The AFF is pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) to support an intensive training and competition program for our Men's Foil team in the lead-up to their 2017 key benchmark events - the Asian Championships in June and the World Championships in July.
The allocation of funding by the AOC recognises the significant international results achieved by the Men's Foil squad in recent years, including back to back Top 8 finishes at the 2015 & 2016 World Junior Championships.
The AOC funds will be used to support the attendance of four fencers and a coach at the FIE Grand Prix event in Shanghai and the FIE World Cup in St Petersburg during May 2017, as well as the staging of two additional high performance training camps over the next three months.
The funding provided by the AOC has been allocated to the top four fencers in the current Men's Foil rankings - Sholto Douglas, Jesse Morris, Ned Fitzgerald and Lucas Webber. The team will be accompanied by National Foil Coach Antonio Signorello in Shanghai and Assistant National Foi Coach Rob di Pasquale in St Petersburg.
The AFF is grateful for the AOC's ongoing support of Austraian fencing and we value the AOC's assistance as we work towards qualifying fencers for the 2020 Olympics and beyond. We wish the Men's Foil team and their coaches all the best for a successful overseas campaign, as they seek to build on the encouraging results achieved to date.