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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.
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.
Fencers should use the Online Competition Entry System (secure credit card or paypal payment) to make entries for NSWFA competitions. This online system can also be used to Affiliate with NSWFA. Entries must be made before midnight on the Thursday night preceding the event.
Online Affiliation/Registration and NSWFA Competition Entry form
Late entries will be accepted without a late fee if received by midday Saturday via firstname.lastname@example.org or 0468 944 556 (leave a voice or text message).
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.
For individual competitions, the entry fee is:
For team competitions, the entry fee is $50 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.
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.
Safety Rules for Competitions and Squad Training
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").
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.
Page last updated 13 April, 2014
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