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.

U13 & U15 State Championships

U13 and U15 web sizeThe U13 and U15 State Championships are a great way for emerging young fencers to test their skills in the individual competition format. This year, to encourage school fencers to take the next step, QFA is offering discounted entry fees to this tournament.

Fencers competing for the first time in a QFA competition have a discounted entry fee of $15.00 for the first weapon only. In addition, U13 fencers who compete in both the U13 and U15 event in the same weapon can purchase a discounted combined entry for $55 ($45 for early registration).

All other entries are discounted to $30 if made by 31st May 2017.

Fencers must be junior member of QFA to register. To upgrade from school or club to junior member, click here.

For more information about the tournament, click here.

To register for one or more events, click here.


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