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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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