About Fencing Central
Fencing Central (FenCen) is the regional arm of Fencing New Zealand covering the North Island south of the 39th Parallel - check out the map here.
We promote and support the sport of fencing across the region. This includes:
- Supporting the growth of our sport and the development of our fencers
- Establishing policies and guidelines to ensure the health and safety of our members
- Coordinating the annual regional competition and events programme delivered by affiliated clubs
- Running designated national tournaments held within the region
- Maintaining assets used to support the delivery of fencing in the region (including, for example, the pistes we fence on, scoring boxes and spools)
- Supporting the development of coaches, referees, tournament controllers and other tournament officials
- Promoting and celebrating the success of our members.
- Representing our members at the national level and supporting the implementation of national initiatives within the region.
The management of FenCen’s activities is undertaken the Fencing Central Management Committee (The Committee). Committee members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting (AGM), unless subsequently co-opted. The members of the FenCen Committee hold their positions until the next AGM.
All of the fencing clubs in the region are individual entities in their own right providing fencing services independently. Representatives from the clubs are encouraged to stand for election at FenCen AGMs to fill committee positions.
The Committee comprises a President, Secretary, and Treasurer, and up to seven General Executive members.
- The President’s role includes chairing FenCen Committee meetings and any General Meetings that may arise (such as the AGM or a SGM). The President Reports to the Committee at each meeting, and at the AGM they report to the members of FenCen. The President is also a member of the Fencing New Zealand Management Committee.
- The Secretary’s role includes being the first point contact within the region. They manage communications to and from the organisation. They take the minutes at Committee meetings and distribute them to the Committee and Club contacts.
- The Treasurer’s role includes reporting on FenCen’s finances to the Committee and to FenCen’s members at the AGM. Our Treasurer is also responsible for managing affiliations and our membership register.
- The General Executive is elected to represent the members of FenCen.
The Committee may set by-laws, administer and maintain the funds of FenCen, set annual affiliation fees for FenCen, administer and maintain the property of FenCen, appoint selectors for FenCen, enforce the laws set out in the constitution of FenCen and any other actions allowed in the constitution of FenCen.
The Affiliation Fee
Fencers and any supporters that wish to be a member of Fencing New Zealand pay an affiliation fee on top of any club fees that may be levied.
This moderate annual contribution, is critical to the success of fencing in New Zealand. The affiliation fee helps fund the structure and network that connects us to other clubs, regions and the world. Fencing New Zealand shares a portion of the affiliation fee with Fencing Central so we can provide support within the region.
Fencing relies in large measure on the generous contribution and dedication of volunteers, and they usually work on the smell of an oily rag.
Your $30 - $80 annually helps ensure:
- The maintenance and further development of integrity, authenticity and standards for the sport in NZ
- The provision and development of tournament controllers, referees and coaches
- The provision of pistes, scoring equipment and other infrastructure for competitions
- Maintenance of websites and Facebook pages to connect us and keep us informed
- Shiny medals, cups, awards & recognition of achievements
- Selection of national teams and participation of our fencers in the sport internationally.
- Participation in the governance of the sport internationally
- And much more…
How to become a member of Fencing Central.
First, you need to be interested in the sport of fencing,
Second, you need to fill out an affiliation form on-line
Third, you need to send in the form and the relevant fee
Under 18 and Tertiary Students: for fencers who wish to compete in competitions - $60 per year
Over 18: for fencers who are over 18 and wish to compete in competitions - $80 per year
Associate: for fencers who do not wish to compete in competitions and people who want to be involved in fencing central but do not actively fence (parents, coaches etc) - $30 per year.
Life Member: Free
Note: Affiliations are due by the 31st March or before your first competition, whichever comes first.
The committee consists of:
Patron: Roger Hayman - Roger was born, bred and brained in Wellington. He graduated with an LL.B. from Victoria University in 1972 and was admitted to the Bar in 1973. That same year he joined the long-established Wellington legal practice of Luckie Hain (then called Luckie Hain Kennard & Sclater). Roger has fenced for a number of fencing clubs in Wellington including Vic Swords, Wellington Swords and Toa Rangatira.
Isaac Rusholme-Cobb (youth rep)
Our Support Crew
To help ensure we meet our responsibilities we have a dedicated band of volunteers that undertake particular roles. They include:
- Armourer: Richard Souness
- Regional High Performance Programme: Robert Gastaldo-Brac
- Webmaster: Nathan Newton
- Partnerships & Funding: Sarah Rusholme
We are still looking for volunteers for the following roles:
- Tournament Organiser
- National tournaments organiser
- Communications & Media Liaison
- Awards Convenor
- Schools Development Officer
- Coach & Referee Development.
If you would like to help out with any of these roles - or would like to put your hand up to assist in some other way (perhaps you would like to learn how to referee, coach or run tournaments!) - please get in touch with either Grant or Brett in the first instance.