At its October meeting, the FeNZ Board appointed its first Safety Officer, Neil Young of Auckland. As a fencer still competing, an active referee and a coach, Neil with his personal skills and knowledge is ideally placed to lead our safety programme and educational initiatives. His role, as a member of the Officiating Commission, will develop over time, but initially he will focus on:
Implementation of the FeNZ safety policy (available under ‘Downloads’ on this website) at national and regional tournaments; Receiving and monitoring Safety incident reports from competition organisers and first aid officials; Recommending refereeing or coaching initiatives to better mitigate against fencing injuries; Reviewing and advising the Board on new equipment regulations notified; Working through regional safety officers, to encourage safe practices in club events, training and coaching activities; Circulating safety education and guidance material to athletes, coaches and referees.
A particular injury concern from the past season has been the increased number of concussion and head injury incidents. More information about avoiding bodily collisions and impact to the head region will be issued in the near future.
Congratulations Neil. We all need to support and work with Neil, helping make our sport safe and enjoyable for all fencers.
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