Excalibur Masters Competition 2014

The Excalibur Masters Competition will be held on 26 and 27 April this year. This is an annual standalone event for all fencers 30 years and over. Fencers over 40 will receive FencingWA Veteran ranking points for their overall placings.

Schedule of events

Saturday 26 April
Foil 12:30 pm

Sunday 27 April
Sabre 9:00 am
$2 sausage sizzle for lunch
Epee 2:00 pm

Team events to follow individual events, subject to numbers and time permitting. Teams drawn by random selection.

Entries close 24 April 2014. Please use the entry form.

Updated Rules for 2014

FIE and FencingWA have updated rules for 2014. Please familiarise yourself with these changes, particularly if you may be called upon to referee or DT during the year. You may find the following resources useful.

FencingWA Competition Rules 23 February 2014
FIE Technical Rules (English) January 2014
FIE Penalties/Cards (English)
FIE Organisational Rules (English) January 2014
FIE Material Rules (English) 16.1

Changes are indicated with vertical bars in the margins of all documents except the Penalties/Cards one. However, the Technical Rules document also includes the penalties with the changes marked.

Message from FencingWA

Just in case you didn’t receive the email, here is a message from FencingWA to start the year:

Dear all,

Happy new year and welcome to Fencing in Western Australia for 2014. This is just a quick note to remind you of some important fencing and competition related items of note:

1. Please remember to pay your affiliation fees using SportingPulse. To do so, visit our new web page at http://www.fencingwa.com/ and click on the Payment button in the top right. Any problems, please e-mail me at wafaweb at yahoo dot com.

Note that all fencers should AFFILIATE ($30) to (a) be part of the FencingWA community, and (b) ensure that they are covered by the appropriate insurance, (c) participate in any FencingWA activities (including U13 events).

Those fencers who either (a) are competing in under 15 events or above in WA, or (b) wish to participate in any national event, should also pay their CAPITATION fee (which covers AFF Capitation).

2. Please note that a fee will be charged for competition entries this year, with the funds going back into raising the standards of competition and refereeing. The fee will be $5 per event for entries received on time (ie. by the Monday before competition) and $10 for entries made up to the Friday before the event. A late fee of $20 per event will be charged if competitors turn up on the day that have not entered properly. We are investigating alternative entry procedures, but until an alternative mechanism is confirmed, payments can be made using the usual SportingPulse payment portal. A confirmation e-mail should be sent using the competition registry page found under the competitions menu at http://www.fencingwa.com/

3. Please note that weapons testing will continue to apply in 2014. Non-compliant weapons (weight, gauge or overall functionality or safety) will not be allowed to be used in competition.

4. For all U13 foil and epee competitions FencingWA policy is that size 2 weapons should be used (there is some scope to use size 3 if provided by a club, to accommodate the transition but please do not purchase a size 3 weapon as this may not be acceptable in future).

5. Please check the FencingWA competition rule book which should be available at http://www.fencingwa.com/#!downloads/c1xvs in the downloads section. Other FencingWA policies can also be found at this location.

6. Please also note that the FIE rules have been updated and are available from http://britishfencing.com/uploads/files/book_t_jan_2014.pdf.

7. Follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/fencingwa/) and Twitter (@FencingWA)

8. Finally, we need volunteers. In particular, the Association needs a secretary and/or someone to help with communications. This is an extremely important and rewarding job and is at the heart of what we do. If you are interested in helping out in this, or any, capacity, please contact me on wafaweb at yahoo dot com

Kind regards,

Ben Peden

President, FencingWA

FencingWA Ranking Survey

With the reduced number of events in the WA calendar next year particularly for younger fencers, the rankings system needed changes in order to work well. A set of ranking mechanisms has been developed to deal with these new circumstances, and to introduce more consistency between the various tables where possible and appropriate. Please provide your opinion on these proposed changes.

Note that it is your opinion of the various rankings systems that is sought (assuming that we have a reduced-event calendar in 2014), not your opinion on the reduction in number of events itself.

This survey closes on Monday 16 December, so you will need to respond in the next few days. Please pass on this link to anyone in the fencing community who you think should see it.


Edit: Many of the responses in the WA ranking survey are mixing up the concept of “given the ranking events in the 2014 calendar, what do you think of this ranking system?” (the question being asked) with “what do you think of the ranking events in the 2014 calendar?” (the question some of you apparently want to be asked). There is a new survey asking about the main contentious areas, the inclusion of FSI and the reduction in the number of events. For, against or neutral, please have a go at this one too.


FencingWA Awards Night 2013

The West Australian Fencing Association invites all fencers and families to the 2013 Awards Presentation and Social Evening hosted by UWA Fencing Club from 6:00 PM on Saturday 30 November 2013. Please check out the invitation for details. Gary Sudran is handling ticket sales for Excalibur, so please see him or use the registration form at the Excalibur front desk before 15 November.

Updated FencingWA Activity Weekend Schedule

New timetable for the final Activity Weekend of 2013, updated as of 29 October. Please note these are fencing start times, be there 30-45 minutes earlier for registration and warmup.

Saturday 2 November
9:45 U13 Épée Final (electric, size 2 blades)
11:30 U13 Sabre Final (electric)

Sunday 3 November
9:45 U13 Foil Final (non-electric)

UWA Fencing Club
UWA International Martial Arts Centre
Corner Princess and Goldsworthy Road