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2018-04-10 12:33 - AFC1 - Brisbane
Posted by adminmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaA reminder to all those that have entered AFC1 - Brisbane, you must be affiliated to FeNZ to be able to fence if you are registering as a New Zealander.

Click on membership in the Menu on this FeNZ website

2018-04-09 06:07 - Australian National Cadet and u15 Championship - Team Manager
Posted by adminmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaNominations are called for a team manager for the Australian National Cadet and u15 championship to take place from 11 to 15 July 2018 in Sydney.

Nominations will close on 20th April 2018.

Apply to

2018-04-09 06:01 - Australian National Cadet and u15 Championship
Posted by adminmore from same (Australia)
AustraliaNominations are called for Fencers for the Australian National Cadet and u15 championship to take place from 11 to 15 July 2018 in Sydney.

Nominations will close on 24th April 2018.

Apply on the standard FeNZ nomination form found on the FeNZ website (Download / Forms) and sent to

2018-04-04 14:07 - Commonwealth Cadet & Junior Team announcement
Posted by adminmore from same (International)
InternationalCongratulations to the following fencers who will be representing NZ at the Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Fencing Championship 2018 in Newcastle, England in July 2018

Boys Epee
- James Butler
- Charlie Bioletti
- Peter Fish (provisional)

Girls Epee
- Sophia Tweedle
-Abigail Reynolds
-Amika Smith (Amey)

Boys Foil
- Oliver Zou
- Thomas Hoskin
- Frederick Hopkins
- Thomas Johnstone
- Peter Fish (provisional)

Girls Foil
- Lena Jacob
- Chantelle May
- Naomi Holland (provisional)
- Imogen Everett (provisional)
- Hannah Irwin

Mens Epee
- Liam James
- James Harwood
- Louis Jennings
- Isaac Rushcolme Cobb
- Ross Shepherd

Womens Epee
- Jessica Gracie
- Sophia Tweedle
- Abigail Reynolds
- Amika Smith (Amey)   

Mens Foil
- Thomas Hoskin   
- Frederick Hopkins   
- Thomas Johnstone   
- Oliver Zou   
- Peter Fish (provisional)   

Womens Foil
- Lena Jacob
- Chantelle May
- Hannah Irwin
- Naomi Holland (provisional)
- Imogen Everett (provisional)

non travelling reserve
- Matthew Valkenburg (Mens Junior Epee)
- John Macnaughtan (Boys Cadet Foil)

The Team Manager will be in touch with you all by the end of next week.

2018-03-30 10:35 - Epee Level 1 Coaching Course
Posted by adminmore from same (Oceania Zone)
 It has been confirmed that Oceania Development Officer Leon Thomas will be running a two weekend epee coaching course in Auckland on consecutive weekends on 27th - 29th April and 4th - 6th May.

The two weekends will cover the Level One Technical Courses which are part of Fencing New Zealand's new coach accreditation scheme. Level One has two technical components: the first, Group coaching skills covers general class management, planning and delivery of fencing basics in group lessons; the second Individual Lesson (Epee) teaches weapon-specific technical skills required in giving individual lessons to athletes. These courses are usually taught as separate events, but for this course are being combined so that all elements of Level One Technical coaching will be covered. Each component (Group and Individual) concludes with a practical assessment where you will be able to demonstrate your practical coaching skills.

There are a maximum of 14 places available and I am now looking to create a register of interested individuals. Given the limited places available, once we have your expression of interest, we will be calling for more formal applications for final places on the course.

This is an amazing opportunity to learn from Leon and to gain the necessary experience to kick start your formal learning.  Leon is a well-respected Aussie (we don't hold that against him) who has spent the last couple of year starting up new coaching federations around Oceania.  He has run previous foil and epee coaching courses around NZ.

The course will be held over two weekends, starting at 6pm on the Fridays and finishing at 5pm on Sundays.
The course will educate you on how to be a better coach and remind you of the skills you need for your own fencing.

Epee has grown great strides in Auckland in recent years with both Kyle & Mary having benefited from intensive coaching courses. There are now a growing number of opportunities to further grow the number of epee fencers with the view of gaining paid casual work for qualified coaches.  This has already happened at Auckland Swords.

It is expected that there will be a small cost for this education course, and I'm sorry we don't have those details at the moment, but I thought it best to get the information out there, given the short time frames.  We have some funding available and we will let you know full costs as soon as we have worked them out, as we are exploring other opportunities.

I am coordinating billeting for those out of town participants that may include coach candidates from other Oceanic regions.  If you need or can offer billeting then please include in your registration of interest.

Please register at

Kyle Macdonald

2018-03-27 16:53 - Updated decision on Women participating in Men's Events
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZThe Board would like to offer our top female fencers more competition to help prepare for the upcoming Commonwealth Cadet, Junior, Open and Veteran Championships. While the Board acknowledges that there are differing opinions on the effectiveness of this approach, it has agreed to a trial period for a scheme as outlined below.

This decision will be reviewed in December 2018, or earlier if deemed necessary. The initiative applies to events not currently run as mixed events.

Criteria for female fencers participating in FeNZ Menís tournaments (all weapons):
1.    Fencers will be selected by FeNZ selectors and invited to be part of the scheme.
2.    Participation if selected, is not compulsory.
3.    Fencers not selected may apply to selectors to be considered for invitation to identified Menís events.
4.    Prior to competing in a Menís event, an under 18 female fencer must present written permission from their coach and a parent or guardian to the DT.
5.    U15, Cadet and Junior female fencers may be selected to fence in Menís junior events but not open Menís events, even though they may fence in open female events.
6.    A fencerís continuation in the scheme will be assessed by FeNZ selectors after each event.
7.    Females taking part in a Menís event will not receive ranking points from this event.
8.    Any female fencing in the menís event must also fence in the corresponding womanís event.


2018-03-17 18:32 - Nominations for Managers and Coaches for CJCFC 2018
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (International)
InternationalApplications are called for a Manager and Coaches for a team of Cadet and Junior fencers attending the Commonwealth Cadet and Junior Commonwealth Championships, to be held in Newcastle, England from Monday 23rd July to Monday 30th July (team will be required to be there a few days earlier).
Information on the tournament can be found on

Applications close on 27th March 2018

Please email for further information.

2018-03-16 09:15 - Asian Zone Championships 2018 - Selected athletes
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (International)
InternationalCongratulations to the athletes who have been selected to fence at the Asian Zone Championships in 2018.

William Bishop - Epee
Anna Chalton - Epee
Hamish Bulmer - Sabre
Adam Burrough - Sabre
Daniel Keleghan (Provisional) - Foil
Matthew Baker (Provisional) - Epee

2018-03-06 20:39 - Commonwealth Cadet & Junior Championships
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZNominations are called for the Commonwealth Cadet and Junior Championships to take place from 23 to 30 July 2018 in Newcastle, England.

Nominations will close on 18th March 2018.

Selection Criteria:
The Selectors will take into account the short notification period for this tournament.The Selection Policy 2017, Section 1.5 (Cadet) & Section 2.5 (Juniors) published on the FeNZ website (See download documents), is to be followed with the following caveats:

1) Non participation in compulsory events may not be a reason for non-selection.
2) The Tier 3 requirement to have 2 more years to fence at that category will be ignored.
3) The selection period will extend back over the last 12 months from the closing date of 18th March, taking into account that the stated " least two of the following..." required events may not have been attended.

The selectors can select up to a maximum of Five fencers per weapon per gender.

We encourage you to look at the minimum Tier 3 points required and talk to your coach about your eligibility to nominate and be selected.

Apply on the standard FeNZ nomination form found on the FeNZ website (Download / Forms) and sent to

2018-03-06 20:32 - Mixed Events - Commonwealth Preparation
Posted by HopkinsAmanmore from same (FeNZ)
FeNZAfter receiving feedback on its February decision to trial mixed (male and female) events at national competitions in 2018, the FeNZ Board has decided to postpone introducing the trial.  The FeNZ Board remains committed to giving female fencers opportunities to gain more competitive experience domestically but acknowledges the legitimate concerns raised.

Certain aspects of the trial have to be worked through further to ensure the safety and welfare of all participating fencers as well as understanding and minimising the impact on ranking points and potential selections.  Given that the initiative was aimed at helping female fencers prepare for important international competitions later this year, the Board will undertake its consultation and review with urgency, to allow a revised proposal to be considered at the Boardís next meeting on 1 April.

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