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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.

Any queries regarding FCA licences should be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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.