Robert Di Pasquale
Rob is head coach at Blacklords and a level 3 coach with a diploma of fencing from the International Fencing Federation (FIE). He is also the state coach and assistant national coach for the Australian Fencing Federation. The fencers Rob has coached have won over 100 national gold medals including multiple national open men's foil championships. They have also fenced internationally taking 5th at the Youth Olympics and 13th at the World Junior Championships. As a national coach Rob has led Australian teams to victories over Poland and Russia in the 2015 and 2016 World Junior Teams Championships and to a top 8 results in the Junior World Cup and Asian Cadet Championships. Rob is also an internationally accredited referee with an International B licence from the FIE.
Tais is a former Olympian fencer for Brazil and a current national coach for Australia. She has competed in individual and team foil World Cup and World Championships over many years. She finished 30th in the women's foil competition at the Olympic Games in Brazil in 2016.
Jasper is a level 1 foil coach, now with a number of years experience under his belt. Jasper has performed at the National level in both Foil and Epee whilst also representing the University of Melbourne at the Australian University Games, where he finished with six Gold medals. He coaches predominantly younger fencers, with an aim of helping them reach their individual goals. His focus is aimed towards developing the skills of these younger and less-experienced fencers, and on enabling them to participate in the sport in a fun and friendly environment. Jasper's wealth of experience with younger fencers has seen him act as a coach for three years in a row at the Koala Cup, an event in New South Wales for the Under 9, Under 11 and Under 13 disciplines, attracting fencers from many international countries in the region, most recently as an officially appointed coach of Fencing Victoria.
Yi Wei (Eason) Wen
At the age of 19, Ned has won a record thirteen individual under-age titles in fencing in both foil and epee and one open national championship in foil.
He competed at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China in 2014 in foil finishing in 5th place. He came13th at Junior World Championships in Bourge, France 2016 (the best result for Australia since 1972 and the second best ever).
At the Junior World Championships 2015 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Ned was the finishing fencer in the Australian Junior Men’s Foil Team that made the top 8 for the first time in Australian fencing history, defeating Poland along the way. Ned is a certified level 1 foil coach.
Immy is an accomplished foilist and sabreur, having won the Under 15 National Sabre Championships and two National individual bronze medals in Cadet Womens Foil. She has been a key part of the Victorian State Foil and Sabre teams since she began competing. Immy took much of 2016 off to complete her Year 12 studies, and has now returned to fencing with enthusiasm! She has been awarded a sports scholarship at the University of Melbourne, where she is undertaking a Bachelor of Science. Immy enjoys coaching boys and girls of all ages and abilities.
Eason has over 10 years coaching experience in epee and foil in both China and Australia. He is particularly focused on inspiring children to develop their understanding and ability in fencing and their competitive techniques. As a competitor, Eason has ranked in the top 8 in open national epee competitions and has medalled in open epee teams. His students have won and medalled in multiple state and national competitions over many years.
Matt is a current member of the Australian Fencing Team and has been representing Australia at international level since the age of 13. Individually he broke into the open world top 100 rankings in 2014 at the age of 16 and won the Oceania Open Foil Championship in the same year. He has since won several national and state championships and is the current UniGames gold medal holder (2016 and 2017). In team events Matt anchored the Australian team at the 2014 Commonwealth Championships in Scotland and along with Ned Fitzgerald was part of the Australian team that defeated Russia (then world No 2) and Poland (also world number 2) in the 2015 and 2016 Junior World Championships respectively. Matt is a certified level 1 foil coach and is also the fencing coach of Caulfield Grammar School.
Scott has achieved greater international success in fencing than all but a few Australians. He competed at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 finishing in the top 64 in the men's individual epee. In the same year he finished in the top 32 at the World Cup in Monal, France. He won silver in the men's individual epee and gold in the men's team epee at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in 1998. He has won 5 national open individual epee gold medals most recently in 2010.