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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.

Attachments:
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.

Australia was represented by a team of 20 athletes at the recent 2016 Veteran World Championships  held in Stralsund Germany.  The Australians joined well over 700 other competitors from  almost 50 countries in one of the largest fencing events in the world.

Australia's best performance was Annabelle Ballard's silver medal in the 60+ Womens Individual Foil. Anna finished her pool with 3V2D,  then defeated fencers from the the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Italy  on her way to the gold-medal match. She lost a close final (8-10) to Jenette Starks-Faulkner (USA) to win the silver.

Well done to Anna and the entire Australian team

The Board wishes to advise that Mr Andrew Ius has resigned as President of the AFF, to facilitate a leadership transition ahead of the expiry of his term next year. Andrew will continue as a director of the AFF.

The Board thanks Andrew for his many years of dedicated service and his invaluable contribution to the development of fencing in Australia. There will be an opportunity to recognise Andrew's contribution later this year.

The Board has appointed Ms Evelyn Halls as the new President of the AFF.

Evelyn has over 25 years' international fencing experience and is a dual Olympian (2000 & 2004). Her career highlights include 6 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 11 senior World Cup medals and a career high world ranking of No.11.

Evelyn combined her fencing career with a parallel career as a corporate lawyer. Evelyn currently works as an Ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service. Prior to her current role, she was a partner with international law firm Herbert Smith Freehills. Evelyn holds a B.A/LL.B (Hons) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

The Board has appointed Dr Frank Walsh as Vice President and Mr Vince Elias as Company Secretary.

The Board also wishes to advise that Mr Luke Mansfield has resigned from his positions on the Athletes' Commission and as the Athletes' Director, as he has advised that he will be taking a break from fencing for the immediate future. Arrangements for Luke's replacement will be announced shortly.