- President – Grace Segall – University
Grace is a 4th year undergraduate Biochemistry student. She takes on the role of President having been club Treasurer last year and Outreach Officer the year before, organising fencing taster sessions in local primary schools. She has fenced foil for the Women’s Blues for three years and has represented Great Britain at Cadet level and been selected for the Junior squad. When not fencing she enjoys frequenting the front row of Zumba with the rest of the women’s team.
- Secretary – Liam Stigant – Jesus
Liam is a first year mathematician at Jesus College. This is his first OUFC committee role, but having joined the club and moved straight to the Blues squad he is likely to remain a club fixture for some time.
- Treasurer – Alex Savin – LMH
Alex, more commonly known as Savin, is a 4th year physicist and BFA stalwart. If you can’t find him in a pub (usually Eagle & Child), he will be found in G&Ds. If not, he will probably be stowed away in the isolated kingdom of LMH that can be found north of the Wall. If you don’t know where that is either read/watch Game of Thrones and then talk to him about it and he will be very happy 🙂
- Men’s Captain – Sean Jamshidi – Wadham
Sean is a 4th year mathematics student who has been fencing foil for over 10 years. He captained the seconds team previously, before joining the blues team in 2014/15. After a couple of years away from the domestic circuit, he came back this year and was part of the Oxford Blues foil team that achieved 6th place in the national championships. Please get in touch with any queries relating to the mens firsts. When not fencing, he can be found bemoaning the lack of decent cider in Oxford.
- Women’s Captain – Maddi Pearce – Hertford
Maddi is starting the second year of DPhil in Biological Sciences. Predominantly she is a foilist, having competed on the blues team at foil for two years but has been known to pick up a sabre when needed. She also coaches beginners foil, and competes on the domestic foil circuit. In what little time isn’t spent fencing or attempting to convince people her degree is not just watching David Attenborough, she enjoys watching David Attenborough, writing and the occasional trip to Park End.
- Social Secretary (Joint) – TBA
To be co-opted by the committee over the summer (previously held by the departing Reuben and Jack, whose time in Oxford is sadly over).
Beginners’ Secretary – Chad Heitzenrater – Kellogg
Chad is entering the second year of his DPhil in Computer Science. He joined OUFC this year on the beginners’ programme, and was so enamoured with it that he volunteered to stay and help run next year’s while he makes the transition from foil to sabre. In the rare instance he is not at his computer or fencing, he can often be found reading in a pub, offsetting that with some jogging, or — when he’s really lucky — spending time with his wife & three kids.
- Intermediates’ Secretary – Hannah Schneiders – St Hilda’s
Hannah started fencing at OUFC in her first year and went on to fence all three weapons for the Assassins over the past three years, two of them as Captain. She is now focusing on developing her sabre. There’s not room for much outside OUFC, but when time permits she dabbles in Modern Pentathlon and Medicine. When not doing sport or pretending to be a doctor she enjoys long walks outdoors and chasing sticks.
- Armourer – Joseph Pearce
Joe is a recent Oxford alumnus and a stalwart of OUFC. Over his years at University he was both coach to many of the Oxford novices and a proud member of the men’s assassins, fencing all three weapons during his time on the team. Since leaving Oxford he has started working as a full time fencing coach. This year Joe is the club armourer and plans to keep the kit in good working order and to try and combat the force of entropy’s constant grip upon the club’s cupboards.
- Health and Safety Officer – Celine Brendler-Spaeth – St John’s
- Celine is a first year medical student at St John’s. She started fencing at around the age of 10 and competed at both national and international Cadet and Junior levels. Currently a foilist for the OUFC women’s seconds team, she is also partial to the odd epee bout every now and then. Being a medical student and having trained with St John’s ambulance paramedics for almost 2 years, as well as having seen a wide range of injuries sustained whilst fencing, she is both Healthy and Safe.
- PR and Alumni Officer – Ed Wareham – Jesus
Edmund is a one time Secretary, 2nds Captain, Health & Safety Officer, President and Alumni Officer of the club. He enjoyed the last post so much that’s he back to do it again. His main qualification for this role is publishing a “meticulously recorded” (The Sword, Jan. 2014) account of fencing at Westminster School, with former Oxford fencer Edmund Gray. Fearing the website would crash due to demand, you can’t find it on Amazon.
- Outreach Officer – Will Bankes – Univ
Will is a first-year student at University and a current OUFC intermediate foilist. He will be responsible for reaching out to the local community and getting more people into fencing.
- OUMPA LOOMPA – TBA
The OUMPA LOUMPA acts as a liaison between OUFC and the modern pentathletes, who share some equipment and training times as well as the occasional coach.
- IT Officer – Katriel Cohn-Gordon – Merton
Katriel is a DPhil student in cyber security at Merton. He is going into his second year of a DPhil, having been a first-year at Oxford no fewer than three times (if you count them just right). He has fenced every year this millenium, originally representing the Other Place but soon moving to OUFC after seeing the error of his ways.