Brisbane to host international cadet fencing tournament

Asian Epee Circuit 2

The Queensland Fencing Association is proud to be hosting the 2017 Asian Cadet Epee tournament from 22-23 July 2017. The tournament is part of the new Asian Cadet Circuit, established this year by the Asian Fencing Confederation to give cadet (Under 17) fencers more international competition experience.

This is a great opportunity for young Queensland epee fencers. Details on how to register for the event will be available soon. In the meantime, interested fencers should ensure they have a Fencing Confederation of Asia licence ($25), available through the Australian Fencing Federation. Details here.

Information about the competition will be updated on the dedicated Facebook page as it becomes available. Like the page and keep checking for new posts.

Sabre fencers also benefit from a local event, with Sydney hosting a cadet sabre competition as part of the new circuit on 2nd September 2017. Details here.

The Asian Cadet Circuit competitions have been assessed by the Australian Fencing Federation as category E events. Australian competitors will be eligible for national ranking points, calculated at 0.8 times the points awarded for the Oceania Championships held outside Australia. Information about how ranking points are calculated generally is outlined in the Australian Fencing Association selection policy.

The new circuit competitions will also impact on fencers’ Asian zone rankings. For the 2016-17 season, Asian zone cadet rankings will be determined by results from the Asian Cadet Championships (in 2017 held in Korat, Thailand in April) plus the best three results from the new circuit events.

The complete Asian Cadet Circuit calendar can be viewed here.

U17 State Championships 2017

Registrations are now open for Under 17 State Championships.  All registered fencers who were 16 years of age or younger on January 1 2017 are eligible to enter.  Please use the 'Register Now' link below to register for this event.

The timetable for roll call is as follows.

Saturday 24th of June, 2017

Men’s Epee – 7:30 AM

Women’s Epee – 7:30 AM

Men’s Sabre – 11:30 AM

Women’s Sabre – 11:30 AM

Men’s Foil – 1:00 PM

Women’s Foil – 1:00 PM

Full whites and electrics are required, including spare weapon and bodywire.  Non-FIE equipment is fine and masks do not require the foil bib, however, weight and gauge will be tested.    

Perth tour update

Perth tourRegistrations for the National Cadet and Under-15 National Championships are now open on the Australian Fencing Federation website. Before entering, Queensland fencers must be affiliated with the state body as junior members. Athletes who currently have school fencer status must upgrade via the QFA registrations and payments page. (A discounted rate is calculated for existing school or club fencers, taking into account membership fees already paid.)

Information about the QFA tour to Perth is contained in the attached document.

Athletes and eligible officials travelling to Perth sould also consider applying for a Local Sporting Champions grant from the Australian Institute of Sport. The grants of up to $500 are available to athletes, coaches and officials travelling to participate in a state, national or international sporting event. Visit the AIS website for more information and to apply.


Register here to join the QFA tour

Upgrade to QFA junior fencer here

Register here to enter the tournament

More squad options


Queensland squad training has been revamped for the next block starting in July, with a half-squad and limited casual squad sessions now available.

Assistant national epee coach Paul Crook says the squads have to cater to Queensland's National High Performance Program athletes.

"These athletes sign contracts requiring them to train with a squad of the best athletes in the state twice a week throughout their annual cycle," Paul says.

But he says squad training can also benefit fencers in all age groups who are preparing for national-level events or who want to compete overseas. but not as a member of the High Performance Program.

It's also a great way for developing fencers to gain confidence as they move from the club environment into competitive fencing. 

With this in mind, the next squad block (July - September 2017) will offer the following options:

  • Senior Squad - $320 for 8 rounds, 2 sessions per round 
    7 Saturdays (12:00 - 2:00pm) and 9 Wednesdays (6:00pm - 9:00pm)
  • Half Senior Squad - $190 for 8 sessions
    Wednesday or Saturday, fencer can attend any session to a maximum of 8
  • Development Squad - $160 for 8 sessions
    8 Saturdays (12:00-2:00pm)
  • Casual Squad - $30 per session to a maximum of three sessions per block

For more details and to register click here.


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