Our head foil coach is Neil Young, who has over 30 years of local and international experience in fencing. He has been coaching since 1994, and has trained, fenced and refereed in Italy, Sweden, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Germany and the USA. He coached the NZ Foil team at the 2018 Commonwealth Championships and has also led NZ to gold at the Oceania Fencing Championships in both team and individual events. He coaches several current and past New Zealand Team representatives, and national and Oceania champions. He is an accredited Oceania Fencing Masters Association Level 2/FIE Level 3 coach. He runs our advanced footwork class on Sundays.
Our other primary foil coach is Vicky Fan. She is a certified OFMA Level 1 coach and has represented NZ several times as an individual and also as part of the Team NZ at multiple Commonwealth Fencing Championships. She has trained in NZ, Hong Kong and Hungary. Vicky has been fencing for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge and experience. She assists in leading footwork sessions and drills as well.
Ruby Chan is one of our junior coaches who helps with beginners and leads footwork and warm ups often. She is a current national champion and is an extremely competent fencer with an outstanding work ethic. She started fencing in Hong Kong and has continued to improve under the guidance of Coach Neil. She is a native Cantonese speaker and fluent in English as well.
Sining Ye is a former National, Oceanic and Chinese champion. She assists with running our beginners class and also helps coach some junior fencers during our sessions. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience that helps all of our fencers excel. She is also coached by Coach Neil. She is fluent in Mandarin and English.
They are a very close knit coaching team.
Our coaches are police checked and hold First Aid certificates.
If you would like individual lessons please talk with any of the coaches and we will figure out who will be most suitable for you. Individual lessons are the best way to improve and increase your skill level, in addition to group classes and footwork training.
Auckland Swords Fencing Club
021 868 011