News & Information

29 November 2014

2015 NSWFA Competition Timetable

The 15 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been released.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2015 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2015 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (XLS format)
 

24 November 2014

NSWFA Awards Dinner

NSWFA's end of year celebration draws closer.

The annual Grand Prix awards will be presented at a special lunch on Sunday 14 December at the Hornsby RSL.

This year the success of our athletes in overseas competitions will be recognised.

And we'll be announcing Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year.

Apart from the prizes, there will be fun and games for all.

A 3 course Christmas buffet lunch will be served.

Cost is only $45 for adults and $25 for under 15s. Buy your own drinks.

Book now through the NSWFA portal.

Hornsby RSL is at 4 High Street, Hornsby, just across from the railway station. Free parking is available at the RSL (enter from William Street).


23 November 2014

NSW fencers making their mark abroad

Congratulations to:

World Veteran Championships in Hungary

  • Sarah Osvath - silver in Women's Epee

Open Commonwealth Championships in Scotland

  • John Downes - bronze in Individual Men's Epee, the only individual medal winner from Australia.
  • Patrick Daley - bronze in Team Men's Foil.
  • Sholto Douglas - 5th in Individual Men's Foil.

Veteran Commonwealth Championships in Scotland

  • Andrey Tyshchenko - silver in Men's Foil, gold in Team Men's Foil
  • Michael Howard - silver in Men's Sabre
  • Richard Purdie - gold in Team Men's Foil, bronze in Team Men's Epee
  • Attila Brungs - 6th in Men's Sabre
  • Harriet Jordan - 7th in Women's Sabre, bronze in Team Women's Sabre, gold in Team Women's Foil
  • Fiona Budniak - gold in Team Women's Foil

Well done to all medal winners and all of the NSW fencers who competed in these international events.


23 November 2014

NSW team selections for National Championships

NSWFA extends best wishes and good luck to all of our NSW fencers competing in the Australian Open and Oceania Veteran Championships in Canberra 5-9 December.

NSW will be entering A and B Teams in the Open events, and also teams in the Veteran events.

Open Teams

The A Teams have been selected in accordance with the Selection Policy. A Teams will be comprised of the top three ranked fencers plus the highest placed fencer in the individual event not already selected. B Teams will be comprised of fencers not already selected for an A Team in the order of their results in the individual event.

A Team Selections:

  • Men's Foil: Sholto Douglas, Edison Cai, Matthew Donald
  • Women's Foil: Margarita Sokolovskaja, Lishan Sung, Jackie Budniak
  • Men's Epee: John Downes, Luke Mansfield, Ed Fernon
  • Women's Epee: Sarah Osvath, Annelyse Davison, Elizabeth Duff
  • Men's Sabre: Dongwhan Kim, Jasper Rowley, Adam Wilcock
  • Women's Sabre: Cheryl Chan, Grace White, Priscilla Del Castillo

Veteran Teams

Veteran team selections will be on the basis of placing in the individual veteran's event. NSWFA can enter two teams in each event. Team events immediately follow the individual events and all veterans are asked to make themselves available for team selection.

Team managers for each veterans event are:

  • Men's foil: Vince Newton
  • Women's foil: Annabelle Slowiaczek
  • Men's epee: Duncan Fairweather
  • Women's epee: Julie Seggie
  • Men's sabre: Michael Howard
  • Women's sabre: Harriet Jordan

Team managers are responsible for confirming availability of fencers, selecting teams based on individual results and advising the DT of team selections.


13 October 2014

Sholto Douglas takes Silver at the U/23 Asian Championships

Podium photo - U/23 Foil, Asian ChampionshipsCongratulations to Sholto Douglas, who has just taken Silver in Men's Foil at the U/23 Asian Championships, held in Manila, Philippines.


Finallists - U23 Men's Foil, Asian Championships


9 October 2014

Vale - Simon Auty

Fencing Victoria has advised of the passing of Simon Auty, fencer and State President since 2008. Simon's death is a loss not only to fencing in Victoria but also in Australia. Fencers in NSW express their condolences to Simon's family and especially to his daughter Sam.


9 September 2014

Farewell Phil Mansfield

Fencers formed a guard of honour to farewell Phil Mansfield at a Service of Thanksgiving at Woronora Crematorium on Tuesday 9 September.

Mourners filled the chapel to capacity with many standing outside during the service. Phil's son Luke spoke movingly of the warm moments he shared with his father. Friends Mike Alchin and Peter Gill spoke of Phil's dedication to his family, his friends, his community and his club - a generous man always ready to help others. Phil's life was portrayed in a video showing him as a child, a young man, a loving father and a gentleman fencer.

A memorial fund has been set up to continue Phil's work to develop regional fencing especially for young people. If you would like to donate, you can do so by EFT to the NSW account (Commonwealth Bank - NSW Fencing - a/c 062 108 10064140 - reference: Mansfield Fund). NSWFA ask that you email your bank receipt for the deposit to secretary@nswfencing.org.au at the time you make the donation.

Phil Mansfield's funeral


4 September 2014

Funeral details for Phil Mansfield

Phil MansfieldThe funeral service for Phil Mansfield will be held on Tuesday 9th September at 2:00pm

South Chapel
Woronora General Cemetery and Crematorium
121 Linden Street
Sutherland

See the website for map and chapel location.

There will be a donation box at the service for a memorial fund to be set up in Phil Mansfield's name for regional kids' fencing. It is requested that you do not buy flowers, but instead put the money in the box as that is what he would have liked.

If you are unable to attend the funeral, but would like to donate, you can do so by EFT to the NSW account (Commonwealth Bank - NSW Fencing - a/c 062 108 10064140 - reference: Mansfield Fund). NSWFA ask that you email your bank receipt for the deposit to secretary@nswfencing.org.au at the time you make the donation.

For those attending AFC3 in Perth this weekend, a dontations box has also been set up there.


2 September 2014

Tragic loss of Phil Mansfield

We report with deep sadness the tragic death of Phil Mansfield yesterday (Monday 1 September) in a motorcycle accident.

Phil was the President of the Southern Highlands Fencing Academy and a veteran fencer who was loved and respected by all. Our sincere condolences to Luke and his family.

When funeral arrangements are known, we will publish them here.


2 August 2014

2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.6

The 2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 6.

The additions are change in course dates and timetables added. Regional events also added.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 6 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 6 (XLS format)
 

2 August 2014

Camps and clinics

NSWFA is hosting a number of camps and clinics in the near future:

  • AFF Regional National Epee Training Camp
    22- 24 September
    9:00 - 3:30 daily
    Marrickville PCYC
    This National Epee Camp will coordinated by Paul Crook.
    Registrations now open
  • NSWFA "YOG" Development Camp in September Holidays is
    open for registration (Foil & Sabre).
    22 - 24 September   
    9:00 - 3:30 daily
    Marrickville PCYC
    Fee
    1 day camp - $50
    3 days camp - $135
  • NSWFA Development Referee Clinic
    Saturday 27 September
    9:00 - 10:30
    Upper Hall
    Marrickville PCYC
    fee: $25
    Registration now open through NSWFA website
  • AFF Community Coaching Course
    Regional - Wollongong
    Saturday 4 October
    Registration now open.
Download information on AFF Community Coaching Course (.pdf)
AFF Community Coaching Course, Wollongong
 

2 August 2014

NSWFA Black Card Policy

The NSWFA Executive, in consultation with tournament officials, has agreed a Black Card Policy which sets out the circumstances in which black cards may be issued at NSWFA events, who is authorised to issue black cards, the procedure to be followed when a black card is issued, the penalty that will apply and an appeal process.

The NSWFA Black Card Policy should be read in conjunction with the Reciprocal Black Card Policy agreed by State Associations on the application of black card penalties to fencers competing in inter-State events.

Both policies can be found on the Administration/Policies page.

Download NSWFA Black Card Policy (.pdf format)
NSWFA Black Card Policy 2014 (PDF format)
 
Download Reciprocal state black card policy (.pdf format)
Reciprocal State Black Card Policy (PDF format)
 

17 July 2014

Entries for 2014 Australian Fencing Circuit #3 open

Entries for the 2014 Australian Fencing Circuit #3 in Perth are now open. Entries close on 21 August.

Entries must be made using the AFF RegNow online form (not the NSWFA online form).

For a full timetable of the Championships, see the AFF website.


11 July 2014

Equipment and safety policy updated

The NSWFA Equipment and Safety Policy has been updated as at June 2014.

Download equipment and safety policy (.pdf)
Equipment and safety policy
 

11 July 2014

Vale John Haswell

NSWFA is saddened to report that John Haswell - father of fencers Dione and Adele and former husband of Olympic fencer Janet Haswell - passed away on Friday 4 July.

John was a member of The Swords Club and fenced foil and sabre. John also contributed to the technical side of fencing, writing texts on weapon maintenance and serving as the technical director at competitions.

NSWFA offers condolences to Dione, Adele and Janet.


11 July 2014

Vale Fencing Olympian - Raymond Neville "Ray" Buckingham

NSWFA has recently received the sad news of the passing on 8th July of Ray Buckingham.

Ray competed in the Men's Foil Team at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games. He also represented Australia at the 1954 World Youth Summer Games in Budapest, the 1954 World Championships in Luxembourg and the 1955 World Championships in Rome.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday 17th July at 11am at

Palmdale Memorial Park
57 Palmdale Road
Palmdale, NSW, 2258.

On behalf of the NSW Fencing community, we extend our sincere condolences to Ray's family and friends.


11 July 2014

Congratulations to our Cadet champions!

Cadets 2014NSW's Cadet fencers swept to overall victory in the Australian Cadet Championships in Sydney over the past three days.

NSW retained the Janet Hopner-Haswell Points Score Cups with 636 points ahead of Victoria on 408 points.

NSW fencers won three of the six team events - Men's Sabre, Women's Foil and Women's Epee. NSW also collected a silver medal in Women's Sabre and bronzes in Women's Sabre, Men's Sabre, Men's Foil and Men's Epee.

In the individual events, NSW fencers prevailed in Men's Sabre where they took seven of the top eight places with gold to Alexandre Douglas, silver to Boston Fawkes and bronzes to Harrison May and Matthew Tadros. In Women's Foil, Beatrice Hay won silver. Bronzes also went to Mathilda Barnard and Zoe Turner in Women's Sabre, Violet Hull in Women's Foil, Jesse Morris in Men's Foil, Ellie Jordan in Women's Epee and Alex Sells in Men's Epee.


7 July 2014

NSW U15 fencers strike gold in National Championships

New South Wales's young fencers have started out with a strong showing in the U15 National Championships in Sydney this weekend. In a field of over 130 participants from across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, New South Wales fencers have medalled in nearly every event (men's team épée will be held Monday morning).

The following NSW fencers medalled in the weekend's competition:

  • Women's individual épée: Emily Principe, silver; Ellie Jordan, bronze.
  • Women's individual foil: Caitlyn Trussell, gold; Grace Gallur, silver; Freya Clarke and Ellie Jordan, bronze.
  • Men's individual foil: Gregory Lam, bronze.
  • Women's individual sabre: Zoe Turner, gold; Ellie Jordan, silver;, Amber Zhanqiu Chen and Alexandra Hely, bronze.
  • Men's individual sabre: Sean Andrews, gold; Yongzhicheng Zheng, silver; Sami Beaumont-Cankaya and James Siu, bronze.
  • Women's team épée: New South Wales (Ellie Jordan, Emily Principe, Caitlyn Trussell and Sarah Trussell), gold.
  • Women's team foil: New South Wales A (Grace Gallur, Ellie Jordan, Rebekah Shiba and Caitlyn Trussell), gold; New South Wales B (Courtney Buchanan, Freya Clarke, Violet Hull and Morgan Kelly), silver.
  • Men's team foil: New South Wales A (Matthew Dall'Asen, Sebastian Davies, Gregory Lam and Corey Spiteri), silver.
  • Women's team sabre: New South Wales (Amber Zhanqiu Chen, Alexandra Hely, Ellie Jordan and Zoe Turner), gold.
  • Men's team sabre: New South Wales A (Sean Andrews, James Siu, Jack Snell and Yongzhicheng Zheng), gold; New South Wales B (Sami Beaumont-Cankaya, James Boyd-
    Hoare, Finlay Jones and Fletcher May), silver.

23 June 2014

Annual General Meeting report

The 2013 Annual General Meeting of NSWFA was held on Sunday 15 June.

Seven nominations for the seven vacant positions on the Executive were received and the following were declared elected: President - Duncan Fairweather; Vice President - Alex Andre; Secretary - Evy Claessen-Andrews; Treasurer - Nigel Cotman; Ordinary Members - Meron Clark, Vincent Elias, Luke Mansfield.

Reports from the President, Secretary, Treasurer, Officiating & Coaching Director and Regional Co-ordinator were received. These were sent to members with the agenda prior to the meeting.

The financial statements for 2012 and 2013 were accepted.

A motion submitted by a member to amend the proposed draft constitution was postponed until a general meeting is held to consider a new constitution.

The President's verbal report to the meeting is here:

Download President's report (.pdf format)
President's verbal report to AGM
 

15 June 2014

Entries for 2014 U/15 & Cadet Nationals open

Entries for the 2014 U/15 & Cadet National Championships in Sydney are now open. Entries close on 20 June

Entries must be made using the AFF RegNow online form (not the NSWFA online form).

For a full timetable of the Championships, see the AFF website.


15 June 2014

May 2014 report from NSW Head Coach

The NSW Fencing Head Coach, Antonio Signorello, releases regular progress reports on the NSWFA training and development project.

The May 2014 report is now available.

Download May 2014 report (.pdf format)
May 2014 report from Head Coach
 

11 June 2014

2014 AUG: Call for expressions of interest - Competition Manager and Technical Manager

The Australian University Games will be held in Sydney at Marrickville PCYC from Tuesday 30 September to Friday 3 October.

The NSW Fencing Association has responsibility for producing the event in accordance with the requirements of AUG. AUG offers two paid positions:

  1. Competition Manager: Responsible for liaison with AUG and oversight of competition planning, organisation, communications and resourcing. The Competition Manager will be required to attend AUG briefing sessions prior to the event.
  2. Technical Manager: Responsible for ensuring the efficient and proper management of the competition (essentially this is the DT role).

The payment for each position will be $880, subject to confirmation with AUG.

Appointment to each position will be recommended by NSWFA and approved by AUG.

If NSWFA members with appropriate experience are interested in applying for either of these roles, please email secretary@nswfencing.org.au by Friday 20 June. Please include a brief summary of relevant experience and your contact details.

If you have any queries, please email president@nswfencing.org.au

Download Call for expressions of interest(.pdf format)
Call for expressions of interest (PDF format)
 

6 June 2014

Sydney Sabre Centre Men's Team Wins Air Force International Fencing Open in Bangkok

The Sydney Sabre men's team took gold at Thailand's Air Force International Fencing Open in Bangkok on Sunday, defeating the Thai Air Force team 45-43. Sydney Sabre's Donghwan Kim defeated Olympic bronze medallist Wiradech Kothny in the final bout of the tense gold-medal match.

The team, consisting of Kim, Davide Wheeler, Philip Miller and Adrian Cawley, trained intensely to prepare for the competition, one of the major events on the Asian fencing calendar. In addition to their team victory, Kim took home an individual bronze, and Wheeler won gold and Miller silver in the veterans' event.


5 June 2014

2013 Annual Report and AGM Proxy notice

The 2013 Annual Report is now available, in addition to the Proxy form for the Annual General Meeting, which will be taking place on Sunday 15 June at 1400.

Download Annual Report (.pdf format)
2013 Annual Report (PDF format)
 
Download AGM Proxy form (.pdf format)
AGM Proxy Form (PDF format)
 
Download Notice of Annual General Meeting(.pdf format)
Notice of Annual General Meeting (PDF format)
 

23 May 2014

2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.5

The 2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 5.

There are changes to the ABC school series.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 5 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 5 (XLS format)
 

12 May 2014

New sabre glove requirements from AFC2

Sabre fencers are reminded that, commencing with the Robyn Chaplin Memorial Tournament (AFC2), the AFF will be requiring competitors to use the new 800N glove for all AFF sabre competitions.

See the AFF website notice about the change to the Weapons Control Policy.


12 May 2014

Annual General Meeting

New South Wales Fencing Association Inc will hold its annual general meeting for 2013 on Sunday 15 June at 1400.

The meeting will be held at Steel Park Leisure Centre 531 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

Please see the official Notice for the agenda and information about election of Executive members. Note that nominations for positions must be received by the Secretary by close of business on Friday 31 May 2014.

Download Notice of Annual General Meeting(.pdf format)
Notice of Annual General Meeting (PDF format)
 

12 May 2014

Media and Public Relations Plan

NSWFA's Media Officer, Laura Goodin, has prepared a Media Plan to help the Association and Affiliated Clubs gain more media coverage of our sport, particularly at the local community level. For key messages and information, please see the Plan here.

Download Media and Public Relations Plan for 2014-2015 (.pdf format)
Media and Public Relations Plan for 2014-2015 (PDF format)
 

3 May 2014

2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.4

The 2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 4.

A few new items have been added, the main ones being:

  • New and updated international events
  • Date change for the Level 1 coaching course / referee clinic
  • Times added in for several competitions
  • New dates for regional competitions
Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 4 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 4 (XLS format)
 

21 April 2014

Entries for 2014 Robyn Chaplin (AFC2) open

Entries for the 2014 Robyn Chaplin (AFC2) tournament in Adelaide are now open.

Entries must be made using the AFF RegNow online form.

For more information about the tournament, including timetable and accommodatin suggestion, see the AFF website or the event website.


13 April 2014

NSWFA Competition Handbook

The NSWFA Competition Handbook is now available for download from the website.

This handbook is intended to be a simple and useful guide for fencers, and the parents of younger fencers, taking part in competitions organised by the NSW Fencing Association.

Comments and suggestions are welcome - please email: admin@nswfencing.org.au

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

1 March 2014

Entries for 2014 D H McKenzie (AFC1) closing soon

Entries for the 2014 D H McKenzie (AFC1) tournament in Melbourne close on 6 March.

Entries must be made using the AFF RegNow online form.

A timetable and links to accommodation suggestions are available on the AFF website.

Remember, you must be affiliated with NSW Fencing in order to enter an AFF competition. (Allow a few days to spare before the cutoff for NSWFA to send the informaton to AFF.) The AFF's systems will automatically cut over to late registration ($174 plus transaction fee) at cut-off time, so don't leave things to the last minute if your NSWFA affiliation is not up-to-date. 


1 March 2014

2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.3

The 2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 3.

A few new items have been added, the main ones being:

  • Introduction to NSW mini series
  • Canberra day timetable
Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (XLS format)
 

28 January 2014

NSWOC Athlete Grant Program

The New South Wales Olympic Council (NSWOC) has advised NSWFA of a new Athlete Grant Program. The NSWOC will distribute five $1,000 cash grants to 'up and coming' junior NSW athletes in 2014.

The focus of this program is to provide increased opportunities and assist with the funding for the development of young, 'up and coming' NSW athletes. The program has been created to reach athletes outside of the NSWIS scholarship program and those that are not already receiving significant support from their State, National Sporting Bodies or third parties.

Applications are now open, for more information or to nominate an athlete please read and complete the attached form, or use the online application form. The recipients of the grants will be announced at the NSWOC Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 2 April 2014 at NSWIS.

Download NSWOC Athlete Grant Program Application and Information(.pdf format)
NSWOC Athlete Grant Program Application and Information
 

17 January 2014

Vale Professor Joan Beck

NSWFA is saddened to advise members that Professor Joan Beck passed away on 14 January. She was 95.

Joan Beck was the former Head Coach at The Swords Club and a much admired leader of fencing in this State.

A service to celebrate "An Extraordinary Life" will be held at 2.30pm on Monday 20 January at the Camellia Chapel, Macquarie Park Crematorium, cnr Delhi and Plassey Roads, North Ryde. Her family invites members of the fencing community to attend.

Sympathy can be expressed online at: smh.com.au/tributes.


2 January 2014

A new year message from NSWFA

2013 was a great year for NSW fencing and 2014 promises to be even better.

The attached New Year Message from Association President Duncan Fairweather summarises our achievements from 2013, and outlines some of the 2014 initiatives.

Download 2014 New Year Message (.pdf format)
2014 New Year Message
 

30 December 2013

2014 membership renewals and list of fees

Membership renewals for 2014 will open on 1 January using the online form.

A full list of 2014 fees is now available. The NSWFA Executive has set the fee schedule for 2014, bearing in mind the need to keep cost to members as low as possible while ensuring the Association receives sufficient revenue to remain financially viable. In some cases, e.g. online competition entry and membership for schools fencers, pricing has not changed since 2010.

Download 2014 fee schedule (.pdf format)
2014 fees
 

24 December 2013

December 2013 report from NSW Head Coach

The NSW Fencing Head Coach, Antonio Signorello, releases regular progress reports on the NSWFA training and development project.

The December 2013 report is now available.

Download December 2013 report (.pdf format)
December 2013 report from Head Coach
 

18 December 2013

2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable

The 2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been released.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2014 NSWFA Competition Timetable v. 1 (XLS format)
 

10 November 2013

Entries for National Championships open

Entries for the 2013 National Championships in Canberra have opened and must be made using the AFF RegNow online form.

A timetable and list of accommodation suggestions is available on the AFF website.

Normal registration closes on 20 November 2013.


7 November 2013

Change of venue and timetable for Super 8

Please note that due to the weather forecast for this weekend, it has been decided that NSWFA will run the 2013 Super 8 competition at Marrickville PCYCon Sunday, 10 November 2013.

The revised timetable is below. Any questions can be directed to the Secretary, Vince Elias on secretary@nswfencing.org.au or by text message 0424279843.

MF: 9.00
WF:9.00

ME:11.30
WE:11.20

MS:1.30
WS:1.30


27 October 2013

Equipment and safety policy

In October 2013, the NSWFA completed a review of equipment standards. The new policy is available in PDF format.

Download equipment and safety policy (.pdf)
Equipment and safety policy
 

NOTE: This new policy OVERRIDES anything on this or other pages of the website. Verification of website content against the new policy will be undertaken as soon as possible.


27 October 2013

Bill Gal Tournament - 30 Year Anniversary

The 2013 Bill Gal Annual Fencing Tournament will take place on the weekend of 16-17 November.

This is the 30 year anniversary of this event

Download Bill Gal Tournament flyer (.pdf format)
2013 Bill Gal Tournament (PDF format)
 

2 October 2013

2013 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.7.1

The 2013 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 7.1.

Dates and location for the Super 8 have been changed.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2013 Timetable v.7.1 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2013 Timetable v.7.1 (XLS format)
 

6 August 2013

July 2013 report from NSW Head Coach

The NSW Fencing Head Coach, Antonio Signorello, releases regular progress reports on the NSWFA training and development project.

The July 2013 report is now available.

Download July 2013 report (.pdf format)
July 2013 report from Head Coach
 

6 August 2013

2013 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.7

The 2013 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 6.1.

There have been changes to the dates of the school time table:

  • August 10
  • September 14

Coaching Seminar in 29 September has been cancelled.

Download NSWFA Calendar (.pdf format)
2013 Timetable v.7 (PDF format)
 
Download NSWFA Calendar (.xls format)
2013 Timetable v.7 (XLS format)
 

11 June 2013

Denise Dapre honoured

Congratulations to Denise Dapre who was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to fencing in the 2013 Queens Birthday Honours List.

The award cited the contribution Denise has made to fencing at the State, National and International level over many years as a selector, team manager and as a member of the Directoire Technique. The award noted that Denise was Australian member of the Directoire Technique for the 2000 Olympics and Paralympics as well as for World Cup, Commonwealth and World Championship events.

Denise is a Life Member of both the AFF and NSWFA.


8 June 2013

Entries for U/15 & Cadet National Championships open

Entries for the 2013 U/15 & Cadet National Championships in Sydney have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 19 June 2013.


29 April 2013

Entries for Robyn Chaplin Tournament open

Entries for the 2013 Robyn Chaplin Tournament (AFC2) in Adelaide have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 22 May 2013.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


23 March 2013

2013 State Squads

The State Coach has released an information sheet about the 2013 Squads Training sessions.

Download 2013 State Squads information
2013 State Squads
 

9 March 2013

Entries for D H McKenzie Tournament open

Entries for the 2013 D H McKenzie Memorial Tournament (AFC1) in Brisbane have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 19 March 2013.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


21 February 2013

Barry Black's Funeral Arrangements

Barry Black's funeral will be held at 2pm on Wednesday 27 February at the RSL War Veterans' Village, 90 Veterans Parade, Collaroy Plateau 2097. The chapel is at 5 Endeavour Drive, within the Veterans' Village.


16 February 2013

Information about Canberra Day tournament

The ACT Fencing Association has provided an information sheet about the Canberra Day Tournament.

Download Canberra Day Tournament information
Canberra Day Tournament information
 

15 February 2013

Vale Barry Black

We are sad to advise that Barry Black passed away on Friday 16 February, aged 85. Barry was a member of the Sydney Fencing Club in the 80s and will be known to many NSW fencers from that era. He helped coach many young fencers. Apart from fencing, Barry was an avid aviator and was still flying until his recent illness. He was also a maker of fine pens crafted from Australian timber. When known, funeral arrangements will be posted on this website.


4 February 2013

Rankings System Reviewed

The NSWFA Executive has reviewed and amended the ranking points system.

The main change is that Open rankings will be based on the best four results from competitions that carry ranking points and in other age categories rankings will be based on the best three results. This follows the AFF model and is intended to ensure that rankings better reflect the comparative performance of fencers.

The Rankings System can be found on the Policies page of this website with further details in the pdf links on each weapon category on the Results and Rankings page.

Download Points System
NSW Fencing Association Points System 2013
 

4 February 2013

Selection Policy amended

The NSWFA Executive has reviewed and amended the selection policy for national competitions to apply from 2013 to 2016.

Selections of all age categories will now be made on the same basis:

  • For the A team, three fencers will be selected according to ranking and the fourth position will be taken by the non-selected fencer who achieves the highest result in the individual competition.
  • For the B team, all members will be selected according to the order of their result in the individual competition.

The Selection Policy can be found on the Policies page of this website.

Download NSWFA Selection Policy 2013 - 2016 (.pdf)
NSWFA Selection Policy 2013 - 2016
 

1 February 2013

Vale Anthony Gaskell

The fencing community is saddened to hear of the death of Anthony Gaskell on 30 January after a battle with cancer. Anthony was 72. He was a member of the Rozelle Fencing Club and a much liked veteran competitor in epee.

Anthony's funeral will be held at 2.15pm on Tuesday 5 February at the Northern Suburbs Crematorium, 199 Delhi Road, North Ryde, with a reception to follow. See details at www.bluebyro.com/anthony/


28 January 2013

December 2012 report from NSW Head Coach

The NSW Fencing Head Coach, Antonio Signorello, releases regular progress reports on the NSWFA training and development project.

The December 2012 report is now available.

Download December 2012 report (.pdf format)
December 2012 report from Head Coach
 

18 January 2013

Sports Medicine Australia Hot Weather Guidelines

In hot weather, fencers need to take care while training and competing to prevent heat stress. Sports Medicine Australia has issued a fact sheet and guidelines which offer useful information for fencers, their coaches and parents:

Download Beat the Heat
Beat the Heat
(document held on the Sports Medicine Australia website)
 
Download Hot Weather Guidelines
Hot Weather Guidelines
(document held on the Sports Medicine Australia website)
 

2 January 2013

2013 member registration open

Membership renewals for 2013 are now available using the online form. Please renew your membership by no later than end-January.

Membership fees

As advised in the December newsletter, membership fees for 2013 are:

  • Senior Affiliated $135
    (for fencers over 20 on 1 Jan competing in NSWFA/AFF open and age competitions)
  • Junior Affiliated* $105
    (for fencers under 20 on 1 Jan competing in NSWFA/AFF open and age competitions)
  • Senior Registered $50
    (for fencers over 20 on 1 Jan competing only in novice competitions in NSW)
  • Junior Registered* $40
    (for fencers under 20 on 1 Jan competing only in novice competitions in NSW, Schools Competitions and Under 13 competitions in NSW)
  • Associate $10
    (for non-competitive club fencers, regional competition entrants and for general supporters of fencing)

The above membership categories are covered by insurance for sports injury and public liability.

* Note: You are a Junior member if you were born on or after 1 January 1993.

Coach registration

As in 2012, coaches will be invoiced separately. Coaches will be required to confirm that they are currently accredited by the Australian Sports Commission, have registered with the AFF via the Coaches' Portal and that they are currently compliant with NSW Working with Children requirements.

Coach fees for 2013 are:

  • Coach $135
  • Fencer/Coach $135
  • Honorary/Coach $75

The above coach membership categories are covered by insurance for sports injury, public liability and professional indemnity.

Club Affiliation

Clubs will be invoiced separately and must confirm they comply with the NSWFA Rules. The Club Affiliation fee is $100.

Affiliated Clubs are covered by insurance for public liability and directors/officers liability.

NSWFA State competition entry

Fencers are requested to submit their entry to competitions using the online form.

Online entries close at midnight on the Thursday prior to the Sunday event.

Late entries will be accepted without the late fee if received by midday Saturday via:

Competition entry fees:

  • First entry $25 online by credit card or PayPal
  • Second entry $15 online by credit card or PayPal
  • Late entry (after midday Sat) $45 ($25 normal fee + $20 late entry fee) at registration desk by credit card or cash
  • Second late entry $15

If fencers who have pre-entered for a competition are running late, they can call ahead to 0416 702 117 to advise the DT of their expected time of arrival. It is the DT's discretion whether a late arrival will be accepted.


28 December 2011

2013 coaching and refereeing courses

Referee Clinics will be run in 2013 - dates to be advised shortly.

A Level 1 General Coaching Course will be held early 2013. There will be 3 sessions, on 17 February, 24 March and 28 April. The primary weapon focus will be Foil, but the course will also cover Epee and Sabre. The course fee is $450 (including weapon manual and AFF administration fee). Registration closing date is 1 February.

For more information, see the below flyer, or contact alexandra.andre70@gmail.com.

Download Coaching Course information (.pdf format)
Level 1 General Coaching Course
 

1 December 2012

NSWFA Safety Review

The NSWFA Executive has prepared a draft paper on minimum safety requirements for fencing equipment covering masks, protective clothing and weapons.

NSWFA members, clubs and schools are invited to comment on the paper by 31 January 2013. When comments are received, the draft paper will form the basis of a safety policy to apply to all NSWFA fencing activities (competitions, squad training and camps) and will be recommended to clubs and schools.

Please send all comments to: safetydraft@NSWfencing.org.au.

Download draft safety review (.pdf)
Draft safety review
 

27 October 2012

Entries for Open and Veteran Nationals open

Entries for the 2012 Australian Open Championships and the Oceania & Australian Veteran Championships in Canberra have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 18 November 2012.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


14 Septeber 2012

27 October Novice Competitions CANCELLED

Please note that the Novice Competitions scheduled for 27th October have been cancelled.


14 Septeber 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.7.2

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 7.2.

Main changes are as follows:

  • 29 - 30 September Camp CANCELLED
  • 13 October Coach & Referee CANCELLED
  • 20 October Camp CANCELLED
  • 27 October Novice Comps CANCELLED
  • 21 October U/13 Foil - start time 12:00
  • 25 November - there have been some changes to start times
Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

2 Septeber 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.7

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 7.

Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

22 July 2012

U/13 Foil Championships in Wellington, New Zealand

NSWFA is calling for expressions of intereste in the "2012 Babychams" U/13 Foil, to be held in Wellington, New Zealand, on 11th November.

For more information contact Alex Andre at alexandraandre70@gmail.com.

Expressions of interest close 1st September.

Download 2012 Babychams information (.pdf format)
NSW Mini Raiders
 

22 July 2012

July 2012 report from NSW Head Coach

The NSW Fencing Head Coach, Antonio Signorello, releases regular progress reports on the NSWFA training and development project.

The December 2011 report is now available.

Download July 2012 report (.pdf format)
July 2012 report from Head Coach
 

27 June 2012

NSW team selections and referee roster for U/15 and Cadet Nationals

NSW Team selections have been made for the U/15 and Cadet National Championships, taking place on 30 June - 4 July in Sydney.

Download team selections (.pdf)
Team selections
 

NSWFA would also like to advise the referee roster for the event.

Download referee roster (.pdf)
Referee roster
 

27 June 2012

2012 NSWFA Winter Camp: 14-15 July

Ages

This camp is suitable for U/11 to U/17 fencers.

Weapons

Foil and sabre

Equipment

Will be available

Times

14-15 July, 8:00 to 12:00 each day

Venue

Steel Park Leisure Centre
Marrickville PCYC
531 Illawarra Road
Marrickville

Camp Fee

Per day - $40
Both days - $70

For more information, contact admin@nswfencing.org.au.

Download 2012 Winter Camp flyer (.pdf format)
2012 Winter Camp flyer
 

27 June 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.5

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 6. Key changes are:

  • Addition of U/23 State Championships
  • Changed start times for U/13 Gilt Foil on 21 October
Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

19 June 2012

CORRECTION to Timetable Change - State Junior Championships

There was an error in the recent notice of timetable changes for the State Junior Championships on Sunday 24 June.

Please note the following correct times:

  • The Junior Foil Championships will start at 11:00am, not 12 noon as scheduled.
  • The Junior Epee Championships will start at 12.30pm, not 1.30pm as scheduled. The start of the epee event will be flexible as some fencers may be competing in the Club Teams Epee event during the morning.

16 June 2012

Timetable Change - State Junior Championships

Fencers please note these timetable changes for the State Junior Championships on Sunday 24 June.

  • The Junior Foil Championships will start at 12 noon, not 1pm as scheduled.
  • The Junior Epee Championships will start at 12.30pm, not 1.30pm as scheduled. The start of the epee event will be flexible as some fencers may be competing in the Club Teams Epee event during the morning.

The reason for bringing the start times forward is to ensure the competition finishes by 5pm when we must clear the hall.


16 June 2012

2012 Australian Fencing Circuit (AFC) Junior Championships rescheduled

The AFF has advised that the 2012 Australian Fencing Circuit (AFC) Junior Championships have been rescheduled, and they will occur on 22-25 September 2012 (in Brisbane).

The event schedule for the AFC Juniors will be released on the AFF web site by about 11 June, and will be structured to allow fencers intending to compete in their chosen weapon(s) to also attend the Australian University Games in Adelaide during the fencing segment of the Games, which is 25-28 September.  

The AFF also intends to schedule a camp over the period of 26-27 September, at the same venue as the AFC Juniors.


3 June 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.5

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 5. Key changes are:

  • Change of dates for Asian Junior Championships
  • Addition of camps on 29 June and 20 October
  • Addition of Veteran events in Hong Kong and Japan
  • Changed start times for U/11 and U/13 State Championships
Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

26 April 2012

Entries for Robyn Chaplin Tournament open

Entries for the Robyn Chaplin Tournament (AFF#2) in Adelaide have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 20 May 2012.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


26 April 2012

Entries for Cadet / Under-15 National Championships open

Entries for the Cadet / Under-15 National Championships in Sydney have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 10 June 2012.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


21 March 2012

Selection policy 2012

At the NSWFA AGM on 18 March, the President advised that NSWFA would apply a selection policy based solely on rankings and results for the current year. This decision had been taken by the Executive in consultation with the Head Coach.

In practice, it had proved not possible to apply the policy approved at a general meeting in September last year.

The 2012 Selection Policy will apply this year in anticipation that it will be adopted formally next year, subject to any changes in the light of experience this year, and apply for the period 2012 – 2016.

Download NSWFA Selection Policy 2012 (.pdf)
NSWFA Selection Policy 2012
 

28 February 2012

Entries for D H McKenzie Tournament open

Entries for the D H McKenzie Tournament (AFF#1) in Melbourne have now opened and can only be made using the online form.

Entries close on 4 March 2012.

The timetable is available on the AFF website.


18 February 2012

Volunteer safety

Under NSW safety legislation which came into force in January 2012, NSWFA and Affiliated Clubs must take care of safety for volunteers.

Download Safety Policy
Safety Policy and Rules
 

9 February 2012

Timetable available for 2012 D H McKenzie Tournament

The 2012 D H McKenzie Tournament (AFF#1) will be held on 23-25 March at the Victorian State Fencing Centre, located at 1st Floor, 204-206 Arden Street, North Melbourne. The timetable is available on the AFF website.


9 February 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.4

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version 4. Key changes are:

  • Roberta Nutt - U/13 Girls' Sabre 9:00 start (not 1:00)
  • "Super 8" 11/11 not 10/11
  • Times added for Canberra Day events
Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

28 January 2012

Vale Charles Stanmore

We are sad to advise that Maestro Charles Stanmore passed away on 25 January. He was 87. Charles Stanmore represented Australia in four events in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki and was a leading coach and influential member of NSWFA. His students included Jeff Gray, Richard Emmerick, Greg Bayley and Roland Zopf.

A celebration of the life of Charles Stanmore will be held at 1pm on Friday 3 February at Lake Macquarie Memorial Park, Ryhope via Toronto on the Central Coast.


23 January 2012

AFF Open Calls for Nominations - Cadet and Junior Worlds 2012 - Second Round

The AFF is seeking interested Fencers for the 2012 World Junior and Cadets Championships in selected weapons. Nominees for the first round need not re-nominate.

Nominations can be provided by the Australian Fencing Portal at http://portal.fencing.org.au/. If you have not registered with the Portal, you will need to, before you can nominate for these Tournaments.

This nomination processes will close on the 27th Jan 2012.


23 January 2012

Annual General Meeting

The 2011 Annual General Meeting of the NSW Fencing Association will be held from 2pm – 5pm on Sunday 18 March 2012 at Marrickville PCYC, 531 Illawarra Road, Marrickville.

A formal notice of meeting, call for nominations for positions on the Executive and an invitation to submit motions will be sent to members, followed by an agenda and reports.

John Chow has resigned as Vice President of NSWFA and Frances Chow, as Secretary, has indicated she will not be seeking re-election at the AGM. John and Frances recently announced they are setting up the Sydney Sabre Centre.

The Executive has appointed Vincent Elias to the casual vacancy caused by John’s resignation. Vincent intends to nominate for the position of Secretary at the AGM. In the meantime, he is taking over the duties of Secretary while Frances is on maternity leave.


16 January 2012

Canberra Day Tournament timetable and information sheet

A timetable and information sheet about the Canberra Day Tournament (10-11 March) is now available.

Download 2012 Canberra Day Tournament information (.pdf)
Canberra Day Tournament timetable and information
 

9 January 2012

2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable updated to v.3

The 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable has been updated to Version . Key changes are:

  • Open Epee competition on 29/4 changed from City of Sydney to Tony Dominguez.
  • Removal of Open Epee (22/7) and Veteran Epee (24/6) competitions, included in error.
  • Veteran Foil moved from 22/7 to 26/8.
  • Veteran Epee moved from 22/7 to 29/7.
  • Club Sabre Team Championships moved from 15/7 to 22/7.
Download 2012 NSWFA Competition Timetable (.pdf)
Timetable
 

 

 
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