Simon Jones – Simon started fencing foil at a club in London many years ago and returned to the sport relatively recently to try and get a little fitter, lose some weight and to learn a new discipline in fencing épée. It can be argued that the increased fitness and weight loss have been successfully accomplished, however, Simon freely admits that mastery of the épée remains largely elusive.
As the club’s Chairman, Simon is one of the founding members who collectively decided that Worthing really needed its own fencing club and set about starting it up. Contact Simon
Director of Coaching
Steve Paul – Steven Paul is one of the UK’s best épéeists of the last 50 years. He has competed in three Olympic Games (1980 Foil and Épée, 1984 Épée, 1992 Épée) and achieved L16 in the Olympics twice. He has also won a World Cup, Commonwealth gold and was three times UK national champion. For ‘cool’ value Steve was also Pierce Brosnan’s fencing double in the James Bond film ‘Die Another Day‘.
Steve is also grandson to Leon Paul who began the Paul fencing dynasty. Members of the family have competed in 20 Olympic Games and 30 World Championships and have won 25 national titles. The Paul family has been a part of British fencing for almost a century. Steve’s experience is fundamental to our club as he coaches our head coach, Rob Parsons, and advises on coaching and the club’s future. Contact Steve
Mark Barrrowcliffe – Mark joined the club as Coach in June 2014. He has been well accepted by the club and is now well established. His love of coaching is obvious as he not only teaches beginner groups but offers one to one coaching to improvers and experienced fencers alike. Mark makes warm up and foot work fun and overall offers the club valuable training at all levels. Talking to Mark you will also find a very interesting literary side to him with several fascinating books to his name as a well published author.
Carla Field – Carla spent a couple of years learning foil and swapped to learning épée on joining Worthing Fencing Club 2 years ago along with her son. Carla has found fencing to be a great sport to challenge yourself, build strength, fitness and confidence. Not to mention the benefit of settling any disagreements with a good fencing bout!
Jo Bushby – Jo is one of the first people you will meet when you walk in to the club. Although not a fencer herself she ensures smooth running of the club and its members. As she is not fencing she is on the sidelines usually assisting people with questions, orders or requests. Jo is the backbone to the club and is usually seen surrounded by people as she takes payments, orders fencing club clothing or points people in the right direction.
All members of the committee are always on hand to help with any questions that you may have.