QFA Open Circuit

The third round of the QFA Open Circuit for 2017 will be held on Saturday 29 July at Yeronga SHS, Villa St, Yeronga.
Entry to each open event is $40 and should be made through the online payment system (see registration link below). Entries made by 26 July 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. Interstate or International competitors are welcome - please contact for more information. 

Standard entry to the B-Grade competition is $30.00. Earlybird entry prior to 26 July receive a discounted entry fee of $20.00.
All Veteran Fencers (Ages 40+ in 2017) will also receive QFA Veteran Ranking Points from the competition - the Veteran Results will be extracted from the Open Competition rather than being a separate event.
To compete in multiple events, please register for each individually.

Register Here

The roll call times for each event are:

Men's Epee - 7:30 am

Women's Epee - 7:30 am

Women's Sabre - 11:00 am

Men's Sabre - 12:30 pm

Women's Foil -  1:00 pm

Men's Foil - 1:30 pm 

B-Grade Mixed Foil - 11:30am


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.

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.


Open circuit results

QFA open 2 podium pic

A small but enthusiastic field took to the strips on Sunday 21st May 2017 in QFA's second open circuit tournament for this year.
Madeleine Andersen dominated the women's events, taking gold in women's epee and sabre and bronze in the foil event.
Despite a reduced training schedule while she completes year 12, Alicia Kwag continued her domination of women's foil, taking gold in that event and claiming silver in sabre.
Emilie Tixeront achieved a personal best with a silver medal in the women's epee.
After losing in the T16 in men's epee, Michael Nelson blitzed the field in his 'just-for-fun' events, bagging the silver medal in men's foil and bronze in sabre.
Officials trialled new competition software for the tournament and are pleased with the result, saying Fencing Time proved more user-friendly for new volunteers who are keen to learn how to run competitions.
Tournament results are available here.

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