Simon joined Hutt Valley Fencing Club in 2018 as a way to get fit and lose weight following a break from fencing of 25 years. During the break he was a corporate trainer at many Fortune 500 companies in Japan.
In 2020 he restarted coaching, attending UFC8 in Melbourne, learning a great deal from Italian maestro Enrico Di Ciolo. He has also completed an OCEANIA FENCING MASTERS ACADEMY Program – 1st Oceania Online Coaching Education Foil Level 1 course as well as coaching in Japan.
He enjoys fencing epee, sabre and foil.