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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).

QFA Awards Dinner

Each year, the Queensland Fencing Association holds an Awards Dinner to celebrate the achievements of Queensland Fencers from the previous year and to launch the start of our new season.

The QFA 2016 Awards Presentation will be held on Friday 17th February at the Wilston Grange AFL Club (Hickey Park, Babarra St, Stafford) starting from 7:00 pm.

There are a number of awards which will be presented on the evening, including
- Circuit Medals for the top ranked fencers from the QFA Rankings in each weapon and age category from 2016
- Announcement of the 2017 QFA Scholarship Program Recipients
- Volunteer of the Year Awards
- QFA Fencer of the Year Awards for Junior Male, Junior Female, Senior Male, Senior Female and Veteran Categories
- Queensland Fencer of the Year

Tickets to the Awards Dinner are $24 per person (includes dinner with drinks available to purchase).

Buy your tickets here by Monday 13 February.

Queensland fencers tour Europe

Queensland fencers on tour

Every summer while most Australian fencers take a well-earned break, a few dedicated souls jump 10 time zones to train and compete in Europe.

The Australian Fencing Federation runs coach designated tours specific to each age category and weapon in January and February most years.

Read more: Queensland fencers tour Europe

New Strength and Conditioning Program

Queensland squad fencers now have access to expert strength and conditioning training after the Queensland Fencing Association invested nearly $6,000 in squat racks, bar bells, weights and benches.

Sessions are run before squad by Gareth Maclean, a national representative sabreur with a degree in exercise and movement science and a level two qualified strength and conditioning coach.

Gareth says his main aim is to reduce fencers’ injury rates as well as “making them stronger and more powerful”.

Read more: New Strength and Conditioning Program

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