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The Australian Fencing Federation Inc (AFF) runs four Open National competitions every year, including the Australian National Championships.
All four Open National events are accompanied by Veterans' events. In addition, the AFF runs National Championships for Under-20, Under-17, Under-15 and Schools.
All National Championships (except Veterans') incorporate both Team and Individual events.
Aside from age restrictions, AFF individual events are open to any fencer who wishes to compete.
Where the AFF competition incorporates a team event, NSW team entries will be arranged by the NSWFA. Teams will be selected by the NSW Selectors in accordance with the NSWFA Selection Policy. More information about team eligibility is available on the Elite Fencers page. School teams for the Australian Secondary Schools will be invited to enter by the NSW selectors.
Entry fees for AFF Inc. competitions are $70 per weapon, plus a $5 NSWFA admin charge to cover transaction costs.
Levies will be applied to AFF National Championships which are held in Sydney ($60 per entry) - this will go towards hosting the event. There will also be a levy for AFF National Championships which are held interstate ($60 per entry) - this will go towards paying for a referee, team managers and coaches for these events.
Late entries are at double the normal rate and must be made to the state association hosting the event on the day.
Entry fees for team competitions are $130 per team. Note that NSWFA will pay entry fees for all NSW State teams (at Open, Junior, Cadet and U/15 Nationals).
Only entries from affiliated fencers will be accepted for AFF competitions.
NSWFA publishes a closing date for entries to AFF tournaments. (Note that this date will not always be the same as the date published on the AFF or other State websites).
NSW fencers must use the NSWFA Online System (secure credit card payment) to make entries for AFF tournaments. This online system can also be used to Affiliate with NSWFA.
Online Affiliation/Registration and AFF Competition Entry form
Late entries and payment should be made to the State association hosting the event, e.g. NSWFA if it is in NSW, VAFA if in Victoria, etc.
A detailed explanation of fencing uniforms and other equipment requirements may be found on the the Equipment Requirements - AFF page of this website.
NSW Fencing does not hire out equipment suitable for AFF tournaments. Fencers are advised to speak to their clubs or to equipment vendors if they need to hire equipment for an AFF tournament.
AFF individual competitions are fenced using the standard format of one round of pools followed by a Direct Elimination tableau. Where there are 16 or more competitors, medals given for 1st to 8th place. If there are fewer than 16, medals are only given to the top 4 fencers. (NB There is no fence-off for third place: the two fencers who lose the semi-finals are declared equal third, and each gets a bronze medal).
AFF team competitions are run using the standard team format. There is no preliminary round of pools: the teams are placed into a DE tableau based on team members' results from the individual event at the tournament.
The AFF does not run any Italian Relay team competitions.
Page last updated 13 January, 2013
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