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Ares Pentathlon & Fencing Fall Newsletter
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Welcome to Our First Newsletter!

Every couple of months, you will be receiving a newsletter from us in an effort to keep our community informed, but also to decrease the amount of emails we will send you. These newsletters will contain important information about current events, scheduling changes, upcoming competitions, plus some words of wisdom from our coaches. Read on to find out what is going on in the Ares Pentathlon & Fencing community for this autumn, and thanks for your continued support!
Ares Open House this month was a great success!

Important Fall Scheduling Information 

It's a great idea to refer to the "Calendar" tab at to see the latest schedules and find out when events and competitions are.

 Upcoming Events

October 20: Advanced Fencing with Petar Begins (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday) 

October 22: Run/Shoot and Swim Begins (See below for details)

October 23: Introduction to Fencing begins (6 session course) Registration now open!

October 26th: Ares AGM 6:30 pm ALL WELCOME

October 30th:  Halloween Fencing Tournament 6:00pm  - 8:00 pm
November 12th: Alberta Winter Games Zone 3 Tournament (Ages 12-16 eligible. Inquire w/ club to register.)

Nov 21st: Calgary
All Sport One Day (adult version) 2:00- 3:30 pm 
November 28th:  Ares Annual Autumn Pentathlon Mini-Meet- All encouraged to attend! 
Talisman Centre, 10 am - 1:30 pm 

Please email if you would like more information on any of the above events. 


What Does Fencing Teach Your Child?

By Coach Darragh O'Malley

Fencing is an ancient sport dating back to the 1400’s. Back then the sport was introduced to prepare students and participates for real combat. In today’s modern age, the sport has developed into an Olympic sport and has taken a step away from the simplistic art of combat.

Although fencing isn’t preparing your child for real combat, it does develop and teach certain skills that will help your child in day to day life.

Fencing is an athletic and fine motor skill sport. Not only does Fencing take muscle endurance and fitness, it also requires high levels of hand-eye coordination. A fencer must move swiftly on their feet to evade their opponent, but must also be in total control of their epee (sword) to deftly strike when given the chance.

The art and sport of fencing is based deeply in tradition. Each bout (match) starts and ends by saluting your opponent in an act of respect and sportsmanship. Fencing, like other individual combat sports teaches discipline, respect and self-reliance.  An athlete must be dedicated and patient to practice and learn the skills required to fence. They must respect their coaches and opponents. Fencing also teaches athletes to think for themselves and to problem solve on their feet. In a bout, there is only themselves and their opponent, they do not have others to rely on and must succeed on their own.

Lastly, fencing teaches friendship and camaraderie. Even though fencing is an individual sport, the friendships formed during the countless training hours or travelling to tournaments last a lifetime. Being able to share in the agony of defeat, or the joys of victory builds a bond in teammates that follow them through life.

In the end, fencing is not only about athletic achievements. Fencing is a sport rich in history and practice. Most athletes that enter fencing, leave with a sense of accomplishment, self-confidence, mutual respect for others and long lasting friendships.

Program Times: 
*Please note time changes*

Mondays: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm 
Intermediate Fencing 

Tuesdays: 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Advanced Fencing  Oct 20, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24

Thursdays: 6:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Thursdays: 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Fridays: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced Fencing

Fridays: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Open Bouting


Athletes are expected to be changed and ready to train for the start of practice.  Please make an effort to be at least 15 minutes early for your lesson. 

No Practice Dec 22-Jan 3rd
Friday, March 25th
ALL OTHER DAYS: Practice runs as usual unless otherwise notified.
New Ares Golf Shirts with logo are In and only $25!
Please contact Lynne to order at!

Nourishing Your Athlete

Better-For-You Chocolate Recovery Smoothie

A nourishing option for post-activity recovery that contains plant-based protein for muscles, anti-inflammatory fats and low sugar ingredients for long lasting energy. 

1 cup almond or coconut milk

1 small banana or 3 pitted dates

1 tablespoon peanut butter

2 heaping teaspoons high quality cocoa powder (raw or unsweetened)

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tbsp hemp seeds

Handful ice cubes

Place in highspeed blender and blend until smooth. 

Recipe courtesy of Nutritionist Barb Thomas, CHN

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Fencing For Adults- Come Try for Free!

On November 21, Ares is pleased to be the exclusive host for the fencing component of All Sport One City- an initative that gets more Calgarians more active more often! Register through to try a fencing session with us at the Talisman Centre that day! For any adult that attends, get a discount for child fencing lessons with us as a bonus! 

Upcoming Events at Ares

October 20: Advanced Fencing with Petar Begins (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday)

October 22: Run/Shoot and Swim Begins : If you have an athlete interested in trying the run/shoot and swim components of pentathlon, please email us at to register them for thursday practice. There is limited space. For swimming, there are 6 junior spots available (ability to swim 50 meters without stopping) and 6 senior spots (ability to swim 100 meters without stopping).  Spots are filled on a first come, first served basis; ensure your spot by replying popping us an email.


October 23: Introduction to Fencing begins (6 session course) Registration now open! Email us to secure your spot!

October 26th: Ares AGM 6:30 pm ALL WELCOME Please join us in the Learning Room at the Talisman Centre to learn about the direction the club will be taking this year!


October 30th:  Halloween Fencing Tournament 6:00pm  - 8:00 pm This is a fun night for our club members only to fence in a tournament style. Please come ready to fence as if it were a regular practice. No entry fee or qualification required. 


November 12th: Alberta Winter Games Zone 3 Tournament (Ages 12-16 eligible. Inquire w/ club to register.)

Nov 21st: Calgary All Sport One Day (adult version) 2:00- 3:30 pm 


November 28th:  Ares Annual Autumn Pentathlon Mini-Meet- All encouraged to attend!  More information to follow!  Talisman Centre, 10 am - 1:30 pm

Ares member Danja Currie-Olsen Competes at Nationals!

Ares is proud to announce that club member Danja Currie-Olsen placed 1st in Jr. A division at the Canadian Pentathlon National Championships in Waterloo, Ontario. Danja competed in all five disciplines for the first time ever- this was her first time riding in a pentathlon event. She was also the youngest fencer in the Senior group, and the only Albertan to compete, and she finished with solid times and no disqualifications. 

Amazing job, Danja!