The Australian Fencing Federation (AFF) is the National Governing Body of Fencing in Australia and has State and Territory members. As the NGB, AFF is responsible for furthering the interests of the sport of fencing, including fostering growth within the sport, Coaching and Officiating education, establishing domestic competition rules, athlete protection policies, and more.
In accordance with the AFF Selection Policy and in an effort to provide certainty on selection processes for international team events, the following dates have been determined as the relevant point at which ranking tables will be consulted for selection to national teams in 2019:
- Asian Championships (Senior), Japan: 27th February 2019 - Universiade, Napoli: 17th March 2019 - World Championships (Senior), Budapest: 29th March 2019 - Asian Championship (Veteran), Taipei: 30th April 2019 - World Championships (Veteran), Cairo: 19th June 2019
Nominations are open four months prior to the beginning of a competition and generally remain open for two weeks.
The ranking dates stated above have been approved by the AFF Board and are not subject to change.
For other overseas tours that include team events, rankings will be assessed 30 days prior to the start of a competition.
Ms Evelyn Halls has resigned as a Director of the Australian Fencing Federation and Vice-President Dr Frank Walsh has been appointed by the Board to the position of President, effective immediately.
A dual Olympian who’s fenced from the age of 10, Evelyn’s love of the sport fuelled a remarkable term as Director and later as President of our organisation.
Her contributions included a focus on robust governance and improved communications, promoting grass roots development, expanding funding sources and a relentless pursuit of excellence at the elite level.
Evelyn’s efforts as an intelligent and shrewd ambassador for Australian fencing have forged stronger, more strategic partnerships with other sporting bodies which will benefit the AFF for years to come.
The Board calls on the Australian Fencing Community to join us in thanking Evelyn for her contribution.
Consistent with previous qualification years, the AFF has confirmed that the High Performance Commission will not approve any Designated Tours for Open fencers during the Olympic selection period from 3 April 2019 to 4 April 2020. Under the AFF Selection Policy, a multiple of 1.5 applies to determine the points awarded for events which form part of a “Designated Tour”. Accordingly, the decision not to approve any Designated Tours for Open fencers provides increased certainty for athletes endeavouring to qualify for the Olympics. The National Weapons Coaches may still organise tours during the Olympic qualifying period - however, the 1.5 multiple provided for in clause 3.14 of the Selection Policy will not apply to any of these events, as they will not be Designated.
The 2018 FIE Congress was held in Paris on Saturday, 8 December 2018.
The key decisions made at the Congress are as follows:
* The 2021 World Cadet & Junior Championships wiill be held in Cairo, Egypt.
* The 2021 Veterans World Champiolnships will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
* There is currently no candidate city for the 2021 World Championships.
* The FIE points awarded for results at Zonal Championships have been reduced - Zonal Championships are now worth the same number of points as a World Cup (previously, they were multiplied by a factor of 1.5).
* From 2020, the FIE Executive Committee intends to release a competition calendar for the following 4 year period.
* The proposals to remove the white light for foil and reintroduce a (modified) fleche for sabre were not voted on as these proposals currently envisage tests of the proposed changes only and therefore do not require any amendment to the Rules at this stage. However, the FIE announced that the proposed changes will be trialled at specified events (primarily certain Junior World Cups) during the 2018/19 and 2019/20 seasons. Following these trials, the FIE will decide whether to propose changes to the Rules.
* The proposal to amend the rules to address non-combativity was approved. In summary, this change provides for yellow, red and black cards to be awarded in the event of non-combativity. However, a card will only be awarded to the trailing fencer or team (or to both fencers or teams, in the event scores are equal). Also, the cards for non-combativity will be distinguished from cards awarded for other offences and will not trigger a 60 day suspension.
The AFF would like to remind all fencers that, as previously announced, the new FIE requirements for fastening systems for masks will apply to all AFC events from 1 January 2019. The first event to which teh new rules will apply is the Australian Junior Championships, to be held in Melbourne in February 2019.
The new mask requirements were introduced by the FIE in response to safety concerns followinng a number of incidents in which masks have fallen off during bouts. Further details are contained in Rule m25.7 of the FIE Material Rules - click here.
As at 8 December 2018, the AFF have been advised that the following distributors have received approval to retro-fit masks (subject to the conditions imposed by the manufacturers):
* Fencing Imports Australia (contact Kayt Spano) - approved by Allstar, Uhlmann, Negrini, Leon Paul and FWF * JG Fencing (contact Jeff Gray) - approved by Leon Paul and Absolute Fencing * Swordsplay (contact Jeff Hardge) - approved by PBT, Allstar and Uhlmann
Fencers who are plannng on competing in AFC events during 2019 should contact the above distributors directly for further information regarding retro-fitting of existing masks.
The AFF is pleased to announce that second round nominations for the 2018/2019 AFF High Performance Program (Open & Under-23 age categories) are open.
The High Performance program comprises the Australian Fencing Team and the Australian Fencing Squad. The 2018/19 year for the Open and Under-23 age groups runs from 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019. Fencers who are considering nominating for the HPP should carefully read the documentation contained in the 'High Performance Program' section of the AFF website (www.ausfencing.org). In particular, the AFS & AFT Athlete Agreement sets out the financial and other obligations which apply to fencers participating in the High Performance Program, while the HPP Annual Plan sets out the training and competition commitments required of fencers under the program.
Membership of the Australian Fencing Team (AFT) comes with demanding training and competition requirements relevant to fencers aiming to compete at the highest international level (World Championships). The Australian Fencing Squad (AFS) offers a preparatory program to the AFT, which enables fencers to participate in HPP activities while following a slightly less demanding program.
Athletes should note that the qualification period for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics commences on 1 April 2019 (during the 2018/19 HPP cycle) and includes the 2019 Asian Championships and the 2019 World Championships. To be eligible for selection for the World Championships, fencers must be members of the AFT (in any age category). To be eligible for selection for the Asian Championships, fencers must be members of the AFT or AFS (in any age category).
Fencers who wish to nominate for the 2018/19 Open AFT & AFS can do so by clicking here. You can see who has nominated already by clicking here. Nominations close on 17 December 2018.
Fencers who wish to nominate for the 2018/19 Under-23 AFT & AFS can do so by clicking here. You can see who has nominated already by clicking here. Nominations close on 17 December 2018.
Fencers who nominate for the AFT but are not selected will be taken to have nominated for the AFS (unless otherwise advised). If you have any questions or would like further information about the High Performance Program, please contact email@example.com or the High Performance Manager (Paul Crook) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The AFF is pleased to announce some changes to the proposed hosting arrangements for Australian Fencing Circuit events during 2019.
In order to overcome venue and logistical difficulties, the Queensland Fencing Association (QFA) and Fencing Victoria (FV) have agreed to exchange hosting rights for AFC1 and AFC4 next year. Accordingly:
- AFC1 will be held in Melbourne from 29 to 31 March 2019 - AFC4 will be held in Brisbane from 21 to 23 September 2019
The AFF would like to thank FV and QFA for their assistance in addressing scheduling issues. We are grateful to both States for their friendly and collaborative approach.
The AFC schedule can be found on our annual calendar here. A preliminary schedule for 2019 AFC1 will be published shortly.
The AFF congratulates Jesse Morris on his selection in the Open Men’s Foil team for the 2018 Commonwealth Fencing Championships. Jesse has been selected following the withdrawal of Matt Foster due to injury. We wish Matt all the best for a speedy recovery.