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Following the election held during the Australian Fencing Championships, the AFF is pleased to announce that Jeremy Shelley received the highest number of votes and will therefore join the AFF Board as the Athletes' Director. Jeremy will also be a member of the Athletes Commission, alongside Dianna Gu and Davidé Wheeler. We extend our thanks to Jeremy, Dianna and Davidé for taking on this important role and look forward to workly closely with them to further the success of Australian fencing.


1. The FIE has appointed a group of sabre experts (from a range of countries) to observe the testing of the new sabre en garde line and obtain feedback from athletes, coaches and referees at these events. This group will prepare a report which will be considered by the FIE Executive Committee at its meeting in February 2017. The current test period will be extended until that date.

2. It has been decided to undertake further testing of the proposed reduction in the injury time break (from 10 minutes to 5 minutes). This change was trialled at the JWC in Bourges 2016 and will be trialled again at the 2017 JWC in Plovdiv and the 2017 SWC in Leipzig. A final decision on the change will be made at the 2017 FIE Congress.

3. The 2018 Junior & Cadet World Championships will be held in Verona, Italy.

4. The 2019 Senior World Championships will be held in Budapest, Hungary (selected ahead of Torun, Poland and Tbilisi, Georgia). Budapest's bid was presented by two-time Olympic gold medallist Aron Szilagyi and included provision for a pre-competition training camp for fencers from developing countries and one night's free accommodation for all accredited participants.

5. The 2019 Cadet & Junior World Championships have been awarded to Torun, Poland.

6. Cairo, Egypt has offered its candidacy for the 2019 Veterans World Championships.

[For all major overseas event locations for 2017-2019, click here]

7. There will be an annual World Fencing Day (to be held on the second Saturday of September each year)!

And finally, Congratulations to David Baker who was today elected as a member of the FIE's Publicity and Promotion Commission for the next four years! In a huge field of 35 candidates, David received the highest number of votes!! David's election is a fitting reflection of the massive amounts of time, energy and enthusiasm he has invested in promoting fencing internationally, particularly in the lead-up to the Rio Olympics. We are proud of David's achievement, which gives Australia further representation on the world stage! Well done Dave!!

The Australian Fencing Federation is seeking nominations from coaches to participate in the FIE’s Fencing Academy for Coach Development. This course runs for 3 months (9 January – 31 March 2017) in Budapest. The course is aimed at intermediate level, so coaches should have (or be working towards) Level 2 accreditation.

Successful applicants are provided with accommodation and meals while undertaking the course, and are eligible to receive a subsidy of 500 Euros from the FIE to assist with travel costs. An additional subsidy may also be provided by the AFF to assist the successful applicant.

The AFF is required to nominate a candidate to participate in the course by 2 December 2016. Accordingly, interested coaches are requested to submit their nominations together with the required documentation by 30 November 2016.

If you would like to take up this opportunity, please complete the attached application form and submit it to the National Coaching Director by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 30 November 2016, together with a copy of your passport and CV.

Candidates who are successfully selected will be then notified of their selection before the AFF submits to the FIE the candidate’s expression of interest.

Download this file (FIE Coaching Application.doc)Application Form[ ]127 kB

The AFF will be holding 'town hall' meetings to launch our Strategic Plan for the growth and development of fencing in Australia over the next four year period (2017 to 2020). These meetings will provide an overview of the key elements of the Strategic Plan and outline some of the key initiatives we will be undertaking to achieve our goals.

The launch will take place during the Australian National Championships in Canberra. In order to maximise the numbers of fencers who are able to attend, the presentation will be repeated twice - firstly, at 2:00pm on Saturday, 10 December 2016 and then again at 2:00pm on Sunday, 11 December 2016. Both meetings will be held at the Theatrette at the competition venue (the AIS Arena). All members of the fencing community are encouraged to attend.

The Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) recently called for nominations from members of the fencing community for the three elected positions on the AFF Athletes Commission.

This Commission forms an integral, essential and valued part of the running of the organisation, and its key responsibilities include:

* Representing the interests and views of athletes at national meetings.
* Conduct of information seminars for athletes at appropriate national forums (e.g. camps, tournaments)

Information about the Athletes Commission is in the documentation found on this website under the AFF and its Members menu / AFF Organisational Structure option (click here).  The Commission members are three registered fencers, or fencers who have retired within the last 2 years prior to their election, to be elected by all fencers (i.e. males and females to vote for any candidate) present at National Open Championships. The male and female with the highest number of votes are each elected and then the candidate with the next highest number of votes (male or female) fills the third place. The person receiving the absolute greatest number of votes will represent the Commission as an AFF Director.

At the time of nominations closing, the nominees were:

*  Ms Dianna Gu
*  Mr Jeremy Shelley
*  Mr Davide Wheeler

Attached below are the statements provided by these athletes to support their candidacy, which will be decided by election.