Our Team


We would like to introduce the Finchley Foil Team

All our coaches are British Fencing registered

We also have invaluable help from our coaching assistants, who come from our older 'Gold' group of fencers



Clare Halsted
Coach and Club Manager

Olympic foilist 1972, 1976
Veteran's World Champion 2012
GP and passionate about health and fitness (so no sugary drinks at Finchley Foil)


Leo Suarez - Head Coach

Former member of the Cuban National Foil Team, Cuban Junior Under 20 Champion and Central American Champion.
Leo moved to London in 2002.
He has been a Senior Foil Coach at Salle Paul since 2010.
Very tall, smiles a lot especially when the sun is shining.


Marinko Stepinac - Coach

From Croatia
An Accident and Emergency nurse
(amongst many other things)

Justyna Osmańska (formerly Anuszewska)

Justyna has been a member of the Polish Olympic Team since 2007 and has competed at World Championships and European Championships.
Justyna has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education with a Major in Personal Training.
Her Master’s thesis was to examine the effects of a 6-week plyometric and locomotion speed training for a group of fencers.

She likes her fencers to be fast and fit!



Sharon Brosnan
Club Secretary

Keeps the club going through thick and thin and all-round hard-worker
Qualified Early Years practitioner working with 4-8 years in mainstream school


Rosemary Gilmour
Parent committee member