P R O G R A M I N F O R M A T I O N

WHO CAN JOIN

Membership is open to all UNB/STU university students, and community members 15 or older.


Visitors are welcome to drop in at anytime.

PROGRAMS AVAILABLE

Currently Épée is the only sword available to fencers of all skill levels.


However, if members are interested Foil & Sabre, programs can be arranged.

MEMBERSHIP REQUIREMENTS

UNB/STU students already have access to the Currie Center facility, and will only need to register for the club with URec at the front desk.


All community members must see the front desk to purchase a URec membership, as well as register for the club.

Please visit the URec website here for community membership fees.


Please see our Registration & Fees page for more information.

PROGRAM SPECIFICS

Practices are held on the second floor of the Currie Center, in the Hatheway Family Fitness Studio.


Beginner Program runs Monday & Wednesday 8:00PM-9:00PM

  • These sessions are led by Coach Melodie

  • Monday & Wednesday are repeat lessons so feel free to come to one, or the other, or both!

  • All equipment is provided: jacket, sous-plastron, glove, mask, sword, chest protector, etc.

  • Please wear athletic pants (*not jeans*) and flat shoes (*clean/not outdoor shoes*)

  • Bring water!


Open Advanced Bouting runs Monday & Wednesday 8:00PM-10:00PM

  • A piste is set up for those who have fenced before and would like to come out to get some bouting going


Options for Foil & Sabre

Beginner foil lessons can be arranged with Coach Melodie, if there is a club interest.


Beginner-Advanced sabre sessions are led by Jim Stevens, the head coach of Beaches Sabre Club East. Practices are held off campus at his salle, 512 George Street. Attending his practices can be arranged for interested fencers. Please speak with an executive member or email fencing. unb@gmail.com, so we can help coordinate with Jim, and provide you with the appropriate information for when to attend practices.

COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS

As per the University of New Brunswick COVID-19 Protocols, all participants of any UNBSU Club or Society event, must be fully vaccinated. Therefore, to register for the club you must provide a proof of vaccination to the URec front desk. That can in the form of one of the following:

  • Immunization record from an RHA clinic, pharmacy or Public Health

  • Photo or copy of an immunization record

  • MyHealth NB record *or home provinces health record

  • Proof of Vaccination from another jurisdiction

  • Medical exemption certificate (proof of exemption signed by a healthcare provider or an accommodation letter signed by the UNB Student Accessibility Centre)


Please note the following protocols for mask wearing:

  • Return to Play Policies: Masks are required when not actively engaged in high intensity/aerobic activities, including participants who are not engaged in active play. Therefore, everyone is required to wear their mask when not actively fencing, and we ask that you please try to remain 2-metres away from those actively fencing, as they will not have a mask on (i.e., watching/reffing).

  • UNB Mask Requirements: Medical masks (i.e., surgical or KN95) are recommended, however, cloth masks or disposable masks are allowed.

  • Currie Centre Protocols: Masks in locker rooms and hallways, following directional signage, and frequent hand washing continues to be required.

These measures ensure safety for all of our members and we thank you for your cooperation.

C O A C H I N G S T A F F

MELODIE PIERCEY

Melodie began fencing at the UNB Fencing Club in 2005 where she learned all three weapons, but settled on epee as her primary weapon of choice. She has worn many hats as a fencer, armourer, referee, and executive member.

Her desire to coach sports led her to the Fredericton District Soccer Association in 2007 where she has coached youth soccer teams off and on over the years. Realizing that the UNB Fencing Club needed coaching support in foil and epee, Melodie stepped up in January 2012 to fill this gap. She has received coach training from the Coaching Association of Canada and Fencing-Escrime NB.

She looks forward to sharing her passion for this amazing sport!

JIM STEVENS

Jim Stevens is an NCCP Certified Level 3 Coach and currently teaches at the UNB Fencing Club.

Jim has been fencing for over 20 years, and been coaching sabre fencers for the majority of that time.

Jim strives to help you find your own love of the sport of fencing, and also to get you on the quickest path to long-term success.