| 10 Jun - 12 Jun 2017|
R Chaplin - AFC 2 - Adelaide
| 17 Jun - 18 Jun 2017|
AFC Schools Teams - Brisbane
| 01 Jul - 04 Jul 2017|
AFF National “Winter” Camp
| 05 Jul - 09 Jul 2017|
AFC Cadet & Under 15's - Perth
| 22 Jul - 23 Jul 2017|
Asian Cadet Epee - Brisbane
| 12 Aug - 13 Aug 2017|
AFC Schools Individuals - Brisbane
| 25 Aug - 28 Aug 2017|
AFC3 - Sydney
| 02 Sep - 03 Sep 2017|
Asian Cadet Sabre - Sydney
| 21 Sep - 24 Sep 2017|
AFC Junior Championships - Melbourne
Thankyou for your support of the Sport of Fencing in Australia.
For the first AFC competition of 2017, the D.H. McKenzie Tournament in Brisbane, the AFF is pleased to welcome back Ariana Klinkov (USA) as our international guest referee. Ariana visited Australia last year for AFC 3 and the Asian Masters Championships in Perth.
Ariana was the first female referee to be accredited at FIE level in all three weapons. She has extensive experience in refereeing at World Cups and World Championships, and was the first female referee to be selected to Referee for a World Championship Gold Medal Match.
The AFF will be conducting a refereeing seminar on Friday 24 March prior to AFC 1 facilitated by Ariana and National Officiating Manager Peter Creese. The focus will be on the craft of refereeing (those parts of the role which are not necessarily explicit in the rules) as well as looking at the rule changes which will apply at AFC competitions from 2017.
The seminar will be held at the competition venue from 5:00-6:30 pm, and all fencers, coaches and referees are welcome to please register online so that we know how many people to expect.
Registrations are now open for the first Australian Fencing Circuit event of 2017 - the D.H.McKenzie Tournament (AFC#1), incorporating the Australian Under 23 Epee Championships.
This event will be held at Yeronga State High School in Brisbane (see timetable attached).
Before registering, Australian fencers should make sure their home State affiliation is complete and paid up. Late registration fees apply from 12 March 2017, so be sure to register early!
To register for entry (both local and overseas fencers), click here.
The AFF Board has approved the introduction of a revised AFF Selection Policy, to take effect from 12 March 2017.
The revised Policy makes a significant structural change to the existing Policy, with the provisions common to all age categories now consolidated into a single section so as to reduce duplication.
Some of the key changes to the substantive provisions of the policy include:
1) the amendment of the selection criteria for Asian Zone Championships to provide for equality of selection as between AFT and AFS fencers;
2) the introduction of provisions clarifying the process for individual and team selection for FIE, EFC and FCA events (where no call for nominations is made);
3) the expansion of provisions regarding team selection to provide for a greater variety of team events (eg mixed ages, genders, weapons etc);
4) the introduction of provisions regarding the replacement of a selected fencer who subsequently withdraws from an event; and
5) the correction of certain anomalies in Appendix A to allow for the allocation of points where none were previously available (eg where a lower age category fencer competing in a higher age category event was previously eligible to earn points in the higher age category but not in the lower age category).
The AFF is seeking expressions of interest from members of the Australian fencing community who would like to be considered for future roles as team managers, accompanying Australian teams to overseas events.
The AFF is looking to expand its existing pool of experienced team managers, to ensure there are appropriate resources in place to support the increasing number of international competition tours undertaken every year. These roles are unpaid, with managers receiving reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses and a per diem only.
The AFF, together with the ACT Fencing Association, is delighted to announce that Australia has been awarded the right to host the 2018 Commonwealth Senior Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Veteran Championships in Canberra in late 2018. We look forward to working closely with the Commonwealth Fencing Federation to deliver a successful and enjoyable event!
The AFF invites all interested fencers to register for the following 2017 Coach Designated Tours:
1) the Open and U/23 Mens & Womens Sabre Tour to Korea in March/April 2017, incorporating the FIE Grand Prix in Seoul; and
2) the Open and U/23 Mens & Womens Foil Tour to China in May 2017, incorporating the FIE Grand Prix event in Shanghai.
The information for the tours is separated based on Age Category and Weapon. Please ensure that you download the one(s) that you are interested in.
Further information for the Tours can be gained from the contacts listed in the documents.
To register, click here. To see who is already registered, click here. This registration facility is provided to Australian fencers for tours which are compulsory for members of the High Performance Program, but are also available for participation by non-HPP fencers. Registrations close on Friday 17 February 2017.
Please note that if you have previously registered for these tours, you do not need to do so again.
Please also note the "Fees and Charges" information on the AFF web site (click here), in addition to the Operational Protocols on Selection (click here) and Tour Costs (click here). As part of the registration process, you will be asked about travel insurance. If you leave this blank, the standard tour insurance charge will apply.
In order to nominate for events that form part of the tour, you will need an FIE licence. This is not required immediately, but you will not be able to complete your nomination unless all of the international representation pre-requisites have been competed (click here).
Athletes intending to compete in Junior or Senior World Cup events (including Grand Prix) need to note very carefully the operation of the Selection Policy (sections J4.21 - J4.23, and O4.21 - O4.23 respectively). The Operational Protocol for other Category "E" events for cost information is also relevant (click here), as is the information relating to Team entries (click here).
Important Note: nomination for the competitions that are part of this tour is an additional process, and must be done using the overseas competition entry facility (click here). As with the FIE licence above, event entry does not to need to be done at the time of tour nomination.
The AFF sends its warmest regards to Mâitre Michael O'Brien on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Mike has been a valued contributor to Australian fencing over a period of almost 70 years.
As a fencer, Mike was Australian champion in sabre and multiple finalist foil and epee. He was selected for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki but unfortunately was unable to attend after officials queried his amateur status.
Mike obtained his coaching qualification (Brevet of Mâitre d'Armes) at the British Academy of Fencing and was responsible for developing the first fencing syllabus approved by the ASC. He coached Australian teams at a number of international events, including the 1956 Olympics, the 1970 Commonwealth Games and the 1979 World Championships. Mike introduced fencing to a number of Melbourne schools and universities and has continued to coach since his return to Queensland in 1988. Mike was the foundation coach to many Australian Olympians, including Greg Benko, Evelyn Halls, Jo Halls and Amber Parkinson.
Mike is a life member of the AFF and QFA, and was awarded the Australian Sports Medal in 2000. Happy birthday Mike!
The AFF congratulates the following fencers who have been selected to represent Australia at the
2017 Asian Cadet Championships in Korat, Thailand (24th February - 5th March).
Team Manager: Vince Elias
Coaches: Epee - Vlad Sher, Foil - Dimi Giovani,
Sabre - Antonio Signorello
Assistant Team Managers: Tanya Buchanan
(NTR = Non Travelling Reserve)
Last Updated 18 Jan 2017