There's a film that club members will be interested in coming out very soon, please see details below:
The film is called "The Fencer". It opens shortly, coming to Curzon Bloomsbury, Curzon Goldsmith (Lewisham) and Art House Crouch End cinemas from September 30th. Tickets go on sale shortly – details here www.thefencerfilm.co.uk
The film, which was nominated this year for a Golden Globe award and was also Finland’s entry for the Oscars, is a touching drama set in 1950s Estonia about a sports teacher (on the run from the secret police in Leningrad) who finds meaning in his life by teaching fencing to children who need him, many of whom are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Inspired by the true story of fencer/coach Endel Niels, the film is uplifting and a great audience pleaser.
I will allow the trailer to speak for the film PLAY TRAILER
Klaus Härö’s THE FENCER is a touching drama about Endel Nelis, a young man who arrives in Haapsalu, Estonia, in the early 1950s. Having left Leningrad to escape the secret police, he finds work as a teacher and founds a sports club for his students. Endel becomes a father figure to his students and starts teaching them his great passion – fencing, which causes a conflict with the school’s principal. Envious, the principal starts investigating Endel’s background...
Endel learns to love the children and looks after them; most are orphans as a result of the Russian occupation. Fencing becomes a form of self-expression for the children and Endel becomes a role model. The children want to participate in a national fencing tournament in Leningrad, and Endel must make a choice; risk everything to take the children to Leningrad or put his safety first and disappoint them.
Cert PG, 99mins
With English sub-titles
It was a busy weekend for the club with our fencers competing at the vets Winton Cup, The Senior Hamlet Open and the Stratford Cadet BRC events.
Congratulations go to Jacqui Esimaje, Grace Coulter and Barry Coulter who won gold as part of the South East region team at the vets Winton. This is the first time in the last eight years that South East has won the event, removing the South West Region's stronghold of recent years.
Well done also to Bridget Pleasant who was 5th and James Potter 7th at the Hamlet Open.
Results for all Camden Fencers at events this weekend are shown below:
Hamlet Women's Individual
5 PLEASANT Bridget
12 EINCHCOMB Danielle
Stratford Cadet BRC Men's Individual
8 VAN HOFFELEN Gabriel
16 RAMSAY Phineas
18 KLEIN Zachary
20 MCDONNELL Kajetan
42 PAFFETT Harry
50 PRESTON-COWELL Jack
Hamlet Men's Individual
7 POTTER James
11 POTTER Nathan
15 VAN HOFFELEN Gabriel
27 PAFFETT Harry
39 GHOSH Julian
52 JANSSEN Loek
63 PULJIC Asim
64 VARJU Tamas
71 McDOUGALL David
73 MACLELLAN Alex
76 ELLIOTT Phil
Hamlet Mens's Team
5th (Phil Elliot, Alex Maclellan, Loek Janssen, David McDougall)
Stratford Cadet BRC Women's Individual
17 YANG Lumeng
18 YANG Sophia
Congratulations to Bridget Pleasant who won the Manchester Sabre Open at the weekend. Bridget was undefeated during the entire day, going straight to number one seed after the poules. After several comfortable d.e. wins she faced Jennifer Sancroft in the final and came through with another comfortable win 15-8.
In the mens' event Nathan Potter finished 9th and Joe Nickel 19th in his first competition since returning from retirement from the sport.
Well done to you all !!
Richard Kruse was welcomed back to Camden with a guard of honour by the younger fencers at the club as he returned to coaching post Rio. Richard who was fourth in the mens foil event in Rio and 6th in the team event, got straight back to work at the club on Friday but was clearly touched by the applause and guard of honour that he received.
Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the beginner/intermediate sessions on Wednesday 28th September due to the Acland Burghley School Open day. We are very sorry for this inconvenience but as I'm sure you can imagine it is beyond our control. Members that normally attend the intermediate group session will of course be welcome to come on Tuesday or Thursday instead.
It was a busy weekend for the club with our cadet and junior fencers competing in the national circuit events at the Leon Paul centre in Hendon and our intermediate adult squad travelling to St Albans for the outdoor mixed intermediate event.
Special congratulations to Lumeng Yang who was 2nd on Saturday in the womens' cadet event and to Tamas Varju 2nd and Phil Elliot 3rd in the St Albans event on Sunday.
Placing for all our fencers are shown below:
LP National Cadet Circuit Womens
2nd Lumeng Yang
19th Sophia Yang
LP National Cadet Circuit Mens
13th Gabriel Van Hoffelen
20th Kajetan McDonnell
22nd Zach Klein
27th Jack Preston-Cowell
29th Phinn Ramsay
31st Harry Paffett
LP National Junior Circuit Womens
9th Lumeng Yang
27th Sophia Yang
LP National Junior Circuit Mens
20th Gabrial Van Hoffelen
25th Asim Puljic
31st Harry Paffett
38th Zach Klein
44th Achilles Bergne
55th Phinn Ramsay
St Albans Mixed Intermediate Outdoor Competition
2nd Tamas Varju
3rd Phil Elliot
5th David McDougall
7th Nathalie De Haye
10th Katrina Wong
11th Oliver Sandig
Additional photos of this event can be seen in the gallery section
Well done to all out fencers !!
Reminder to club members that the Camden Foil Leon Paul Junior Series event will take place on 8th and 9th October. Please can club Foilists enter this competition asap:
Also we are looking for volunteers to help on either (or both) days. Please can you contact Patricia Aiyenuro if can are able to assist: firstname.lastname@example.org This is a large event and we will need help.
Congratulations to Steve Pope who won his first Camden Trophy last night, beating Asim Puljic in a trilling final bout. Well done to both fencers and also to Bridget Pleasant and Kajetan McDonnell who were joint third. We now have 36 fencers on the Camden Trophy ranking which is a testament to the success of this tournament ......next one is Tuesday 4th October so put it in your diary now !!
A reminder that the next round of the Camden Trophy will take place tomorrow night Tuesday 6th September at the usual Westminster Academy Tuesday venue.
For anybody not familiar with this event, it's our club monthly competition; format will be one round of poules followed by D.E
Warm up 7pm poules will start promptly at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome.
If you are running late and will not be there for the 7pm latest check in then please text Ian on 07981 217053
Latest rankings are shown below
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