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The Australian Fencing Federation notes with sadness the passing of Australian Olympic fencer John Humphreys on 14th September 2017 aged 85.

John was an Australian National Epee Champion (1962 and 1963) and dual Olympian, representing Australia in epee in 1960 (Rome) and 1964 (Tokyo).  

John also represented Australia at the World Fencing Championships in Montreal (1967) and Grenoble (1974), and at the Commonwealth Games in Perth (1962) and Jamaica (1966).

John continued fencing as a veteran, most recently winning the 70+ men’s epee event at the 2006 Australian and Oceania Open and Veteran Fencing Championships.

A Queenslander who played a role in establishing the original state fencing organisation, John was a life member of the Queensland Fencing Association.

A service celebrating John’s life will be held at Centenary Memorial Gardens, Wacol Station Road, Sumner, Brisbane, commencing at 1 pm on Monday, 25th September, 2017. (source: http://tributes.couriermail.com.au/notice/440912010

John Humphreys (left) with fellow 1964 Australian Olympians (L-R) David McKenzie AM, Ivan Lund and Ian Bowditch Image: Fairfax Syndicate
John Humphreys (left) with fellow 1964 Australian Olympians (L-R) David McKenzie AM, Ivan Lund and Ian Bowditch. Image: Fairfax Syndicate

 

For referees looking to upgrade their qualifications, the Fencing Confederation of Asia has announced it will run an additional C Licence seminar and exam in Dubai from 14th-17th December 2017. There will also be a seminar and exam run in conjunction with the 2018 Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Dubai.

Referees will be invited to nominate to the AFF to participate in these courses closer to the time.

Australia's pool of internationally qualified referees across all weapons continues to grow following examination success for Rob Di Pasquale (foil) and Stephen Darragh (sabre) at the C Licence Refereeing Seminar and Exam held in Bangkok, Thailand last week.

Congratulations Rob and Stephen.

The AFF is delighted to announce that Italian fencing manufacturer Negrini Fencing Line has agreed to sponsor our Men's Foil Team by providing a set of equipment (mask, whites, bag etc) to each World Champs team member. Certain additional discounts on equipment purchases will also be made available. Negrini's support is a well deserved recognition of the gains made by our Men's Foil Team in recent years, and a reflection of the strong bonds between the Australian and Italian fencing communities. We welcome Negrini as a valued partner of Australian fencing!

Negrini

The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has today announced the allocation of funding to National Sporting Organisations for the 2017/18 financial year. The ASC has maintained its baseline allocation of $50,000 in participation funding to fencing, which is largely based on our number of registered 'active members'. However, as in recent years, we do not have the benefit of any dedicated high performance funding under the Australia's Winning Edge program.
 
Following review of our detailed written submissions and during lengthy face to face meetings, the ASC recognised that we have a number of potential high performance fencers (across all weapons) who are undertaking a dedicated training program. However, given the age and development stage of our athletes, the ASC did not feel that they currently fell within the performance categories required for a funding allocation (which essentially revolves around Olympic medal potential).
 
The AFF is continuing to work with the ASC to explore other opportunities to assist our athletes (and Australian fencing as a whole). We are also seeking to build on recent funding support received from the AOC and the FIE (both directly and through the OFC) to further the development of our athletes and coaches.
 
For full details of the fASC's 2017/18 sports funding allocations, click here.

We are pleased to advise that Australian fencers are now able to purchase Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) licences, following the launch of the Asian Cadet Circuit website by the FCA. The website provides details of the forthcoming Asian Cadet Circuit competitions, as well as a ranking of fencers within the Asia/Oceania - click here.  

Fencers who are intending to compete in Asian Cadet Circuit events during 2017 (including the two events to be hosted in Australia) will require a FCA licence. Licences must be purchased through the AFF, at a cost of $25 - to purchase a licence, click here.

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