The Victoria Fencing Club started in the 1970s. The goal of this non-profit club is to promote the sport of fencing. Since 1980, the club has been run by Dr. Nan-Sang Ho, a volunteer Olympic coach and philanthropist, his wife, Veronika, and their two sons Oliver and Christopher.
As a former Canadian National Team member, a successful competitive athlete and qualified NCCP coach, Nan taught fencing at the University of Victoria and several Victoria Recreation Centers. He volunteered his time daily, and his proudest accomplishment was to see one of his students, Monica Peterson, qualify for the 2012 London Olympics, after training her for over 16 years.
After his death in August 2015, Veronika continues his legacy. Veronika is a certified NCCP coach and competitive veteran’s fencer. Many of Nan’s former students are now qualified coaches, and also members of the Victoria Fencing Club. The club currently only operates in the University of Victoria, with a mission to support the university student-run recreational club and to introduce students into the sport of fencing at the beginning of each semester.
The UVic Fencing Club is supported by the following volunteer coaches:
- Veronika serves as coach, and mentors the student executive in running their university recreational club
- Ali Ulker as head coach runs the beginners classes for new students, and also shows interested experienced students how to teach the basics
- Gerald Luxton teaches intermediate and advanced fencing
- Caleb McIntosh teaches intermediate and advanced fencing
- Orion Stone-McNeil teaches intermediate and advanced fencing; Orion also operates his own fencing club, visit http://www.osmfencing.com for information
The University of Victoria is open for club membership to community members as well (space permitting). We always encourage fencers from other local fencing clubs to enjoy the facilities and company of fellow fencers at UVic.