Queenslander adds international bronze to medal cabinet

Lachlan Crook returned from Thailand last week with some extra weight in his bags, after winning a bronze medal at the Asian Junior Epee Team Championships in Korat.

Disappointment fuelled the 19-year-old Queenslander and his three teammates as they fought for a podium finish, as none of the Australians had progressed beyond the top 32 in the individual epee event.

“We all should have been pushing further than that,” Lachie says.

Read more: Queenslander adds international bronze to medal cabinet

Conducting opponents

What do fencing and conducting music have in common? Great hand-eye coordination we’re told.

Annie Silva studies conducting and read that fencing is the perfect complementary sport.

She convinced friend Katherine to join her in a learn-to-fence session at Yeronga, taking advantage of discounts currently offered through Groupon.

Annie and Katherine spent 45 minutes learning some basics with state epee coach Paul Crook and then stood piste-side to watch Olympian Luc Cartillier go toe-to-toe with Lachie Crook in the men’s epee semi-final at last month’s open circuit tournament.

They said they loved their lesson and have since signed up for a six-week learn-to-fence course.

Despite the similarities between her musical pursuits and the sport, Annie said she will have to make some adjustments.

“In conducting we learn how to foreshadow our hand movements with our body,” Annie said.

“With fencing I’ll have to learn not to give my game away.”

QFA is working with clubs and coaches around Brisbane this year to attract more novice fencers to the sport.

March learn-to-fence courses are running Friday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Yeronga, with further sessions planned throughout the year at various locations.

More information and registration here.


Dr Frank Walsh honoured

Dr Frank Walsh

Queensland fencers presented immediate past president Dr Frank Walsh with an Award for Service at its annual dinner last Friday. 

Frank stepped down from the presidency in November 2016 after 13 years in the role.

When presenting the award, Queensland Assistant National Epee Coach Paul Crook, who also works with Frank on the national high performance program, told members how much the Association developed under Frank’s leadership.

In 2003 the Queensland Amateur Fencing Association (as it was then known) was committed to the amateur in its name.

Read more: Dr Frank Walsh honoured

Fencers learn first aid


Queensland fencers gained valuable first aid qualifications through a QFA subsidised course run at its headquarters in Yeronga today.

Dimity Leech from Antrick Education showed participants dramatic CCTV footage of an unconscious baby and its distraught parents, rescued by a passing stranger who revived the infant with CPR.

“This is why I do this,” the qualified nurse and CPR trainer told the group.

“That stranger was a mine worker and first aid training was compulsory for his job.

If he hadn’t been there that baby would be dead,” she said.

Thirteen QFA members attended the full-day training course, which cost $60 ($30 for accredited coaches and referees).

The training included CPR, first aid for wounds, burns, seizures, management of asthma and allergic reactions.

Participants all achieved a Certificate to Provide First Aid which is valid for three years (one year for CPR).

The training supports QFA’s recent $800 contribution to a defibrillator for the Yeronga SHS sports centre.

The defibrillator is housed in the sports centre office (QFA canteen).

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