While fencing was officially introduced at Western in 1954 as an invitational sport, fencing classes and tournaments took place in the 1940s.
Western women won Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association (OWIAA) championships in the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.
Sabine Nolke was a prominent figure in women’s fencing at Western, first as a competitor and then as a coach, through the 1980s. During her time as coach, the women’s fencing team won the OWIAA championships a total of five times.
Other women’s fencing coaches during the 1980s included Marian Zakrzewski and Brigitte Gagné as well as Tomek Amborski, who coached from 1988 to 1992. Paul Simms acted as head coach from 1997-2001.
Between the late 1970s and 1993, nine Western women won provincial championships.
In 2004, Western’s men’s and women’s fencing included teams in the three fencing weapon categories of sabre, foil and epée.
For a history of men's fencing click here.