Meet the Coaches

Coach  |  Lance Larsen

Over twenty years coaching experience.
Professor of fencing from British academy of fencing.
Prevost D’armes from Ecole Nationale de Maitre D’armes. Dinard, France.
Leader level, Coaching Effectiveness Program. Olympic training center, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Coach  |  Oksana Babaeva

Specialist Diploma in Physical Education and Sport from the Uzbek State Institute of Physical Education 1989.

Holder of the Soviet Master of Sport Degree.

Five time senior national foil champion of Uzbekistan.

Appointed junior national coach 1998.

British Fencing level 4 coach.

Coach  |  Jon Sloman

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If you would like a lesson with a coach there is a sign up sheet at the entrance to the hall, every Thursday.  Please put your name down with the coach you would like and the coaches will do their best to fit everyone in on a first come, first serve basis.

Meet the Committee

I fenced as a youngster many years ago but gave it up for 28 years. Started again about four years ago and I wished I had never stopped. If I had belonged to a club like Saxon I doubt if I would. Still competing and recently qualified as a coach.

Chair | Michael “Fred” Thomas

Foilist and Epeeist. He has been fencing for thirty years and Saxon member for over ten. In 2010 won 3 bronze medals representing England in the vets Commonwealth Games in Australia. Professor of cognitive neuroscience by trade, and father of twins.

Honorary Secretary | Chris Thackery

Joined just over 10 years ago in the the beginners class, and since had regular lessons. Working as a church minister can be quite demanding at times, and I find the fencing a fantastic way to relax. I really like the fact that Saxon welcomes people from across a wide range of ages, abilities and weapons.

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Honorary Treasurer | Paul Harden

I fenced as a youngster many years ago but gave it up for 28 years. Started again about four years ago and I wished I had never stopped. If I had belonged to a club like Saxon I doubt if I would. Still competing and recently qualified as a coach.

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Assistant Treasurer | Michael O’Regan

Assistant Secretary & Child Protection | Lucie Maldoom

Has been on the fringe of fencing for over 14 years as both her sons fence.She is the Child Protection Officer, and generally can be found sorting admin or enquiries. A late comer to actually taking up the sport Lucie took up foil and now epee.

Club Captain | Paul Lowen

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Armourer | Adrian Medhurst

Started fencing at Saxon 20 years ago on the beginners’ course and after a number of years attempting to beat left-handers at foil, decided to take up the sabre which is now my weapon of choice. Occasional competitor in Open, Veteran & Team competitions, as well as being the club armourer (with the assistance of Alan Colemen on weapon repairs).

Sharon Thomas

Social Secretary | Sharon Thomas

Two-time medalist at Saxon’s Anniversary Foil Competition, and mother of twins. Combines Foil and Epee, and renowned for her assertive style on piste.

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Luton open results

Joe and Alex S both competed in the Luton Open, click here to see how they got on

June 5th, 2017

Copenhagen Satellite results

Chris, Will, David and Oxana travelled to Copenhagen to compete in the Trekanten International Satellite World Cup.  Click here to see how they did and full results

June 5th, 2017

Bronze and a last 8 at the european veteran championships

Gillian and Paul H both travelled out to Italy to compete for the titles – Gill won bronze and Paul came 8th! Congratulations to both of you, enjoy the beer!

June 5th, 2017

Hampshire Open results

Well done to Gillian and Joe for making the quarter finals at the Hampshire Open. See all the results here.

May 16th, 2017

In remembrance of one of our fencers

Ryan Lee Viti passed away on the 13th of June 2016. Ryan was born on the 12th of June 1991 and was only 25 at the time of his death. He is survived by his two brothers and mother Cristina. She said he was happiest when he was fencing and has graciously donated his kit to the club

January 27th, 2017

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