Coffs Coast fencing students compete in Newcastle

Finnley Clarke and Edward Benedetti of Duellists Fencing Club competing at the Northern Region Fencing Competition.

FORMER Olympian Scott Arnold began his fencing journey as a skinny teenager on the Gold Coast in the 1980s.

Going along to a small fencing club with his mates just to try it out, the sport became a lifelong passion; competing in state and national tournaments and winning national titles.

Arnold went on to represent Australia in World Cup competitions, World Championships, and Commonwealth Fencing Championships, with gold, silver and bronze medal victories.

He also competed at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics before going on to coach athletes for their Olympic campaigns in 2000, 2012 and 2016, with a gold medal result to Chloe Esposito in 2016.

Duellists Fencing Club was established in 2022 following Scott’s move from Melbourne to Coffs Harbour.

Club members, who train in the Upper Orara Hall, recently travelled to Newcastle to compete in the Northern Region Novice event.

Hosted by Newcastle Fencing Club at the Newcastle PCYC, the competition was supported by the NSW Fencing Association and their Regional Fencing Development plan.

In the under 17 Epee, Finnley Clarke took first place with Edward Benedetti third.

Both boys are only thirteen-years-old.

In the Open Epee (mixed), Lee Collier was awarded second place.

Lee was the best placed female in the competition.

Numbers at the club are growing, with beginner programs on offer (ideal for twelve years and over).

The next beginner program commences on 22 July.

Registrations and enquiries can be made via email at or by calling 0425884927.

For younger children, the club offers a Mini Musketeer program which suits children aged seven to twelve years.

Thomas Ward, Lee Collier, Finnley Clarke, Edward Benedetti, Duellists Fencing Club coach Scott Arnold and Newcastle Fencing Club coach Eddie Bridge

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