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The National High Performance Manager will hold an information session for interested parents or supporters of HPP or prospective HPP fencers at the competition venue in Marrickville on Sunday the 5th of July at 5.30pm. The HPM will be available to discuss matters that pertain to the High Performance pathway for athletes wishing to represent Australia at world championship level including athlete agreements and general operating procedures for those new to this level of commitment.
The exact location that the session will be held will be announced in the Marrickville venue, 15 minutes before hand.
A very special moment for U15 fencers in Australia: a new trophy has been added to the AFF Collection: The Frank Bartolillo Cup. For annual perpetual competition between the Australian Fencing Associations, during the Australian Under-15 Championships. The winning Association's name will be engraved on a plate fixed for this purpose on the Cup. The Frank Bartolillo Cup should be presented every year after the National Under-15 Championships. Frank completed an outstanding international career culminating in Olympic Selection for Athens 2004. In 1996, Frank won each of the Australian U/20, U/17 and U/15 Foil Championships and the U/20 and U/17 Sabre – 5 National titles and the only winner of all three foil titles in the one year. Continuing to break records, he became the youngest Australian Open Foil Champion at 16. Equally competent with both foil and sabre Frank amassed 28 GOLD medals at Australian age and open Championships. A truly amazing athlete and role model. The AFF wishes all U15 fencers competing in the upcoming U15 Championships in Sydney safe travels and a successful tournament
Limoges, France, 20th October - 25th October 2014
The Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) is now making a call for nominations from athletes for selection to represent Australia at the 2015 World Veterans Championships (all weapons, including Teams events). Nominations close on Sunday 5 July. Cost-related information can be found on the Fees and Charges web page, on this web site under the Documents and Policies menu.
To nominate for this event or to see who is already nominated, click here.
Please note the age category assessment for this event: you are considered as being part of an age category if you turned 50 or 60 or 70 any time in the relevant year.
The AFF has now re-opened nominations from athletes for selection to represent Australia at the 2015 Asian Veterans Fencing Championships. The Championships are to be held in Pasig City, Philippines, from 28-31 August. This is the first time that this tournament has been held, and is also known as the Asian Masters Championships.
A full set of information regarding this event, including the tournament schedule, will be available in the coming days, but some information is available in the attachment below. There is no limit to the number of Australian athletes who may attend this event, and we are permitted to enter two teams for each event.
This event is open to male athletes born 1975 or before (40+) and to female athletes born in 1980 or before (35+). The standard AFF tour arrangements (including nomination deposits) apply, and athletes should be aware that the entry cost for each individual event will be $US60 plus any referee levy applicable.
Athletes wishing to nominate for this event should access the web page on this site under Competitions / International Representation (click here).
The FIE has recently (13-15 June 2015) issued and reissued an Information Letter (click here). This contains the following text:
At the FIE SEMI Commission's recommendation, we have decided to suspend the use of Leon Paul 2013-2015 Epee blades until hearing the final conclusions of the analyses currently underway. The FIE Executive Committee will make a final decision once it has the results of this analysis.
Manufacturers are reminded that:
- Equipment or changes to equipment not submitted for SEMI Commission approval (earlier version of PBT sabre mask),
- Equipment that does not work perfectly in all situations and therefore does not comply with FIE Rules (body wire with bayonet connection),
Will not be accepted during equipment controls at FIE competitions.
Communication from the FIE to the AFF
The AFF has been in continual dialogue with the FIE on the matter of the bayonet body wires, and was provided with the following information late on 16 June by the FIE's Sport Director:
Body wires with this type of connection (bayonet) are not allowed at any kind of FIE competitions.
So to be clear:
- all kind of body wires with this type of connection irrespective of the manufacturer
- at any FIE competitions including the ones where there is no wireless fencing
Consequences for Australian Fencers
Australian fencers planning on travelling and competing overseas should take careful note of the blanket ban on bayonet body wires at FIE events.
The AFF Executive has acted with the most recent information to hand, and pending a formal recommendation from the Tournament Management Commission has decided that:
* Bayonet body wires will not be banned at Australian Fencing Circuit tournaments (as this is a technical issue); and
* Leon Paul FIE Epee Blades (2013-15) will be banned at Australian Fencing Circuit tournaments, effective immediately (as this is a safety issue)
Fencers will note that Leon Paul has removed its FIE Epee blades from its online catalogue. The ban does not extend to epee blades which are manufactured by BF but sold by Leon Paul.
Urgent Update from the Commonwealth Fencing Federation - 18 June 2015
Please note that, following the recent FIE decision to suspend the use of Leon Paul LP epee blades, type SR-1 with the V-profile, involved in a recent incident at an FIE event, the CFF Technical Commission has decided, in the best interest and for the safety of all our competitors, to follow suit and also disallow their use at the forthcoming CFF Junior-Cadet Championships in Cape Town, South Africa. Therefore be advised that no weapon bearing these blades will be accepted at weapon check.
This decision does not extend to the bayonet connection body wires, also subject of a ban by the FIE, as CFF competitions do not make use of wireless apparatus and the issue is not safety-related.
The AFF congratulates the following fencers who have been selected to represent Australia at the 2015 Cadet Oceania Championships, Noumea, New Caledonia (26-28 September).
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Updated 14 June 2015
In 2015, FencingSA will host the sport of fencing as part of the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide. The schedule for this event will be:
Sabre – Saturday 3 October 2015 (note change)
Epee – Sunday 4 October 2015 (note change)
Foil – Monday 5 October 2015 (note change)
Each day's events will include both Women's and Men's events, Individual and Team competitions. A dinner is planned for the evening of Sunday October 4, but other social events will take place as part of AMG (click here).
The AMG sports will be held across Adelaide, and the fencing venue for the event is the Adelaide Convention Centre (note the change in venue).
Because this is an AMG event, there is no requirement that you represent your State, and Teams need not be made up from people from the same State or even the same Club.
Any affiliated Australian fencer born in 1985 or earlier (ie 30-plus in 2015) is eligible to enter. In additon to the AMG Games Entry fee, the cost will be $35 for one event entered, $50 for two events, $65 for three events.
Entries will open on March 16 via the AMG web site: http://www.australianmastersgames.com/
The AMG fencing events are fully supported by the AFF, but do not form part of the Australian Fencing Circuit.
The Australian Fencing Federation on behalf of all Australian Fencers, extends its congratulations to Helen Smith on being awarded an Order of Australia in the Queen's Birthday honours list 2015.
MEMBER (AM) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION OF THE ORDER OF AUSTRALIA Ms Helen Leslie SMITH, Williamstown Vic 3016, For significant service to fencing as an Olympic athlete, coach and mentor, and through a range of leadership and administrative roles.
The full Citation is attached.