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.
Yi Wei (Eason) Wen
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.
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.
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.
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.