Introduction To Fencing, Winnipeg, MB

Soldier On will be offering an Introduction to Fencing program. We are excited to give our members from the Winnipeg area an opportunity to learn the unique and strategic sport of fencing. Participants will gain both mental and physical strength while unconsciously letting go of life’s stress and strategizing their movements to score points on their opponent.

This activity will bring together both serving and retired ill/injured CAF members, allowing participants to connect through peer support and encourage a healthy and active lifestyle.  

The objective of this activity will give participants the opportunity to learn the sport of fencing broaden their choices of activities to stay active and healthy. 

No prior fencing experience required

This program will be an introduction to fencing using the main swords of combat; the Foil, Sabre & Epee. Participants will learn basic techniques, footwork, blade work and bouting. Each session will allow participants to practice their newly learned skills, and gain confidence in their abilities. 

Assistance throughout the event will be provided courtesy of Lighting Fencing Club. Home (lightningfencingclub.ca) 

The number of Soldier On participants is limited to eight (8). 

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:  
Any serving member or veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) from the Winnipeg geographical area who acquired a permanent physical or mental health illness or injury while enrolled as a member of the CAF; whether attributable or not to service. 

Serving Members:  
Medical clearance may be required by your chain of command.  

Mental & Physical Requirements.   
Participants must be able to tolerate 1.5 hours of light paced activities for each of the event days. Applicants must have a limited requirement for rest throughout the duration of the event. Participants will be joined by other ill/injured members and civilians, and therefore should be able to function in a social environment.   

Deadline for Nomination Forms. 
Must be received by Soldier On NLT October 26, 2022
Click here to fill out your expression of interest.

COVID-19
Soldier On events are planned in accordance with municipal, provincial, territorial and federal public health measures (PHM) and regulations as well as the Canadian Armed Forces health policy and guidelines. The health and safety of Soldier On participants and staff, PSP staff, and CAF TG personnel are paramount. 

While specific safety precautions for each event will depend on the scope, scale and location of the event, the utmost care will be undertaken to ensure the risk associated with the spread of COVID-19 is very low. Specific precautions, rules, regulations and observances will be communicated to selected participants for this specific camp in due course, but all applicants must be prepared to: 

  • Be familiar with, and adhere to current PHM regulations and guidance; 

  • Refrain from participating in a Soldier On event if they have tested positive for COVID-19, have come in contact with someone that has tested positive for COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms of the virus; 

  • Practice physical distancing during activity, including the use of non-medical mask when appropriate; 

  • Follow all safety precautions provided by Soldier On and its sport service providers; 

  • Inform Soldier On immediately if you are not feeling well. 

Soldier on, during the conduct of this activity, shall: 

  • Ensure that the event is conducted following the current PHM regulations and guidelines of the location in question; 

  • Ensure that all staff and participants are using PPE properly and following necessary protocols;  

  • Soldier On will cease the event if participants do not respect any of the health and safety protocols that are in place; 

  • Ensure PPE, hand sanitizer and disinfectant supplies are available and used according to current PHM;  

  • Continue to monitor the further provincial lifting of or changes in restrictions which may affect their operations;  

  • Track physical interactions (time/date/attendees/location) on physical activity log.

Confirmation Details
The event OPI will confirm in writing with the participants selected for this activity.  

A joining instruction will be issued prior to event; ensuring applicants are authorized to participate IAW applicable policies & eligibility criteria. 

Conclusion
The Winnipeg Introduction to Fencing event will encourage ill/injured serving CAF personnel and veterans to develop new skills, engage with others while personally challenging themselves.   


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