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If for any reason you find you can’t fulfil the training or competition obligations you agreed to in the AFT Athlete Agreement, or training you committed to in the AFS Athlete Agreement, you should immediately discuss your circumstances with the National Coach and the High Performance Manager (HPM). There are circumstances where you can apply to have your AFT/AFS membership suspended for set periods due to such things as injury or temporary absences due to competition or overseas training opportunities. Temporary suspensions have to be approved by the HPM and the Chairperson of the High Performance Program Committee (HPPC) in consultation with the National Coach and you must apply using the form on the AFF website located in the High Performance AFT/AFS Documents Section before the suspension can take effect.

Circumstances that are unrelated to fencing and reasonably foreseeable at the time of signing the agreement will generally not be accepted as a valid reason to suspend your membership of the AFT/AFS without sanction.

If you are persistently absent from training without prior approval or fail to attend the agreed competitions for which you are selected your membership of the AFT/AFS may be terminated and you may be ineligible to re-join the AFT/AFS for a specified period. 

If you withdraw from the AFT/AFS without approval you will continue to have financial obligations to the AFT/AFS (these are set out in your Athlete Agreement and the Suspension/Withdrawal from the AFT/AFS form) and you may be ineligible to re-join the AFT/AFS for a specified period.