Whether you're a recent recruit to the sport or a seasoned fencer; Welsh Veteran Fencing Association is delighted to welcome you to our growing ranks.
We are sure that you will have a very positive experience fencing for the Welsh Veterans in our annual Welsh Veterans Championships; competing for one of the places on the Welsh Veteran Regional or National Veteran Teams. Enjoying the banter between the regions during the exhausting, but exhilarating, two day regional annual Veterans Winton Cup event. Competing in the hard fought, but none-the-less friendly rivalry against the Scots, Irish and English Teams at the Annual Veterans Home Nations. Competing for Wales at the Celtic Challenge, as an individual and part of the team, which takes place every two years and at the Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships, as an individual and gaining a place in the team event, which also take place every two years. Many of our Welsh Veterans represent GBR at the World and European Fencing championships and are serious competitors on the Senior fencing circuit.
Fun, Friendship and Fencing, what more could you ask for.
We hope to welcome you into the growing ranks of the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association.
Further details on these competitions can be found on the Competitions page.
Please go to the Membership page where you can download a membership application form and standing order mandate.
Although WVFA membership runs from 1st October to 30th September, you are able to join at any time.
NB: You must also be a member of British Veterans Fencing in order to be eligible for the Winton, Home Nations, BVA Championships, BVA age groups, European and World Championships as well as the Veterans Commonwealth competitions . If your membership has lapsed please renew ASAP.
Congratulations to the following Welsh Veterans who have been selected to represent GBR in Maribor, Slovenia in October 2017.
ME: Robin Davenport
MS: Carl Morris
WF & WE: Margaret Myers
WS: Patricia Shepherd-Foster
We wish you all the very best of luck.
Congratulations to the following Welsh Veteran fencers on their success at the Individual European Championships, Chiavari, Italy, under the Team Management of Gillian Aghajan.
Margaret Myers: 70+ WF: Bronze 70+ WE 7th
Carl Morris: 60-69 MS: 14th
Rob Phelps: 75+ ME: 5th
Rob Brooks: 60-69 ME: 72nd
Janet Baron: 60-69 WE: 34th
The Veterans Commonwealth fencing championship 2018 is due to be held on the Gold Coast of Australia.
Further details will be posted as they become available.
Discussion will take place at the AGM in Wrexham (Oct 2017) as to the amount of sponsorship WVFA will be able to give in support of any Welsh Veteran fencer(s) attending the event.
N.B: Any fencer who is considering competing at the event and is unsure if they meet the Welsh Commonwealth criteria should contact the secreatry of WVFA Mike Robinson at email@example.com who will forward your Appeal application to the Commonwealth Appeals panel. This is usually a lengthy process so please send completed forms as soon as possible, either by email (as an attachment) or by snail mail to;
Mike Robinson, 26 Cora Street, Barry, Vale of Glamorgan, CF63 4EP.
Many thanks to those who have already sent in documentation, it has been forwarded to the Commonwealth Appeals panel.
Celtic Challenge 2017: 29th & 30th July.
Results and weekend round-up.
On behalf of the Welsh Veterans I'd like to thank everyone who was involved in the Veterans Celtic Challenge: volunteers (Kirsty, Deb, Dawn on check in and refreshment duty- wonderful ).
Referees Adrian Speakman, Alex Savin, Peter Huggins, Jen & Glen Sancroft, Anne & Jon Dawkins, Ev Van Gemmeren, Celyn Lewis, Hugh Kocan and Owen Edwards, Adam Waller, Peter Baron.
Event Manager Elinor Robinson, DT Mike and Phil, who kept the event moving and our ever wonderful armourer, Nigel.
Also to the excellent collaboration and support of the clubs in Wales, pulling together loan and to lay pistes, set out scoring sets.
Finally to ALL the competitors from all over the Celtic countries, to those from Galacia, Switzerland and Croatia (ex pats), Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall without whose participation this event could not happen.
We missed our compatriots from the Isle of Man, Britanny and the Channel Islands who were unable to participate this year.
As well as some very seasoned veterans, some having fenced in past Olympics, World and European Championships at Senior and Veteran level, the event welcomed competitors new to fencing and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves aquitting themselves with style.
Saturday: Throughout the weekend the camaraderie between everyone was a high point as was the standard of fencing; with some extremely close bouts in the DE stages, and some usets in the standings when a higher placed seed went out to a lower placed seed. The fencing became even closer when we got down to the quarter, semi and finals, with many of the bouts being won by only one ot two points.
The women's foil final between Marion Thomas (WAL) and Jo Cook (SCO), Marion took an early lead, with Jo winning back point after point to eventually take the title 10-8.
The Men's foil final was equally exciting with Mike McKAy (SCO) against old friend and rival Philip Lee (IRE), both using the full length of the piste with exhuberance and a fine display of technical fencing, with Mike just edging Philip out of the first place position.
The women's sabre saw seasoned veteran Sue Benney(COR) contentesting the final against fellow Cornwall team member Margaret McWilliams, with Margaret taking the first place.
In the men's sabre final, those two canny Welsh and Scots, Carl Morris and Keith Davidson thrilled us with their expertise, with Carl just edging into the lead against Keith.
Overnight standings at the close of play on Saturday evening placing Cornwall and Scotland leading the way in the "Dragon points" - followed by Wales, Ireland and Galacia.
Saturday evening: A very entertaining evening at Cardiff Castle, with a traditional Welsh banquet and entertainment, the men looking resplendent in Welsh and Scottish kilts respecively, and some of the ladies in Celtic costume, an impromtu raffle was held and the funds donated to Ev Van Gemmeren for the Alzheimeer trust and to Macmillan Cancer care.
Sunday: With everything to play for, the overall winner of the Dragon trophy would be decided by the results of the men's and women's epee.
An exciting women's final bout with Cath Walker (WAL) and Rosa Maria Cano Diosa (GAL) had us on the edge of our seats as they went point for point to reach 9-9, the bout had to go to extra time, with Cath gaining prioty, then as both ladies attacked there was one light - Cath Walker gaining the point as Rosa's point slid past her oppenents arm. Allowing a Welsh win.
Men's epee provided an upset in the semi's with number one seed, Nick Lee (WAL) being edged out by the explosive style of Duncan Salter (IRE)
In a very exciting final, with Cornwall's Keith Barnett , having stormed through the poules and DE's meeting Duncan for the final, with Keith taking an early lead and although Duncan fought back , whittling away at Keith's lead it wasn't enough to take the fisrt place from Keith.
A few minutes lapsed whilst DT calculated the total of the Dragon points, and it came as a complete surprise to Wales Clan Chieftain, Lyn Robinson, that Wales just edged into the lead to retain the Dragon trophy for 2017 as she cried accepting the trophy on bahalf of the Welsh - the trophy will now be wending it's way around the Welsh team, but will be back in time for the 2019 championship challenge.
Individual Celtic Champions:
MF: 1st: Mike Mckay (SCO), 2nd, Philip Lee (IRE), 3rd: Duncan Salter (IRE), Mike McEwan (SCO)
MS: 1st: Carl Morris (WAL), 2nd, Keith Davidson (SCO), 3rd: Keith Rogerson (COR), Keith Barnett (COR)
ME: 1st, Keith BArnett (COR), 2nd Duncan Salter (IRE), 3rd; Nathan Miller (COR) Nick Lee (WAL)
WF: 1st Jo Cook (SCO), 2nd MArion Thomas (WAL) 3rd: Rosa Maria Cano Diosa (GAL), Jenny Morris (WAL)
WS: 1st Margaret McWilliams (COR), 2nd Sue Benney (COR), 3rd: MIchelle NArey (SCO) Emma Waller (WAL)
WE; 1st Cath Walker (WAL), 2nd Rosa Maria Cano Diosa (GAL), 3rd: Annalise Mion (IRE) Jenny Morris (WAL)
MF: Scotland, MS: Cornwall, ME: Wales
WF: Wales, WS: Cornwall, WE: Wales
Cornwall & Scotland : Joint Second
Celtic Challenge 2019:
There will be a need to "iron out" a few wrinkles in the rules (as discussed) and these will be in consultation with the Clan Chieftains and led by the Cornish Clan Chief.
Congratulatons to the the following Welsh Veterans who attended the BVF Championships at the Manchester Fencing Centre, Oldham on the weekend of 4th & 5th March, if gaining a Gold or Silver in Cat 2,3,4 they secured their places on the GB squad for the World Championships in October.
Cat 4 ME: Gold: Robin Davenport.
Cat 3 MS: Gold: Carl Morris.
Cat 4 WE; Silver, Margaret Myers. Bronze: Pat Shepherd-Foster
Cat 4 WF: Gold, Margaret Myers.
Cat 4 WS: Silver Pat Shepherd-Foster.
Cat 1: WS: Bronze Emma Waller
Congratulations to other Welsh veterans who competed at the BVF championships this weekend.
Cat 4: ME 7th Rob Phelps
Cat 1: MS 6th Jim Crawfurd, 7th James Selby
Cat 1: ME Jim Crawfurd 12th
Cat 1: MF 6th Simon Hedges
Cat 2: MF Mark Robertson 21st ME: MArk Robertson 15th
Cat 3: ME Rikki Howdle 16th
Cat 2: WS: Lyn Robinson 7th
Special thanks go to Dave Taylor, Mike Swiffin and Stuart Marshall, Kian Ryan and all the Manchester fencing volunteers for all their hard work in making the event a success. Also to Mike Robinson who assisted throughout the weekend on DT, to Lyn Robinson and Mike & Mavis Thornton for reffing throughout the weekend and to Gillian Aghajan and the BVF comitte for organising the event.
Thanks to all who have noticed errors and brought them to our attention for revision, apologies to all for any ommissions.
Important Notice regarding First Aid and Welfare at Competitions.
Please note that First Aid be available at all competitions and the nominated First Aider be easily recognisable.
All injuries should be reported to the British Fencing Medical Officer: Clare Halsted.
A welfare officer should also be identified at the competition and any incidences that involve welfare issues be reported in the first instance to the Welsh Fencing Regional Welfare Officer: Jayne Clays and als to the British Fencing Welfare Officer: Liz Benkhe.
Home Nations 2017.
Hosted by Ireland Fencing on the weekend of 5th May.
We would like to thank the Irish as again they demonstrated their hospitality by providing a great day of fencing and fun, and a very convivial evenings entertainment and Gala dinner at the Royal Marine yacht club.
The event took place on Saturday 6th May and the Welsh demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing circumstance by fencing in unfamiliar weapon categories to field full teams, and stepping in at the last minute to replace team-mates who were unable to attend.
England again retained the Justin Smith Trophy, with Scotland taking second place and Ireland third.
Although Wales came 4th, there were very close matches in all the wepaons, with Wales just being beaten.
Congratulations to the MS team who took Bronze and in a close finish, all coming down to indicators to see which country had gold, silver or bronze, the ME team taking Bronze - 6 indicators being all that separated the gold from the bronze.
Team Manager: Gillian Aghajan
MF: Kel Brundle, William David Thomas, Mark Robertson..
ME: Jeff Conover, Nick Lee, Peter Davies,
MS: James Selby, Jeff Conover, Peter Davies.
WF: Margaret Myers, Catherine Fisher, Marion Thomas.
WE: Pam Fairweather, Isobel Martin, Marion Thomas, Margaret Myers.
WS: Lyn Robinson, Pat Shepherd-Foster, Pam Fairweather.
The competition dates were 17 - 20 November 2016, in Christchurch. Fencing New Zealand hosted veterans from all over the Commonwealth to this event.
Wales were ably represented at this event by Mark Robertson and Simon Thompson in MF and ME. Congratulations to both on their results.
Mark will be giving a report on the Commonwealths when he is fully recovered from his sojourn in NZ, where in addition to fencing he fulfilled a life long ambition to trek around the entire country.
Mark Robertson (Cat B) MF: 13th ME:7thCat B, 23rd out of 55 in the combined age categories.
Simon Thompson (Cat B) ME: 19th in the Cat B, 49th in the combined age categories.
Congratulations to the following Welsh Veteran fencers who competed for GB at the World Championships, in October in Straslund, Germany, under the watchful eye of our own Gillian Aghajan as Team Manager.:
Robin Davenport (ME Cat C);7th
Rob Phelps(ME Cat C): 24th
Carl Morris(MS Cat B) 24th
Patricia Shepherd-Foster (WE & WS) Team Bronze in WS, placing 7th in the Individual Cat C WS and 20th in the individual WE