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Candidate for the position of Fencing - Men's Firsts Captain

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Shae McFadden

As the Men’s First Team Captain, I will bring the entirety of my fencing experience to the roll, supporting all tiers of the club’s activity with the goal of bringing the Premier League and Varsity Cup home to King’s.

My fencing career began at the local level in borrowed kit and went all the way to being a High-Performance competitor on Team Canada, fencing all over the world. Fencing and my exposure to the global community is what ultimately brought me to Kings. As the Men’s First Team Captain, I will rely on my experiences gained during my journey to Team Canada to help bring out the best in the Men’s First Team as well as the society as a whole. I will use my expertise from running club training camps, team trials and matches to push and prepare our fencers on and off the piste. I have been the team lead on all my team projects at Kings and I will apply those learnings, experiences and management skills to organize the team for both home and away competitions. I have observed numerous opportunities for increasing the effectiveness of communication within the men’s first team and would work with the committee to create the programs necessary to facilitate open, timely dialogue. I have also noticed that the Men’s First Team is very disconnected from the rest of the society and as team captain, I would strive to improve comradery by encouraging first team members to participate in club practices. Comingling of the teams will help four-fold: firstly, allow the coaches to have a critical mass of fencers for practise; secondly, it will improve the calibre and skills training at the club practices; thirdly, improve the competitive level of the club fencers and finally, allow all members to get to know each other developing a team spirit. Group practises will hopefully close the divide between first team members and the rest of the society. Also, when a King’s first team member cannot make a competition, a stronger secondary tier may make the absence less of a hardship and allow non-team members the ability and confidence to compete for their school.  Creating the framework for a society that is inclusive, supportive, cohesive and fun that has the focused primary goals of bringing home the championships would be the foundations for my tenure.