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:
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).
the Australian Under 23 Sabre Championships.
NSW Fencing Centre,
Bldg 2, 190 Bourke Road Alexandria, NSW
25th – 28th August 2017
Important: New format
In order to ensure the most efficient use of piste space and to reduce waiting time during events, the AFF has implemented a new scheduling system. The following schedule specifies the date and starting time slot (morning or afternoon) for each event. The specific starting time for each event will be published one week before the competition, once the actual number of entries is known.
AM – Indicates that the event will start between 08:00 and 12:00
PM – Indicates that the event will start between 12:00 and 15:00
Friday 25th August
AM – Open Women’s Epee
AM – Veteran Men’s/Women’s Sabre
PM – Open Men’s Sabre
Saturday 26th August
AM – Open Men’s Epee
AM – Open Women’s Sabre
PM – Under23 Men’s Sabre
Sunday 27th August
AM – Open Women’s Foil
AM – Under23 Women’s Sabre
PM – Veteran Men’s/Women’s Epee
Monday 28th August
AM – Open Men’s Foil
PM – Veteran Men’s/Women’s Foil
Weapons check will be open for 2 hours on Thursday 24th evening, and for one hour
before each event. Exact details will be released with the detailed schedule.
The AFF is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to support an intensive training and competition program for our Men's Foil team in the lead-up to their 2017 key benchmark events - the Asian Championships in June and the World Championships in July.
The allocation of funding by the AOC recognises the significant international results achieved by the Men's Foil squad in recent years, including back to back Top 8 finishes at the 2015 & 2016 World Junior Championships.
The AOC funds will be used to support the attendance of four fencers and a coach at the FIE Grand Prix event in Shanghai and the FIE World Cup in St Petersburg during May 2017, as well as the staging of two additional high performance training camps over the next three months.
The funding provided by the AOC has been allocated to the top four fencers in the current Men's Foil rankings - Sholto Douglas, Jesse Morris, Ned Fitzgerald and Lucas Webber. The team will be accompanied by National Foil Coach Antonio Signorello in Shanghai and Assistant National Foi Coach Rob di Pasquale in St Petersburg.
The AFF is grateful for the AOC's ongoing support of Austraian fencing and we value the AOC's assistance as we work towards qualifying fencers for the 2020 Olympics and beyond. We wish the Men's Foil team and their coaches all the best for a successful overseas campaign, as they seek to build on the encouraging results achieved to date.
The AFF is delighted to announce that Australia has been awarded the right to host two events as part of the inaugural Asian Cadet Circuit to be introduced by the Fencing Confederation of Asia during 2017. The Asian Cadet Circuit is intended to enhance the development of young fencers in the Asia and Oceania region by providing additional competitive opportunities closer to home.
The Asian Cadet Circuit calendar for 2017 includes a Boys & Girls Epee event in Brisbane on 22 & 23 July 2017 and a Boys and Girls Sabre event in Sydney on 2 & 3 September 2017. The full calendar is as follows:
* July 8-9, Boys & Girls Foil - Pasig City, Philippines
* July 22-23, Boys & Girls Epee - Brisbane, Australia
* July 28-30, Boys & Girls Foil - Singapore
* August 19-20, Boys & Girls Sabre - Wakayama, Japan
* August 19-20, Boys & Girls Foil and Epee - Hong Kong
* September 2-3, Boys & Girls Sabre - Sydney, Australia
* September 30 & October 1 - Boys & Girls Foil and Epee - Taichon, Taiwan
At the first international fencing competition for women in 1921, Uta Barding, a ‘strong and scientific Danish fencer’, won the event fencing to the strains of the Toselli Serenade.
Of course, there were no squealing scoring boxes to compete with, just the sound of clashing blades and perhaps the occasional ‘yes!’ from the fist-pumping Dane.
A sport involving one-on-one combat with a weapon might not be the obvious choice for girls who love to compete. Sabre traces its roots to military training and the mastery of killing. Epee was born out of dueling, an inherently male pursuit bound up with notions of manhood and honour. But from its infancy as a competitive pursuit in the early twentieth century, women have taken to the piste in droves.
There have been a few obstacles along the way, like long dresses and a stubborn male insistence that we couldn’t handle an epee or a sabre. But history lent us a hand. French fencing clubs, desperate for customers after World War 1 decimated its clientele, began offering special courses for women in the 1920s. Women fencers in Denmark held national foil championships between 1915 and 1918 and we have British and Danish women to thank for convincing the FIE to include a women’s foil competition at the 1924 Paris Olympics. The women’s team foil event was eventually included in 1960. Skirts were compulsory until 1935.
It took until the 1980s for a committee of five women, chaired by a man, to investigate issues of ‘protection and safety’ for women fencing epee. After much debate, women competed in this weapon internationally for the first time in the 1989 World championships and at the Olympics in Atlanta in 1996, but only using the traditional French grip handle on their weapons. Pistol grip was considered too dangerous.
Sabre followed suit eventually, despite misgivings the weapon was ‘too demanding (with) blows too violent for frail shoulders’. The first world championships for women’s sabre were held in Seoul in 1999 with the first Olympic event in Athens in 2004.
Today women are more likely to have their voices heard in our sport, comprising six of the 22 Executive Committee positions on the International Fencing Federation, including Australian Helen Smith. And what better demonstration that women can do battle on many fronts than our own Evelyn Halls; fencer, wife, mother, lawyer, President of the Australian Fencing Federation and current national women’s epee champion?
By Angela Bensted
Source: Thierry Terret and Cecile Ottogalli-Mazzacavallo (2012) Women in Weapon Land: The Rise of International Women’s Fencing, The International Journal of Sport