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2019-07-03 13:48 - Calls for Expressions of Interest in joining FeNZ Commissions
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZThe Board of Fencing NZ is calling for expressions of interest from those wishing to sit on the four FeNZ Commissions. The Commissions have a Board appointed chair as below:

Officiating Commission – Chair Nicola Shackleton
Coaching Commission – Chair Dave Barson
Athlete’s Commission – Chair Alice Boyd
FeNZ Selectors – Chair Kyle Macdonald

To be eligible for consideration you must be at least an associate member of Fencing New Zealand and in line with FIE rules, a minimum of 30% female members is required.  Applicants should state which commission(s) they wish to be considered for and provide a summary of their experience and qualifications to support their application.

A copy of the Commission terms of reference are available on request.

In addition to the administrative seats on each Commission, expressions of interest for working at an operational regional and national level with the respective commissions are also sought.

Please register your interest via  secretary@fencing.org.nz by 15th July 2019
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2019-06-26 13:27 - Australian U15/Cadet Nationals 2019
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaOur team travelling to the 2019 Australian National U15 and Cadet Championships:

Leon Cui, Jonathon Greensill, Cooper Gauge, Jasper Lonsdale, Sam Dixon, Eden Pidgeon, Lucas Ward, Vinh Peckler, Peter Fish, Jacob Horne, Thomas Johnstone, Timothy Wong, Theo Harneiss, Andrew Robinson, Alex Holton, Joshua James, Oscar Aynsley, Tom Saran, Lena Jacob, Azaria Eddy, Naomi Holland, Cecily Holland, Chantelle May, Corey Symon, Ryan Stewart and Lauren Murfin.

Team Manager - Robert Gastaldo-Brac. Assistant Team Manager - Michael Wong.
Team Coaches - Kate Brill, Anya Kamynina and Kyle Macdonald.
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2019-06-16 11:15 - President's Cup - 2019 - reminder
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaThe President's Cup and Veterans Epee competition will be held Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th July at the Ara Polytechnic Recreation Centre in Christchurch.
Early registration is encouraged - and remember to book your flights and accommodation! To enter and for information about the tournament go to :
                                https://www.revolutionise.com.au/fencingmidsouth/events/35513/
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2019-06-11 17:47 - AFC#2 Medals from Adelaide...
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaNZ fencers gained an impressive 4 medals over the weekend - Lena Jacob following up on her Gold medal in the U23 Women's Foil with another Gold - this time in the Robyn Chaplin Memorial Women's Open Foil.

Other impressive performances came from Daniel Garelja with a Bronze in the Open Men's Foil and Chantelle May in the U23 Women's foil.

Well done to all the fencers competing in Adelaide with many strong performances.
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2019-06-09 18:03 - Great NZ results in Australia
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaIt is great to see our fencers achieving some impressive results in the AFC2 event in Adelaide yesterday.

Following on from her win in the Australian Under 20’s earlier in the year, one of our most promising young fencers Lena Jacob took out the Under 23 Foil title. Lena beat her Australian rival Mayuri Muralidharan in the final 15 -8. Chantelle May made it two Kiwi’s on the podium, losing narrowly to Muralidharan in a close semi-final. The girls fence again in the Open event on Monday.

In the Men’s Open Foil, Daniel Garelja provided New Zealand’s third medal of the day with a great third place finish, losing to the eventual winner Edward Fitzgerald. This is our first medal in an Australian Open event for some time and a great achievement.

Mary Black also had a good weekend, following on from a 12th place in the Women's Open Epee, she narrowly missing out on a medal in the veterans' event.

On behalf of Fencing New Zealand I would like to congratulate all our fencers and Coach Anya Kamynina whose pupils picked up the three medals.

Mark Rance
President, Fencing New Zealand
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2019-05-20 11:17 - President's Cup - 2019
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZThe President's Cup is in Christchurch this year - 13th and 14th July.

Registrations are now OPEN - through the following link

https://www.revolutionise.com.au/fencingmidsouth/events/35513/
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2019-05-12 11:55 - South Island Champs & National U23 Champs 2019
Posted by fencingsouthmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZFencing South invite you to:

South Island Champs & National U23 Champs 2019
Queen's Birthday Weekend - 1-3 June, Dunedin

Info Sheet: http://tiny.cc/ts1j6y
Entry form: http://tiny.cc/s71j6y
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2019-05-01 10:32 - Women Fencing in Men’s National Championship Events Trial
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZThrough the 2018 calendar year and in the lead up to the Commonwealth Cadet, Junior, Open and Veterans Championships, the Fencing New Zealand Board authorised a trial that gave access to men’s Championship events for some women.

This trial covered all National events from the Cadet age group up.  It allowed females to fence in the male equivalent events providing they also fenced in the equivalent female event at the same competition.  It is important to note that this meant that those females were fencing in a male event, i.e. as distinct from a mixed event. Prior to this, mixed or combined events were only held when low entry numbers resulted in a single sex event not being viable.

The trial was aimed at giving female fencers aiming to fence in that year’s Commonwealth Championships increased competition and was to run only to the end of 2018.

Early this year, a panel was formed to review the trial and to make recommendations to the Fencing New Zealand Board as to whether the trial should be made permanent or extended.

As part of the review process, feedback was sought from the fencing community, with the feedback being evenly split, for and against.  Most of the coach feedback was against females fencing in male events. A key factor highlighted in the feedback was safety for competing athletes.
In addition, consultation was also undertaken with the FIE through the Woman and Fencing Council and Women in Sport Aotearoa.  The recommendation from both was firmly against combined events.
Weighing up all the feedback and evidence, the majority view of, and the recommendation by, the panel was to not continue the practice of opening male Championship events to female competitors.  This was agreed, again by a majority, by the Fencing New Zealand Board at its March meeting.

It should be noted that this decision applies to FeNZ ‘championship events’ (specifically National Championships at all age groups, President’s Cup and North & South Island Championships) and does not preclude mixed events for other Regional or Club competitions.
The Fencing New Zealand Board acknowledges this issue has been quite polarising and it has not taken this decision lightly.  It has reviewed the evidence, sought feedback from the Fencing New Zealand stake holders, and consulted with the FIE and external experts in women’s sport.
It remains committed to developing women’s fencing in New Zealand, as it is fencing in general.  It is also committed to working with the FIE Women and Fencing Council and Women in Sport Aotearoa on any initiatives they believe will benefit the women’s game in New Zealand.

I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this decision-making process, particularly the review panel and especially those who provided feedback.

Mark Rance
President Fencing New Zealand
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2019-04-10 16:25 - Call for Nominations - Australian U15/Cadet Nationals 2019
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaNominations are called for fencers wishing to be selected for the New Zealand Team travelling to Sydney for the Australian National U15 and Cadet Fencing Championships from 5th to 9th July.
This will be a Managed and Coached Team and fencers are required to stay with the New Zealand Team at the Team Accommodation in Sydney - Accommodation to be confirmed by the Team Manager, Robert Gastaldo-Brac.
Fencers wishing to qualify should note that under the Selection Criteria, a Qualifying Performance is a Top 75% finish in the New Zealand National U15 / U17 Championships, or any higher age group championship or NZ Champs, President's Cup, NI or SI Champs within the previous 12 months.
Nomination Forms can be found under the Downloads section of the website, under the Forms tab. Nomination Forms should be sent to secretary@fencing.org.nz by 28th April.
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2019-04-08 17:42 - Strategic Priorities 2019-2020
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZThe Fencing New Zealand Board and Commission heads have been working hard on our 2019 / 20 Strategic Priorities. An external facilitator was engaged and the process included seeking input from the wider fencing community, a full day planning session in Auckland and creation of the final document. The process has redefined Fencing New Zealand’s Purpose, Vision and Values and identified four key focus areas, Leadership and Governance, Operational Capability and Capacity, Sporting Capability and Capacity and Communications & Marketing. A copy of the full document can be found on the website under the Documents menu item under the Downloads section of this website.

Over the next couple of months I intend to get around all the regions to discuss the plan in more detail, and progress against each of the initiatives will be monitored at the monthly board meetings. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow board members, commission heads and the others who have helped pull this together, I believe it is a great starting point on which we can build and take the sport we all love to where we want it to be.

Mark Rance, President Fencing NZ
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