Fencing Club

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Name: Fencing Club

Previous/other names: N/A

Prominent date(s) of activity: 1953 - present.

History: The UNB/STU Fencing Club is the longest running fencing club in Atlantic Canada. The sport was introduced to UNB by Hienz Wie Hager, a WWII veteran of the German army on the Russian Front. Heger, who held several fencing titles in Europe, began giving lessons to the city of Fredericton in early 1953.

Activities: Members participate in fencing practices at all skill levels, with a focus on improving endurance, fitness, reflexes, and mental strength.

Note(s): UNB's first fencing tournament took place on March 24, 1953, with Sandy Figdor winning every one of his six matches. Seven club members attended, each playing against the other six players, but Figdor had the left-handed advantage. Only foil matches were held during the tournament, with sabre fights being cancelled due to broken sword.

The club held the 2009 Atlantic University Fencing Champions title.

In 2010 UNB hosted three events over the course of a weekend: The 2010 UNB Shield, the Atlantic Fencing Championship, and the Atlantic Team Fencing Championship. Editors from UNB and STU's rival papers took the opportunity to duel it out during this event, calling the challenge the "Duel of the Hill". Mayor Brad Woodside also participated in the event, volunteering to duel against the winner of an on-line auction.


  • UNB Student Union, Clubs and Societies, [Fencing Club]
  • Up the Hill, 1990, p. 97.
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 143, no. 22, 2010, p. 14.
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 143, no. 23, 2010, p. 14.
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 74, no. 6, 1953, p. 5.
  • Scrapbook, 1952-1953, unnumbered pages.

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