The National High Performance Manager will hold an information session for interested parents or supporters of the 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 beforehand.
New Caledonia, 26th - 28th September
The Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) re-opened 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 will close again on Sunday 12 July.
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 is again calling for interested fencers to nominate for the Australian Fencing Team and the Australian Fencing Squad for 2015/2016. Nominations will only be accepted by 12 July (AFT) or 16 July (AFS) via the AFF’s Registration and Payment System. Cadet Fencers should note that there are only vacancies in the Women's Sabre category for the AFT. Vacancies exist in all categories for Junior fencers in the AFT, and for both Cadets and Juniors in all categories in the AFS.
To Nominate follow this link: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=16769
To see who has already nominated, follow this link: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/ParticipantList.aspx?E=16769
The AFF has provided a significant amount of source information regarding the AFF's High Performance Program on this web site under the High Performance menu, including a flowchart and some frequently asked questions.
Please ensure that you nominate for the correct age category under the correct program (AFT or AFS); for the purposes of the Selection Policy, a Cadet fencer is one born 1999-2002, and a Junior fencer is one born in 1996-2002 (these are aligned with the international eligibility requirements). Please also ensure that you fully understand the athlete commitments that are required under the HPP - these can be found in the High Performance Annual Program (High Performance menu at left, High Performance Program option).
The selection process and timeline will follow the Operational Protocol found on this web site under the Documents and Policies menu / All Documents and Policies option.
The AFC School Fencer Championships offers the opportunity for school-age fencers to represent their State in a representative level competition.
Each State is permitted to nominate a maximum of eight fencers in each event, and each fencer is only permitted to compete in one event. Each event consists of an individual competition immediately followed by a team competition.
There are two age categories:
Intermediate – students up to the third year of secondary school in their respective states
Senior – open to any school student
This means that States can send a total of 32 athletes in each weapon and gender (16 in each category). The two categories will be fenced as separate events, unless there are insufficient competitors, in which case the fields will be combined but separate medals will be awarded.
To register for this event, click here.
Please see the AFF's Weapons Control Policy (click here).
Start times are for the individual competition – the team competition will commence directly after the conclusion of each individual event
VENUE: Yeronga SHS, Villa St, Yeronga (click here).
SATURDAY 8 AUGUST
9:00 am Women’s Epee
10:00 am Men’s Epee
1:00 pm Men’s Sabre
2:00 pm Women’s Sabre
SUNDAY 9 AUGUST
9:00 am Men’s Foil
10:00 am Women’s Foil
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.
Subsequent Finding of the SEMI Commission (July 3 - click here)
Having completed the analysis of Leon Paul SR-71 Epee blades, those with dates marked 08.2012 to 06.2015 will no longer be accepted at FIE events. Having completed the analysis of Leon Paul V Epee blades, any 08.2012 to 06.2015 blades without a serial number are suspended at FIE events. Other blades sold by Leon Paul are not affected.
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 (as described in the July 3 FIE Letter) 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.
Updates from the Commonwealth Fencing Federation - June 2015
The CFF Technical Commission has decided, in the best interest and for the safety of all our competitors, to follow suit (regarding the FIE decision on Leon Paul dated epee blades) 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.