NSWFA Competitions

The NSWFA runs a variety of competitions for all levels of fencer.

A-Grade competitions are run in all three weapons, and are open to all fencers: it is not necessary to qualify for entry.

In addition, the NSWFA runs Novice competitions in all three weapons, for less experienced fencers. Fencers may not compete in Novice competitions for more than two years, and may be promoted before this time if they win a competition. For full details, see the Novice Fencers page of this website.

A variety of age-based competitions are also run in all three weapons: Under-23, Under-20, Under-17, Under-15, Under-13 and Under-11. NSWFA also runs individual and team Schools Championships in Terms 2 and 3. For full details, see the School Fencers and Junior Fencers pages of this website.

At the other end of the age bracket, Veteran competitions are held for fencers over the age of 40. For full details, see the Veteran Competitions page of this website.

Finally, the NSWFA also holds annual State Club Team Championships for all three weapons.

Download NSWFA Competition Handbook (.pdf format)
NSWFA Competition Handbook (PDF format)


Entrants in Open, Veterans, U/23, U/20, U/17 and U/15 competitions must be affilated with the NSWFA Inc.

Entrants in Novice, Schools, U/13 and U/11 competitions must be either registered or affiliated with the NSWFA Inc.

All NSWFA competition entries and fencer registrations are done via our online Payments and registrations portal.

Late entries will be accepted without a late fee if received by midday Saturday via entries@nswfencing.org.au.

Entries may also be made in person on the day of the competition, but a surcharge will be applied. No surcharge will apply to second entries made on the day of the event.

Entry fees

For individual competitions, the entry fee is:

  • First entry $35 online by credit card or PayPal
  • Second entry $25 online by credit card or PayPal
  • Late entries $70 at registration desk by credit card or cash

For team competitions, the entry fee is $60 per team.


A detailed explanation of fencing uniforms and other equipment requirements may be found on the the Equipment Requirements - NSWFA page of this website.

In summary:

  • All NSWFA competitions are fenced using electrical apparatus.
  • FIE standard equipment is not required.
  • All competitors must wear full fencing uniform. The only exception to this is that in Novice, Schools, U/13 and U/15 Foil and Sabre events, tracksuit pants may be worn instead of fencing breeches. (Breeches are required for all Epee competitions, as legs are part of the target area.)

NSW Fencing has some equipment available for hire. For more information, see the Equipment Hire page of this website.


All competitors should be aware of, and abide by, the Safety Rules.

Download Safety Rules
Safety Rules for Competitions and Squad Training

Competition format

Individual Competitions

NSWFA individual competitions are generally fenced using the standard format of one round of pools followed by a Direct Elimination tableau. Except where numbers are low (as defined in the medals policy), medals will be given for 1st to 3rd place (3rd and 4th ranked fencers are classed as "equal third").

Download Medals Policy
Medals policy

Team Competitions

NSWFA runs State Club Team Championships for each weapon. Composite teams (where the team members come from different clubs) are also permitted. The event is run on a standard 45-hit relay format. Gold medals are awarded to each member of the winning team. Depending on the number of teams entered, 2nd and 3rd placed teams may receive either medals or certificates.

Team events are also run at the Schools State Championships: in many cases, these events use the best of nine bouts format.

NSWFA runs an Italian Relay competition every year. Teams may be club-based or composite.


These assist on a voluntary basis. If you wish to be involved please contact the Technical Director.

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