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.