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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.

The AFF invites all interested fencers to note the following Coach Designated tours for 2017.  The information for the tours is separated based on Age Category and Weapon.  Please ensure that you download the one(s) that you are interested in. 

Further information for the Tours can be gained from the contacts as listed in the documents.

To register, click here.  To see who is already registered, click here.  This registration facility is provided to Australian fencers for tours which are compulsory for members of the High Performance Program, but are also available for participation by non-HPP fencers.  Registrations close on Tuesday 20 September.

Please note the "Fees and Charges" information on the AFF web site (click here), in addition to the Operational Protocols on Selection (click here) and Tour Costs (click here).  As part of the registration process, you will be asked about travel insurance.  If you leave this blank, the standard tour insurance charge will apply.

In order to nominate for events that form part of the tour, you will need an FIE licence (and, for cadets, an EFC licence).  This is not required immediately, but you will not be able to complete your nomination unless all of the international representation pre-requisites have been competed (click here).

Athletes intending to compete in Junior or Senior World Cup events need to note very carefully the operation of the Selection Policy (sections J4.21 - J4.23, and O4.21 - O4.23 respectively).  The Operational Protocol for other Category "E" events for cost information is also relevant (click here), as is the information relating to Team entries (click here).

Important Note: nomination for the competitions that are part of this tour is an additional process, and must be done using the overseas competition entry facility (click here).  As with the FIE/EFC Licence above, event entry does not to need to be done at the time of tour nomination.

It is with considerable regret that I advise the Australian Fencing community of the recent passing of AFF Life Member - Peter Andersen. A great contributor with an outstanding sense of humour.

Apart from his contribution to NSW Fencing, Peter Andersen made a dedicated contribution to the national development of Fencing serving on the AFF Executive from the late 1990's to 2004 alongside the AFF Presidents - Bill Ronald and Helen Smith. He was recognised as an AFF Life Member in 2005. He went on to serve as Secretary-Treasurer of the Commonwealth Fencing Federation (CFF).

On behalf of the Australian Fencing community, our sincere respects, sympathies and condolences to the Andersen family - his wife Bridget and Fencing sons Sean and Paul and their partners and children.

The funeral service will be held at 10:30 am on 24th June at Queen of Peace Church, 18 Stuart Avenue, Normanhurst, NSW.

Andrew Ius
Australian Fencing Federation Ltd