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The High Performance Program Manager - Mr Paul Crook - can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


HPP National Coach - Foil

Antonio began working as a fencing teacher in 1994 in Kassel Germany under the French Maestro Dominique Gauville. In 1995 he was employed by Sicilian Club, Mazara where many of his students went on to win Italian Championships in both Foil and Sabre.

After the Sydney Olympic Games, he was asked by the Italian Fencing Federation to become a coach of the Italian National Team; first working with Juniors but later also with the Seniors. During the period between the Sydney and Athens Olympic Games many of his own students won medals in the European and World Junior Championships. He also contributed to many of the Italian team victories around the world during this period.

He was selected as a Italian Sabre Coach to the Athens Olympic Games where Italy won gold in the individual men’s sabre and silver in the team men’s sabre event.

In 2005 Antonio was employed by the Italian Federation as a National Coach to the Italian women’s foil team. In 2006 the Italian Federation employed him as a national coach to the Italian men’s and women’s sabre in addition to the women’s foil team. Coached Gulotta, Trillini (bronze and silver medallist at the World Championships) and Pigliapoco in womans foil. He also co-coached Tarantino and the womans foil team.


The National Foil Coach can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Antonio Signorello

Assistant coaches: 

NSW - Hugh Cotmann
Dimi Giovani
QLD -  Simon Leitch
SA - Leon Thomas
VIC - Aleksey Danilov
Robert Di Pasquale
WA - Stephen Lim


HPP National Coach - Epee

Vlad Sher

Assistant coaches:

NSW - Richard Emmerick
QLD -  Paul Crook
SA - Leon Thomas
VIC - Pieter Leeuwenburgh
Seamus Robinson


Vlad born in 1954 in the Republic of Belarus (Former USSR)

Graduated from Belarussian State Institute of Sport in 1977 with Bachelor Degree in Fencing and as Maitre D’Armes d’Escrime (Fencing Master Coach).

Vlad is Married with one daughter that has taken up fencing herself.

Career Highlights:

National Epee Coach from 1994. Represented Australia at four consecutive Olympic Games (1996 -2008) as Head Coach - Fencing.

Highlights of results achieved by fencers coached by me:

  • Evelyn Halls - eight medals in FIE World Cups & 2000-2004 Olympic Qualifier
  • Amber Parkinson (Silver & Bronze medallist at Asian Fencing Championship & 2008 Olympic Qualifier)
  • Charlotte Walker & Martin Camilleri ( winners of Junior World Cups)
  • Sarah Osvath - Olympic qualifier 1996
  • Gerry Adams - Top 16 Sydney Olympics.
  • Seamus Robinson -  Top 16 Havana World Fencing Championships 2003 and 2004 Olympic qualifier.

Enjoys cooking and gardening as hobbies.


The National Epee Coach can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HPP National Coach - Sabre

Antonio also holds the position of National Sabre Coach.



The National Sabre Coach can be contacted via email on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Antonio Signorello

Assistant coaches:

NSW - Michael Howard
David Hoffman
Jessica Brooks
Alex Andre
QLD -  David McFadyen
SA - Leon Thomas
WA - Stephen Lim