimously (3 votes for)
Nicholas Murphy Proposed by Linda Kent Seconded by Rick Kent
Andy Thornton Proposed by Linda Kent Seconded by Rick Kent
Adam Souness Proposed by Linda Kent Seconded by Rick Kent
David Varey Proposed by Linda Kent Seconded by Rick Kent
Mavis Thornton - Co-opted onto the committee
Any Other Business
Graham Kemp has resigned as the Chair of the Coaching Sub-committee. This will be reconstituted in the near future.
Next Committee Meeting
Next Committee meeting Friday 10th June - venue & time TBA.
Income and Expenditure Account
|INCOME & EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT|
|Period from 1 August 2003 to 31 July 2004|
|British Fencing Regions Rebate||£291.72|
|Youth Competition Entry Fees||£1,717.00|
|Senior Competition Entry Fees||£655.88|
|Cadet Winton Fees||£1,105.00|
|Coaching Courses Fees||£28.00|
|British Youth Entry Fees||£640.00|
|British Youth Referee Levy||£100.00|
|Youth Competition Hall Hire||£-|
|Intermediate Foil Entry Fees||£-|
|Senior Competition Hall Hire||£-|
|Senior Winton Entry Fee||£200.00|
|Senior Winton Accommodation||£-|
|Senior Winton Referee Expenses||£55.00|
|Cadet Winton Entry Fee||£95.00|
|Cadet Winton Accommodation||£1,056.00|
|Cadet Winton Mini-Bus Hire & Fuel Costs||£270.68|
|Regional Teams' clothing & colours||£150.00|
|Coaching Courses Hall Hire||£-|
|Coaching Courses Coach Fees||£187.00|
|Referee Development expenses||£520.80|
|Web Site Registration||£-|
|NET SURPLUS / (DEFICIT)||£463.34|
|Bank Deposits @ 31 July 2004||£7,969.56|