How Australian fencing left its mark at Sydney 2000

21 Sep 2020

The Australian public went wild in the pre-dawn hours of September 24th, 1993, when the IOC announced Sydney had won the right to host the 2000 Olympic Games. It was a huge coup, with Sydney beating fancied rival Beijing by only two votes. But seven years goes by in a blink, and once the streamers…

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Vale Alwyn Wardle

16 Sep 2020
Alwyn Wardle

Prepared by the New South Wales Fencing Association and published here with permission. We are saddened to report the passing of Alwyn Wardle, a much respected figure in NSW and Australian fencing, on Monday 14 September. Al Wardle will be remembered fondly by many in the NSW and Australian fencing community – by older members…

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National fencing to remain on hold

14 Sep 2020
National fencing tournament

Calendar It is with heavy hearts the AFF Board has decided to vacate the remaining 2020 national tournament and camp schedule. With increased uncertainty around state border closures and associated quarantine requirements, it is unlikely national events can be conducted in a safe, equitable and economically feasible manner this year. Considering this decision, the AFF…

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group

26 Jun 2020

Earlier this year the AFF announced a new initiative aimed at increasing participation by Women in Fencing. Upon reflection, the AFF has decided to expand the purview of the working group to consider diversity in our sport more generally. The amended terms of reference for the working group can be viewed here. Operations & High…

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Vale Tom Cross, Olympian

13 Jun 2020
Tom Cross, John Fethers, Rod Steel and Bill Cope - London 1954 SOURCE: Supplied / Swords Club

Australian Fencing notes the passing of Tom Cross who represented Australia in the foil team event at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. Tom was raised in Sydney where he developed his love for the sport, although he later lived in Melbourne and competed for Victoria. As a young man, Tom moved to London to study fencing…

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FIE update on qualification for Tokyo 2020 Olympics

03 Jun 2020

Following the postponement of the Tokyo Olympic Games to 2021, the FIE Executive Committee and the International Olympic Committee have approved an updated qualification system. The updated document can be viewed below and has been added to the Tokyo 2020 rankings page of the AFF website. Only the various dates mentioned in the document have…

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