Russell Johnson (Senior Coach – Sabre, Foil)

I have been fencing at HVFC for the past 16 years starting at the age of 7. I have been coaching in 2011 by helping our senior coach with group work.

I have achieved my OFMA level 1 coaching qualifications. This an internationally recognised coaching standard which I have been able to utilize as part of a wider coaching team, and now as an independent coach since 2013.

I attended the Ultimate Fencing Camp 8 at the beginning of 2020. This was an excellent learning experience where I was able to experiment with the way that I think about running fencing lessons. This was hosted by Italian maestro Enrico Di Ciolo.

In terms of individual achievements, I have represented NZ in foil and sabre at Australian competitions as an U13, U15 and U17 fencer. Last year I represented NZ in the Oceania Fencing Championships where I won the U20 sabre title. I have also represented New Zealand at the South East Asian Championship in 2017. I have held a number of national sabre titles such as the North Island Open Sabre, NZ Secondary School Sabre and NZ U20 Sabre titles.