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Elite sport is inherently about excellence. The right to represent Australia at the Olympic Games and the World Championships (open and age) represents the pinnacle of elite sport, and as such is a privilege to be earned. The Selection System sets out the minimum criteria which must be satisfied in order for a fencer to be eligible for selection for these events. Fencers are encouraged to view selection as merely the first step in the process of achieving the performance goals they have set themselves, rather than an end in itself.
Process and Timing
The processes and timing of selections is documented both within the Selection Policy (for example, see section O4.10) and the relevant Operational Protocol (see here). Note also the fact that the Selection Policy is complemented by some operational processes regarding entry to overseas events (see here).
Special Note Regarding Under-15s Rankings
The March 2015 Selection Policy introduced Under-15 Rankings. However, a drafting flaw left open the issue of which events would constitute a point accumulation cycle, and how many events would constitute a ranking score. As an interim measure, and consistent with the rest of the Policy, the Under-15s Rankings will follow the same process as the Cadet Rankings, as set out in C4.1 - C4.6, in addition to the inclusion of the National Under-15s Championships. This drafting flaw will be addressed in a future version of this Policy.