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Peter Creese, the AFF National Coaching and Officiating Manager, will be holding some referee information sessions during AFC#2. These sessions will be held at the end of Fencing on the Saturday and Sunday. Further Details will be made available during the Tournament. Peter will also be available throughout the tournament to answer individual questions on Coaching or Officiating.
Robyn Chaplin (AFC#2) incorporating the Australian Under 23 Foil Championships.
Adelaide, 6th – 8th June 2015
Saturday 6th June
09:00am Open Men's Epee
10:45am Open Women's Foil
01:45pm Veteran Men's & Women's Epee
Sunday 7th June
09:00am Open Men's Foil
10:45am Open Women's Epee
01:45pm Veteran Men's & Women's Foil
02:00pm Australian Under-23 Women's Foil
Monday 8th June
09:30am Open Men's Sabre
10:15am Open Women's Sabre
12:30pm Australian Under-23 Men's Foil
02:00pm Veteran Men’s & Women’s Sabre
Further information including Weapons Check will be provided shortly
The event web site can be found here: http://robynchaplinfencing.com/
Registrations are now open for this event. To register for entry (both local and overseas fencers), click here.
NOTE: As the RegisterNow Web site was offline for maintenance from 8pm on 24 May, registrations have been extended until 25 May
You can also use the registration system to book for the tournament dinner, which will be held at the Glenelg Surf Lifesaving Club at 7:00pm on Sunday 7th June, 20 The Holdfast Promenade, Glenelg Foreshore
Antonio Signorello (National Sabre & Foil Coach) and Paul Crook (National HPP Manager) will run a workshop and information session on Tuesday 7 July from 4pm - 6pm (during the National Cadets/Under-15s National Championships) at the Marrickville venue.
At this workshop, a number of coaches will meet and discuss, share and analyze some of the technical aspects of fencing in Australia. The meeting will start with a presentation on the short and medium term plan for the Australian Fencing Team, followed by the review of some national and international fencing videos for both coaching and refereeing purposes.
To confirm your registration for this workshop ($25), please click here.
The detailed program is as follows:
- * 2015/16 National camps
- * 2015/16 State squads
- * 2016 international events
- * AFT Olympic plan
- * AFT technical/tactical development
- * Video analysis
The AFF executive has introduced several important initiatives.
FIE referee attendance at AFC events
The AFF is delighted to announce a new initiative aimed at improving the level of refereeing in Australia and ensuring that our elite events are refereed consistently with international standards. The AFF will invite a 3-weapon FIE referee from Asia to attend each of the four Open AFC events to provide training and individual mentoring of referees, and to referee the semi-finals and finals for each weapon (which are particularly important in the Olympic qualifying year). Around 6 to 8 dedicated Australian referees will be paid to referee at each event and will receive the benefit of training and mentoring by the visiting FIE referee. Other local fencers and referees are welcome to attend training seminars, which may take place before or after each day’s events. The new initiative will commence with effect from AFC#3 (to be held in Melbourne in August) and will be funded by an increase in entry fees of $20 per Open entry. An experienced 3 weapon referee has already confirmed his willingness to attend the Melbourne tournament.
No Designated Tour events during Olympic selection period
The AFF has confirmed that the High Performance Commission will not approve any Designated Tours for Open fencers during the Olympic selection period from 3 April 2015 to 4 April 2016. Under the AFF Selection Policy, a multiple of 1.5 applies to determine the points awarded for events which form part of a “Designated Tour”. Accordingly, the decision not to approve any Designated Tours for Open fencers provides increased certainty for athletes endeavouring to qualify for the Olympics. The National Weapons Coaches may still organise tours during the Olympic qualifying period - however, the 1.5 multiple provided for in clause 3.17 of the Selection Policy will not apply to any of these events, as they will not be Designated.
Administration fees for overseas competitions to be used to fund team participation in World Cups
The AFF has introduced an administration fee of $30 for arranging entries to overseas competitions. This fee applies to any entries which need to be made through the national body (including World Cups and satellite competitions). The funds raised through the administration fee will be used to create a “fighting fund” to support the targeted participation of Australian teams in future World Cup team competitions. An application fee of $50 will also apply to applications to the Selection Commission to have competitions assessed for ranking points in accordance with section 3.16 of the AFF Selection Policy. The funds raised through the application fee will also contributed to the “fighting fund” and/or applied to costs associated with these assessments.
A new era in the governance and management of Australian Fencing commenced at the Annual General Meeting of the AFF held last weekend.
The Executive and State delegates unanimously approved the conversion of the AFF from an incorporated association into a company limited by guarantee, and the adoption of a new Constitution. The new governance arrangements reflect those recommended by the Australian Sports Commission (ASC) under its Sports Governance Principles.
Once the new arrangements are put into place, the new constitution will replace the existing version, which has remained largely unchanged since the 1980s. The revised constitution was the outcome of deliberations by a Working Group (made up of representatives from State associations and the AFF Executive) over a period of approximately two years, based on a template circulated by the ASC.
The new Constitution defines the roles and responsibilities for Directors in a manner which is consistent with modern corporate governance practice. It also provides for the periodic rotation of directors and allows for the appointment (as opposed to election) of additional Board members with specialist skills.
The new governance arrangements will come into effect once all necessary regulatory requirements have been satisfied and, at this stage, it is expected that the first AGM for the new entity will be held in late July.
These changes represent an important step in bringing fencing into the top ranks of well-governed sports in Australia, and will provide a solid administrative foundation capable of supporting our continued drive for success in international competition.
The meeting also approved the establishment of an overall points trophy for the National U/15 Championships. The trophy will be named after former foil and sabre fencer Frank Bartolillo, in recognition of his outstanding fencing career and his broader contribution as a coach, mentor and role model to up-and-coming fencers.
New Caledonia, 26th - 28th September
The Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) is now making a call for nominations from athletes for selection to represent Australia at the 2015 Oceania Cadets Championships (all weapons). To nominate to compete in this event, click here. Nominations close 26th May 2015.
Athletes should note the following important information, as well as the detailed schedule and tournament details document on this web site (click here).
This is a Category E event, Cadet age category, and the Selection Policy applies for Team events (note also there may be an opportunity for Australia to enter more than one team per gender per weapon).
Under the Policy, there may also be an opportunity for athletes to be selected to compete in more than one weapon.
The AFF has now 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. 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 achievements of young Australian fencers in international competitions were recognised by the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach (himself an Olympic and World gold medal winning fencer) when he visited Sydney today (Wednesday 29 April).
In front of The Cauldron at Sydney Olympic Park, the fencers were introduced to Mr Bach by the President of the Australian Fencing Federation, Andrew Ius. Andrew also presented Mr Bach with an Australian representative jacket.
This was the only media event involving athletes in Mr Bach's brief visit to Sydney and was arranged by the NSW Fencing Association working with the Australian Olympic Committee and the NSW Olympic Council.
Also taking part in the event were the NSW Premier, Mike Baird; the NSW Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres; the Chairman of the Olympic Park Authority, Michael Knight (a former NSW Minister for the OIympics) and Bruce Baird (also a former NSW Olympics Minister).
Mr Bach was escorted by the President of the Australian Olympic Committee, John Coates AO and the AOC Secretary General, Fiona de Jong.
Athletes invited to attend included the team members who won bronze medals at the recent Asian Cadet & Junior Championships in Abu Dhabi (Junior Women's Epee, Junior Men's Sabre, Cadet Women's Foil); the Junior Men's Foil team who reached the top 8 at the Junior World Championships in Tashkent and other international medal winners.
The invitation list included Rachel Aistrope (SA), Sean Andrews (NSW), Matthew Dall'Asen (NSW), Annie Deveraux (Qld), Alexandre Douglas (NSW), Sholto Douglas (NSW), Boston Fawkes (NSW), Ned Fitzgerald (Vic), Matt Foster (Vic), Beatrice Hay (NSW), Violet Hull (NSW), Alicia Kwag (Qld), Alannah Maclaurin (WA), Jesse Morris (NSW), Emily Principe (NSW), Rebekah Shiba (NSW), Matthew Tadros (NSW), Lucas Webber (Vic).