Australian Fencing Circuit Tournament #3 2015 incorporating
the Australian Under 23 Sabre Championships.
28th – 30th August 2015
Friday 28th August
09:30 Open Men's Sabre
10:30 Open Women's Sabre
13:00 * Veteran Men's & Women's Sabre
Saturday 29th August
08:30 Open Men's Foil
10:30 Open Women's Epee
13:00 * Veteran Men's & Women's Foil
13:30 Australian Under-23 Men's Sabre
Sunday 30th August
08:30 Open Men's Epee
10:30 Open Women's Foil
13:15 Australian Under-23 Women's Sabre
13:30 * Veteran Men’s & Women’s Epee
* indicates that the event will start at the time, unless there are fencers on the roll
call that are in the Open event for the same weapon, in which case the event will
start when all entered fencers have finished in the Open.
Further information including Weapons Check will be provided shortly
Additional information on location and accommodation options
can be found in the Attachment to this article.
To register for entry (both local and overseas fencers), click here.
The AFF is calling for interested Senior fencers to nominate for the Australian Fencing Team and the Australian Fencing Squad for 2015/2016. Nominations will only be accepted by 2 August (AFT) or 8 August (AFS) via the AFF’s Registration and Payment System.
To Nominate follow this link: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=17437
To see who has already nominated, follow this link: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/ParticipantList.aspx?E=17437
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 program (AFT or AFS). 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.
At the Commonwealth Junior Fencing Championships in South Africa, Fencers with embroidered logos on their uniforms had them rejected by the Weapon Control. This is now the second competition in the last 12 months in which we have had experience with uniforms failed because the logos are embroidered.
Embroidered uniforms look better and last longer than stencilled ones but it is clearly stated in the rule book that embroidering the logo on the uniform is not allowed because the stitching has the potential to compromise the protective material.
There are several countries that have the logo embroidered on their uniform however this is not an argument for approval that is accepted by weapon control. Like many equipment rules you are at the discretion of the weapon control as to how stringently it is checked for or if the rule is applied. If you prefer an embroidered uniform, it is strongly advised that you travel with a second uniform that is not embroidered until such time as it accepted by the FIE and the rule is changed. If not, you are running the possible risk of not being able to compete in your event.
Congratulations to all the trophy-winners and medalists at the 2015 National Cadet and U15 Championships, held in Sydney July 3-8. This tournament saw the inaugural presentation of the Frank Bartolillo Trophy to the most successful U15 State team, won by NSWFA. The winner of the Janet Hopner Haswell Cup for most successful State team in the Cadet category was also won by NSWFA.
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
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.
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).
|Includes Team event.|
Team Coach/Manager: Aleksey Danilov
Updated 23 July 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.