The Frank Bartolillo cup was presented to the Australian Fencing Federation in 2015. The cup is for the annual perpetual competition between the Australian state teams during the Australian Under 15 Fencing Championships. The cup is named in Honor of Frank Bartolillo.
Frank completed an outstanding international career culminating in Olympic Selection for Athens 2004. He excelled at age and open events. In his first World Cadets he made the top 32, placing 23rd in both foil and sabre. His best age result was a spectacular top 16 in Cadet Sabre. At Senior World Championships Frank achieved a career best top 16 result in 2007, together with a number of top 64 results, several top 32 ‘s and a top 16 in World Cups. Frank achieved an FIE Senior ranking of 45 and a FIE Junior ranking of 25.
Frank reserves a special place for the Commonwealth Championships. At age 18 he won Bronze in Team Sabre. In 2002 he became Commonwealth Foil Champion and was a member of the team that took Gold. Though retired from competition in 2008 when Australia hosted the 2010 Commonwealths Frank decided to make a comeback. He undertook eight months of serious training including a training camp in Singapore with the top two British fencers, Frank again won the title of Commonwealth Foil Champion and again was a member of the winning foil team.
U/15 7 including School Boys and State Champion.
U/17 4 including School Boys and State Champion.
U/20 8 including State Champion.
Open 18 including 4 times State Champion.
Frank’s success is attributable to a dedicated team. With the guidance of his first coach, Tristan Chan, Frank won his first Gold Medal at age 12 in the NSW Schools League and went on to secure the triple age Australian crown. On Tristan’s retirement from coaching, Frank undertook the training program planned by Al Wardle, Master of Arms FIE, Sydney & Athens Olympic foil coach culminating in Olympic Qualification. Ivan Zhao accompanied Frank to Senior World Championships .
Full results can be found in Franks Official AFF Biography
The winning state’s name will be engraved on a plate fixed for this purpose on the Cup
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