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The AFF is pleased to announce that the following new directors were elected to the AFF Board at the Annual General Meeting on 20 May 2017:

* Ms Angela Bensted
* Mr Chris Nonis
* Mr Garry Webster

We welcome Angela, Chris and Garry to the Board, joining continuing directors Ms Evelyn Halls, Mr Vincent Elias and Mr Jeremy Shelley.

Our new directors have a wide range of skills and experience, and we are confident they will make a valuable contribution to the continued development of Australian fencing.

At its first meeting on 21 May 2017, the Board appointed Dr Frank Walsh as an appointed director for a 2 year term. Frank's appointment will assist in ensuring continuity during a period of significant Board renewal.

The Board thanks all of the nominees for elected director positions for their willingness to give up their time and effort to contribute to the success of fencing in Australia.

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The Australian Fencing Federation is shocked and disappointed to learn that Queensland fencing coach Michael O'Brien has reportedly pleaded guilty in the County Court of Victoria to one count of gross indecency involving a child under 16. The offence is reported to have occurred in Melbourne in the 1970s.

The AFF Board will be taking all necessary steps to implement appropriate disciplinary action.

The AFF aims to provide a safe environment for all participants in AFF activities to train, compete and enjoy the sport of fencing. Sexual, physical and emotional abuse of athletes or other participants at all levels of our sport is inconsistent with our values and is strictly prohibited.

The AFF has a Member Protection Policy (MPP) in place for the safety of participants in AFF activities. Equivalent policies are in place at the State level. Any member who believes they have been subject to behaviour which breaches these policies is encouraged to report it to the AFF, their State Association or the police (where applicable).  

The 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Australian Fencing Federation Ltd will be held at 9:30am on 20 May 2017, at the North Melbourne Recreation Centre in Arden Street, North Melbourne, Victoria.

The key items of business to be considered at the meeting include:

* the directors' report and financial report for the financial year ending 31 December 2016

* the appointment of immediate past President Andew Ius as a life member of the AFF

* the election of directors to fill the three vacant elected director positions.

The AFF has received six nominations for the three elected director positions - the nominees are Kelvin Andrews, Angela Bensted, Tuko Maia, Chris Nonis, Jutta Schortmann and Garry Webster.

The AFF is delighted that so many members of the fencing community have indicated their willingness to take on a director role. Given the resource-constrained environment in which the AFF operates, director are required to take on operational portfoilio, involving a significant contribution of time and energy.

Due to the AFF's federated structure, voting rights on all issues (includng the election of directors) are held by the member States. However, all registered fencers are welcome to attend the AGM.

 

The Oceania Fencing Confederation has announced the award of significant funding from the FIE President Mr Alisher Usmanov, through his Charity Fund for the Future of Fencing, to assist fencers from Oceania who are seeking to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The funding will initially be directed to selected high performing fencers based on their senior FIE ranking as at 30 April 2017, subject to certain conditions. These conditions include that fencers must be under the age of 30 at 1 January 2017 and must commit to attending specified competitions during the funding period. The allocation of funds will be reviewed regularly (based on FIE ranking) over the three year period leading up to the Tokyo Olympics.

The AFF welcomes the allocation of funding from the Charity Fund for the Future of Fencing, which is expected to greatly assist Australian fencers in their Olympic qualification journey. We are indebted to the OFC for their ongoing efforts to support the growth and development of fencing in our region. 

The qualification process for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, to be held in Buenos Aires from 6 to 18 October 2018, has now been confirmed.

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.

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.

The attached documents provide full details of:

- the international qualification process (as approved by the FIE and IOC); and

- the nomination and selection criteria for inclusion in the Australian team (as approved by the AOC).

Fencers 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.