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Planning overseas competitions? Coach levies might apply

29 Mar 2019

The AFF Operational Protocol on tour expenses has been updated to provide clarity around how coach travel expenses are apportioned across athletes. Where an athlete chooses to enter an event included in a Coach Designated Tour (see list of tours here), they will pay a portion of the coach’s travel expenses. This levy will apply…

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Vale Kathleen Baxter

28 Mar 2019
Kathleen Baxter

Kathleen Baxter 28 November 1930 – 23 March 2019 Thank you to The Swords Club for providing the following tribute: It is with sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Kathleen (Katie) Baxter. Katie began her fencing career at The Swords Club in 1949 and went on to compete at the Rome Olympics in 1960.…

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Five things you need to know about the AFF Portal

20 Mar 2019
Portal contact details

An AFF Portal profile is created for all members, even non-competitive members such as coaches and volunteers, when membership details are given to the AFF by state associations. Here’s why you should visit the portal from time-to-time and make sure your profile is current. 1.    It’s the only way we can find you Wondering why…

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Equipment Policy update

15 Mar 2019
Equipment Control

Mask safety The new FIE mask safety requirements, announced to the Australian fencing community on 18th March 2018, are now in effect. The AFF Equipment Control Policy (previously Weapons Control Policy), has been updated to reflect the mask safety requirements, outlining how they will be monitored at the equipment control stage and on the piste…

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Women in fencing

08 Mar 2019
women in fencing

An elegant pursuit A sport involving one-on-one combat with a weapon might not be the obvious choice for competitive girls. Sabre traces its roots to military training and the mastery of killing. Epee was born out of dueling, a very blokey distraction bound up with notions of manhood and honour. But from its infancy as…

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Supplements – know what’s in them

08 Mar 2019
supplements

Some athletes turn to dietary supplements to gain a performance edge. But some of these supplements could include prohibited substances such as Higenamine, Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, and SARMS. The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA) says “Supplements are one of the leading causes of failed anti-doping tests in Australia with approximately one athlete testing positive every…

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