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Open Circuit Competition #2

QFA Open 2

Round two of the QFA Open Circuit for 2017 will be held on

Sunday 21st May
Yeronga SHS, Villa St, Yeronga

Entry to each event is $40 and should be made here through the online payment system - entries made by 17 May receive a discounted entry fee of $30.

All fencers will need to be Junior or Senior Members of the Queensland Fencing Association in order to register online (although Interstate or International competitors are welcome - please contact the treasurer for more info).

To compete in multiple events, please register for each individually.

Competitions are fenced using full electric equipment, including conductive foil masks. Medallists will need a tracksuit jacket or fencing whites for presentations.

The roll call times for each event are:

Men's Epee - 7:30 am
Women's Epee - 7:30 am
Women's Sabre - 11:30 am
Men's Sabre - 12:30 pm
Women's Foil - 2:00 pm
Men's Foil - 2:30 pm

Fencers need to be there at least 15 minutes before the start time to get ready. 

Australian Fencing Federation board vacancies

The AFF has called for nominations to fill three board positions which will become vacant immediately following the 2016 Annual General Meeting scheduled for Saturday, 20 May 2017.
Nominations can only be submitted by member states and must be received by the AFF by 21 April 2017.
If a member of the Queensland fencing community believes they have relevant experience to offer the AFF board, please contact secretary@qfa.org.au as soon as possible to discuss nominating. A copy of the nomination form is attached.

Attachments:
Download this file (Director Nomination Form.pdf)Director Nomination Form.pdf[ ]145 kB

More options with school team fixtures

School team fixtures picSchool fencing teams will take over the hall at Yeronga this Saturday in round one of the annual school team competition.
QFA has expanded the six-week-long fixture this year to enable individual fencers to participate in composite teams, catering to school-aged fencers looking for more competition
"There are a lot of school-aged fencers who attend schools without a fencing program," QFA General Manager Peter Creese says.
"By putting them in composite teams and running a supplementary competition side by side with the regular school teams fixture, we can offer more young fencers competition experience in a fun environment."
The supplementary competition, which costs $50 per person for the six-week fixture, has been expanded this year to have five categories running at the following times:

8:00 am – 9:30 am           Primary Foil (Years 4-6) and Epee
9:30 am – 11:00 am         Junior Foil (Year 7-9) and Sabre
11:00 am – 12:00midday  Senior Foil (Years 10-12)

Fencers must be School Fencer or Junior Members of the Queensland Fencing Association and must have their own fencing equipment.
To register an individual fencer email admin@qfa.org.au

Conducting opponents

What do fencing and conducting music have in common? Great hand-eye coordination we’re told.

Annie Silva studies conducting and read that fencing is the perfect complementary sport.

She convinced friend Katherine to join her in a learn-to-fence session at Yeronga, taking advantage of discounts currently offered through Groupon.

Annie and Katherine spent 45 minutes learning some basics with state epee coach Paul Crook and then stood piste-side to watch Olympian Luc Cartillier go toe-to-toe with Lachie Crook in the men’s epee semi-final at last month’s open circuit tournament.

They said they loved their lesson and have since signed up for a six-week learn-to-fence course.

Despite the similarities between her musical pursuits and the sport, Annie said she will have to make some adjustments.

“In conducting we learn how to foreshadow our hand movements with our body,” Annie said.

“With fencing I’ll have to learn not to give my game away.”

QFA is working with clubs and coaches around Brisbane this year to attract more novice fencers to the sport.

March learn-to-fence courses are running Friday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings at Yeronga, with further sessions planned throughout the year at various locations.

More information and registration here.

 

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