Sarah Paveley is Cambridge Sword Head Coach and Club Manager. She started fencing when she was 9 and had a successful competitive career as a junior, senior and veteran, gaining two silver Commonwealth medals. Sarah says “I want to pass on my love for the sport to my pupils. My first principle is that my fencers should enjoy their fencing at whatever level they choose, whether that’s as a club fencer or an international. I'm keen to offer the support and training fencers require to reach their potential therefore I regularly attend competitions and am always ready to have a chat about development and training."
Linda Strachan BEM: an Olympian who competed in the women’s foil events at the 1988 Seoul and 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, won a total of seven National Senior Women's Foil titles and a total of nine Commonwealth Games medals. Linda is the coach and club manager at Newham Swords. In 2015, she was awarded the British Empire Medal (as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours List) for founding Newham Swords and for her services to sport in the community. Linda coaches Advanced Sessions at Cambridge Sword on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Pierre Harper: a professional coach who has competed at three Olympic Games and won six national Senior Men’s Foil British titles and six Commonwealth Games gold medals during his international competitive career. His coaching career (spanning 30 years) has been equally successful, having taken a total of twenty five young people from grass roots to international level.
Julia Malinowska: Julia started fencing at the Parkside After School Club, coached by Sarah. After only 4 years fencing, she qualified as a coach in Summer 2019 and is already an indispensable member of our coaching team, full of enthusiasm and energy to take our fencers forward.
Lessons: Our coaches are available to give private individual lessons. To make arrangements, please speak directly to the coaches or contact them through the club.
Coach development: Cambridge Sword in association with Cambridge Fencing Association is very keen to support fencers wishing to develop as coaches. Please contact us if you want to talk about how we can work together.