Welcome to the home of the Lightning Fencing Club in Winnipeg CANADA eh.
The Lightning Fencing Club was founded in 1993 by David and Patricia Howes.
The club started with a few members from the local military base, where David served at Air Command Headquarters. As time went by, the membership grew beyond the confines of a "base" club and extended its reach into the general population. At the club's peak it boasted a membership of over 100.
Both Patti and Dave taught all three sword types to members aged 8 to 50+.
Their greatest personal accomplishment in fencing, while in Manitoba, was to coach the Manitoba Fencing Team to a 5 medal win at the 2003 Canada Winter Games. Patti and Dave pulled the 15 fencers and 5 alternates into a cohesive fencing force. The members of the 2003 team were coached by their individual club coaches and together Manitoba had their best fencing results at the Winter Games up until that time.
In 2002 Patti accepted the position as Head Coach of the Royal Military College of Canada fencing program. She moved to Kingston, Ontario that summer to assume her duties. David, being a serving military Captain in the Canadian Military (Air Force) stayed in Winnipeg with their two daughters, until transfer could be arranged to Kingston.
David transferred to Kingston in June of 2003 and started Cutting Edge Fencing the same year.
The reigns of the Lightning Fencing Club were assumed by a club member, Alan McCracken, who still serves in that capacity today.Cutting Edge Fencing - Kingston, Ontario