As fencers develop their skills and gain confidence they may wish to test themselves in international competitions.
Because every athlete's development path will vary, fencers should discuss overseas competitions with their coach to determine the most suitable options.
Selection to most international championship events is determined by the AFF's Selection Policy, which is underpinned by the AFF High Performance Program.
Other opportunities for overseas fencing
There are many opportunities for fencers to test themselves against overseas athletes outside of the representative selection process. The following are some competition opportunities athletes might discuss with their coach. This list is not exhaustive and is provided for information only. Entry requirements for each tournament will be listed on the relevant tournament or calendar website.
The Fencing Singapore calendar includes local Singapore tournaments as well as other competitions in the Asian region which may be of interest to Australian fencers.
The USA Fencing calendar includes competitions which may be of interest to Australian fencers. Refer to tournament documentation published by USA Fencing for entry requirements.
Leon Paul Junior Series (UK)
Three weapon series for U9, U11, U13, U15 and U17
Fencers are often able to compete in European national events as non-nationals (eg France). Refer to national fencing federation websites for calendars and entry requirements. The AFF can assist with entries. Please contact email@example.com with any questions about a particular European national tournament.
Australia is a member of the Oceania Fencing Confederation. Tournaments are hosted by member and associate nations (Australia, New Zealand, Guam, Samoa, New Caledonia and Polynesia). No special fencer licence is required to compete in OFC events.
> View OFC calendar here
'Non-Designated' and 'Other'
The following is a summary of the AFF Selection Policy regarding selection to certain overseas events. Where there are any inconsistencies the AFF Selection Policy prevails.
The AFF Selection Policy provides selection to International Events (Non-Designated) is on a priority basis for National Squad Members but is also open to athletes who are not National Squad Members. Selection for International Events (Other) is on a priority basis for National Squad Members but is thereafter open to athletes who are not National Squad Members.
See the AFF Selection Policy here for definitions of International Events (Non-Designated) and International Events (Other)
Athletes who are not National Squad Members wishing to be considered for selection in either an International Event (non-Designated) or an International Event (Other) must apply to the AFF to be considered for selection on a non-priority basis for that event. The application must be made using the following process (unless otherwise specified by the AFF):
(a) apply and pay for any requisite international licence (e.g. EFC, FCA or FIE); and
(b) complete and submit an international event nomination form at least 40 days prior to the start of the relevant event.