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  • 2023-06-01 10:33 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to FSA Life Member Leon Thomas, who has been awarded Life Membership of the Australian Fencing Federation. 

    He has been involved and has contributed to the development of fencing in Australia for 58 years as a competitor, volunteer, coach, Team manager, Technical support manager and mentor to many fencers both at State, National and International levels. He is well respected amongst his peers and colleagues.

    Read more about Leon's achievements here, and more photos are on our Facebook post

    Leon Head Shot

  • 2023-05-04 14:13 | Anonymous

    FSA is excited to announce we will be delivering the fencing competition for the 19th Australian Masters Games! 


    The fencing competition will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October, at the Lights Community and Sports Centre (the home of FSA state events, and the very successful 2022 National Championships). 

    Entry fee is Games Fee (currently $125) PLUS Sport Entry Fee ($40 for first weapon, $15 for second and subsequent weapon). The Games Fee is once off... meaning you can compete in other sports over the rest of the week! 

    The Games are held every two years, and were last in Adelaide in 2019 and 2015. There is a robust social program that accompanies the Games - keep an eye on their website for more information. 

  • 2023-05-02 10:30 | Anonymous

    We want to hear from our fencing community! Take the survey and tell us what we are doing well, and what we can do more of! 


  • 2023-05-01 18:16 | Anonymous

    Following the retirement of Rob Thomas, Sam Wells has joined the FSA Board and has been appointed as Treasurer.

    Sam started fencing at age 12, and has represented Wales on Junior and Senior teams. He currently coaches at CSFC (where he is also President), and was treasurer with Elizabeth Blue Light. 

    Welcome Sam! 

  • 2023-04-11 21:30 | Anonymous

    Entries are now open for School-Age Team events and Novice Foil on 4 June. 

    School-Age Team events 
    10:00 - Intermediate (year 8 and below) Foil and Epee
    12:00 - Senior (year 9 and above) Foil and Epee
    Click here for more information, entries must be emailed as per the 2022 event. 

    Novice Foil 
    13:00 - for fencers who have been fencing less than two years (aimed at uni fencers and adult beginners). Entries are through the standard online process. 
    Click here for more information and to enter. 

  • 2023-04-11 21:17 | Anonymous

    Registrations are open for Development Squad for Term 2 2023. 

    Fencers aged 13*-20 in all three weapons are invited to participate in the Squad, which is being run at North Adelaide Primary School (Adelaide Swords Club) on Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, commencing 2 May. 

    CLICK HERE for more information and to register. 

    *Fencers born in 2010 or 2011 - reach out to us to see if this is right for you. 

  • 2023-04-11 21:13 | Anonymous

    The 2023 Competition Calendar has been updated, CLICK HERE to download a copy. 

    • Event details have been added for 4 June (School-Age Teams and Novice Foil)
    • The "red" and "blue" weekends at the end of Term 2 have been swapped

    The calendar lists event start times. On competition day roll call is conducted 15 minutes prior, any fencers not present will be disqualified. Fencers should check in at the DT when they arrive at the venue - we encourage you to arrive 30 minutes prior to your event for warm up and check in. 

    The calendar is subject to change throughout the year, and we will communicate any changes out by email and social media, in addition to updating the website. The calendar PDF file also has a list of changes and versions at the bottom. 

  • 2023-02-28 14:52 | Anonymous

    Referee Coordinator Darren Ferguson has provided some updated information regarding the Unwillingness to Fight rules (previously "passivity" or "non-combativity"), and a reminder of what to bring to the piste with you to avoid yellow and red cards.

    Unwillingness to Fight

    There’s still some unawareness / confusion surrounding the new U2F rules that have come in to force. The AFF has a good summary of the changes and the new rules here: https://www.ausfencing.org/wp-content/uploads/Updated-Unwillingness-to-Fight-Non-Combativity-Rules.pdf

    Absence of Spare Weapon or Bodywire (t.117)

    t.117 states: "The fencers must arrive on the piste, to fence their bouts, with two weapons (one as a spare), two bodywires (one as a spare) and two mask wires (one as a spare) which satisfy the regulations and are in perfect working order (cf. t.71, t.158-162, t.165, t.170).”

    It has been observed that many fencers at Fencing SA competitions, across all categories and age levels, have been arriving at the piste without the required spare equipment and then having to leave the piste to get their spare equipment from their bag. This creates unnecessary delay to the running of the competition and is unfair to the waiting opponent. As this has been happening a lot more frequently, referees will be cracking down on this behaviour and immediately applying the appropriate penalties, regardless of competition category or age level. The penalties are yellow card for the first offence, followed by a red card for the second and subsequent offences in the same bout. If you are a coach or club official involved in equipping your juniors for competitions, please ensure that they are aware of the need to have spare equipment with them.

    Dressing or Undressing on the Piste (t.116)

    t.116 states: "Under no circumstances should the fencers dress or undress in public except in the case of an accident duly recognised by the doctor on duty or by the representative of the Medical Commission (cf. t.126, t.158-162, t.165, t.170.).”

    This means that fencers must present on the piste when called ready to fence. Conversely, fencers must not start removing  their equipment while still on the piste. This does not include masks, which are covered separately by t.125. It has been noticed that many intermediate and senior fencers are increasingly arriving on the piste while still putting their equipment such as their jacket, lame, glove, etc on. This creates unnecessary delay to the running of the competition and is unfair to the waiting opponent. Referees will also be cracking down on this behaviour and immediately applying the appropriate penalties, regardless of competition category or age level. The penalties are yellow card for the first offence, followed by a red card for the second and subsequent offences in the same bout.

  • 2023-02-26 15:18 | Anonymous

    Registrations are open for the 2023 Refereeing Course, 25 and 26 March, being delivered by Darren Ferguson. 

    The course will cover epee and foil - with an option for Saturday for an introduction to refereeing, and epee; or signing up for the full weekend to learn foil as well. 

    $20 for Saturday only, $35 for the full weekend. 

    Click here for more information and to sign up. 

  • 2023-02-14 20:48 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Jenny Cassidy, who received Life Membership of Fencing SA at the Awards Presentation in February 2023. 

    Jenny has been fencing for 40 years, having started at Daws Road High School in 1973, In addition to competing, she also involved herself in fencing administration at club, state and national level. 

    in 1993 she received her FIE C Grade referee qualification in foil, epee and sabre - the first woman in the world to be accredited in all three weapons, and the first female FIE accredited sabre referee.  

    She was the inaugural President of Trott Park Fencing Club 2004-2008, and is a Life Member of that club and the Adelaide University Fencing Club. 

    Jenny continues to coach and spread her love of fencing, last year piloting the AUSFENCE program in South Australian primary schools. 

    Jenny is an extremely well-deserving recipient of Life Membership, and you can read all her achievements here

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