Stories worth sharing
"For most Western graduates their fondest memories of University will be filled with an assortment of ivy-covered buildings, Starbucks coffee, lecture halls, quirky professors and, of course, the odd soiree -- my warmest memories of Western are of this team. In my four years on this team, I not only grew as a fencer but as a person, and had the opportunity to meet some amazing people whom I am now lucky enough to call friends. Fencing is a combative, exciting sport that offers something for everyone. This team has pushed me to the best athlete I could possibly be and has ignited a passion for this sport. So as my time at Western, inevitably comes to a sad end, I intend to continue to fence and train with aspirations of international competition. Lastly, being a part of this team truly has been an amazing experience and if you ever have the chance I implore you to check out Thames Hall's best kept secret: the Western Fencing Team.”
Connor Wilson, Epee Fencer from Varsity Team 2012 - 2016
"When I look back on the year I have spent at Western, and more precisely, on the varsity fencing team, the first thing that comes to my mind is how good of an experience it was. Honestly, I did not know what to expect when I enrolled on the team; I did not know how people would treat me, or if I would manage to integrate myself amongst them. It was pretty scary, especially when I realized that most of the team members already knew each other. As of today's date, I am so happy that I am a part of the team, I can easily say that it made my exchange experience here at Western way better than I expected. It did not only give me the chance to fence, but also gave me the opportunity to meet amazing people. Among them, Shaun O’Reilly (the best sabre fencer) is one of the most amazing people that I met this year. From the beginning, he integrated me and made sure that I was part of the team. He was always a great support for me in competitions as well as outside of fencing, and I can say without any hesitation that he is my best encounter this year. Moreover, the team was like a second family to me. I was amazed how everyone was solidary and looked out for each other, which is what made coming to practice and going to competitions always a great pleasure for me. I want to thank everyone, as well as Carol and Brad, for helping me have such a good and fun time, I have made memories that I will never forget."
Shared by; Marie Lecoq
Sabre Fencer, Varsity Fencing Team 2015 -2016
"As my third and final season on Western’s Fencing Team comes to an end, the reality of how much I’ll miss my teammates, coaches and the overall experience also starts to sink in. When I first joined the team, I didn’t really know what to expect, but it didn’t take me long to fall in love with both the sport and the team. Fencing is a sport that pushes me both mentally and physically, and what I find most exciting is how it forces me to constantly read and react to my opponent. The fencing team at Western is also very welcoming and it can feel like we’re one big family. Even though the men’s and women’s team have tournaments on different days, we always show up to coach, support, and cheer for one another. Some of my favourite memories were off the piste, bonding with my teammates during our many road trips whether it was sharing our lives with one another or blasting music and singing along. The Western Fencing Team has been a huge part of my life at university and I will definitely miss being a part of it."
Shared by: Christine Poon
Sabre Fencer, Varsity Fencing Team 2012 - 2016
"This is my first year fencing and the decision to try out for the team is one of the best decisions that I have made. A member of our team, Kevin, sparked my interest in the sport when he introduced me to it as we studied for our developmental biology exam. I love looking for new experiences and trying new things, so I was excited to explore this new endeavour. As I quickly learned, it is a very complicated art. An elite fencer thinks about multiple things at once, such as appropriate distance with footwork, attacking with the right timing, and manipulating your opponent into moving the way you want them to. There is such an energy at tournaments, which has been my favourite part about joining the team; looking out and seeing a sea of purple, as we support a teammate fencing for gold. I have had an amazing experience this year, meeting some incredible people and slowly learning the “ins and outs” of this interesting sport."
Shared by: Carley Ort
Epee Fencer, Varsity Fencing Team 2015 - 2016
Letter from Frank to Fencing Team
October 18, 2004
It was a pleasure seeing you at homecoming a few weeks ago. As promised here is the only photo of 1982 - 1983 Epee fencing team.
The team was from left to right
Dave Dornian, Frank Ullrich (Captain), Mark Stegall.
There were no alternatives in epee.
Dave was a grad student, and this was his only year on the team. I think Mark was in 4th year, and he too was only on the team for one year. I was in 3rd year and it was my second year on the team. At the Ontario Open Championship tournament we won a team silver medal, but at the OUAA I don't think we did very well.
The following year the epee team consisted of me and two rookies, and we did not make it to the finals. I, however had a good year in the individual competition, and took the OUAA sober medal 83 - 84.
Well, the team seems to be in a good hands now. It looks to be in better shape now with no funding than it was with funding! Good luck providing more pictures and stuff.
Frank Ullrich (Captain of Men's Epee Team 1982-1983)"