| 10 Jun - 12 Jun 2017|
R Chaplin - AFC 2 - Adelaide
| 17 Jun - 18 Jun 2017|
AFC Schools Teams - Brisbane
| 01 Jul - 04 Jul 2017|
AFF National “Winter” Camp
| 05 Jul - 09 Jul 2017|
AFC Cadet & Under 15's - Perth
| 22 Jul - 23 Jul 2017|
Asian Cadet Epee - Brisbane
| 12 Aug - 13 Aug 2017|
AFC Schools Individuals - Brisbane
| 25 Aug - 28 Aug 2017|
AFC3 - Sydney
| 02 Sep - 03 Sep 2017|
Asian Cadet Sabre - Sydney
| 21 Sep - 24 Sep 2017|
AFC Junior Championships - Melbourne
Thankyou for your support of the Sport of Fencing in Australia.
The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Fencing Federation Ltd will be held at 9:30am on 20 May 2017, at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre in Arden Street, North Melbourne, Victoria.
The key items of business to be considered at the meeting include:
* the directors' report and financial report for the financial year ending 31 December 2016
* the appointment of immediate past President Andew Ius as a life member of the AFF
* the election of directors to fill the three vacant elected director positions.
The AFF has received six nominations for the three elected director positions - the nominees are Kelvin Andrews, Angela Bensted, Tuko Maia, Chris Nonis, Jutta Schortmann and Garry Webster.
The AFF is delighted that so many members of the fencing community have indicated their willingness to take on a director role. Given the resource-constrained environment in which the AFF operates, director are required to take on operational portfoilio, involving a significant contribution of time and energy.
Due to the AFF's federated structure, voting rights on all issues (includng the election of directors) are held by the member States. However, all registered fencers are welcoem to attend the AGM.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) has invited the AFF to nominate fencers to be considered for the Olympic Scholarships for Athletes “Tokyo 2020” program run by Olympic Solidarity. This funding opportunity will run from 1 September 2017 to 31 August 2020. Further information is contained in the attached brochure.
The AFF has been invited to nominate one male and one female candidate for consideration by the AOC. The AOC can submit up to 12 applications (6 male and 6 female) to Olympic Solidarity. For the Rio 2016 programme, the AOC submitted 11 applications, of which 3 were successful.
Applicants should note that this programme is a long-term investment and Olympic Solidarity will monitor each scholarship holder carefully to ensure they are progressing towards competing in Tokyo and upholding the Olympic values. Each athlete’s International Federation will also review the applications put forward and approve whether the athlete has the technical level to be able to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
The Oceania Fencing Confederation has announced the award of significant funding from the FIE President Mr Alisher Usmanov, through his Charity Fund for the Future of Fencing, to assist fencers from Oceania who are seeking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The funding will initially be directed to selected high performing fencers based on their senior FIE ranking as at 30 April 2017, subject to certain conditions. These conditions include that fencers must be under the age of 30 at 1 January 2017 and must commit to attending specified competitions during the funding period. The allocation of funds will be reviewed regularly (based on FIE ranking) over the three year period leading up to the Tokyo Olympics.
The AFF welcomes the allocation of funding from the Charity Fund for the Future of Fencing, which is expected to greatly assist Australian fencers in their Olympic qualification journey. We are indebted to the OFC for their ongoing efforts to support the growth and development of fencing in our region.
The Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) (in conjunction with the FIE) will be holding an advanced level women's coaching course (foil only) in Manila, the Philippines from 24 June to 7 July 2017.
This course is the first of its kind to be run in Asia/Oceania and will be delivered by Mr Petru Kuki of Romania, who has been involved in the delivery of high level international coaching courses for many years.
The course is being funded by a grant received by Ma. Leonor "Marilee" Estampador of the Philippines as part of her prize for winning the International Olympic Committee's 'Women and Sports' award last year. All participating coaches will receive meals, accommodation and a travel subsidy.
The AFF has received some preliminary information from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) regarding the qualification process for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October 2018.
In accordance with the qualification process developed by the FIE and the IOC, places for the Youth Olympic Games will be allocated based on results in the 2018 World Cadet Championships to be held in Verona, Italy in April 2018.
Relevantly, places will be allocated to fencers from the Asia/Oceania zone as follows:
- three quota places in each weapon and gender event will be allocated to the best ranked fencers from Asia/Oceania (with a maximum of one fencer per country per event); and
- a further two quota places will be allocated to the next two best ranked athletes from Oceania across all events (with a maximum of one athlete per country for each event).
In order to compete in the Youth Olympic Games, fencers must be eligibe to participate in the 2018 World Cadet Championships and must be born no later than 31 December 2003. Further details of the qualification process are contained in the attached document.
This information is preliminary and relates to the international qualification process only. The AOC is currently in the process of developing the nomination and selection criteria for the Australian YOG team, which may impose additional requirements.
Athletes should note that the Australian team for the 2018 World Cadet Championships will be selected in accordance with the AFF Selection Policy (available under 'Documents and Policies' on this website), which requires athletes to be members of the Australian Fencing Team. Nominations for the Cadet AFS for the 2017/18 year (which incorporates the 2018 World Cadet Championships) will open in April/May 2017.
The AFF is seeking submissions from veteran fencers who wish to access support from the Specialized Fencing Veterans Support Endowment ("VSE"), which was established by the International Charitable Foundation "For the Future of Fencing" in 2012.
The VSE's primary goal is to provide fencing veterans with medical assistance and to improve their conditions of living.
The VSE is currently allocating the fund and seeks applications from National Federations for the support of eligible fencing veterans, in accordance with the following priorities:
* to provide fencing veterans with access to medical services (complete or partial financing of expensive treatment, surgeries, rehabilitation, medication etc);
* to provide fencing veterans with access to medical insurance (complete or partial financing of medical insurance costs); and
* to assist fencing veterans in complicated circumstances (e.g. insufficient funds for living, major home repairs etc.).
In line with the above, applications should be directed towards significant, unusual expenses incurred by veteran fencers, rather than ordinary costs incurred in the course of their fencing career.
The Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) will be holding the next Refereeing C Licence Seminar and Exam in Bangkok, Thailand from 5 to 7 September 2017, immediately prior to the Asian Veterans Fencing Championships. The C Licence qualification is the first step on the pathway to international refereeing accreditation.
Candidates are required to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses, but may be provided with a partial subsidy depending on the applications received.
The AFF has been invited by the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to apply for an Olympic Solidarity Scholarship to support the participation of an Australian coach in the International Coaching Enrichment Certificate Program (ICECP).
The ICECP is an intensive coach education program run across four short modules over an eight month period, in overseas locations including the US Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs and the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne. The course is pitched at coaches involved at the national team level. The attached brochure provides detailed information about the course.
Applications must be accompanied by your curriculum vitae, together with a brief outline of the personal project you woud study as part of the program (i.e. Which area of coaching will you address? What are the objectives of your project? What are the reasons for your choice?). Further details about the role of the personal project are contained in the ICECP brochure.
The deadline for applications is Monday, 17 April 2017. We apologise for the short notice, which is due to deadlines imposed by the AOC and US Olympic Committee (which operates the ICECP).