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.
The WVFA Welsh Regional Team for the Veteran Winton Cup to be held in Lilleshall on the weekend of 23rd & 24th September 2017 are:
MF: Simon Hedges, Ceri Richards, Richard Thomas, Kel Brundle.
ME: Nick Lee (Sunday only), Rob Brooks, Paul Cooper, Mark Robertson.
MS: Neil Bowd, James Selby, David Terrar
WF: Marion Thomas, Lyn Robinson, Catherine Fisher.
WE: Catherine Bowd, Pam Fairweather, Rose Gregory (Sat only), Clare King (Sunday).
WS: Patricia Shepherd-Foster, Clare King(Sat only), Gillian Aghajan (Sat only)
Team Manager: Dawn Brundle.
There are places available for the Gala dinner, please see Marcia on the weekend, the choice is now limited to soup, chicken and cheesecake.
Welsh Veterans Fencing Championship October 7th & 8th 2017.
This years Championship will be held in Wrexham and hosted by Mark Robertson.
The venue is Clywedog Sports Centre, Ruthin Road, Wrexham, LL13 7UB
Schedule:- Timings are approximate, as we are aware that some competitors will wish to enter multiple events.
Entries on the day will be accepted.
Saturday 7th October:
Mens Sabre:- Check in closes 09:00 for a 09:30 start
Women's Foil:- Check in closes 09:30 for a 10:00 start
Mens Foil:- Check in closes 12:30 for a 13:00 start
Womens Sabre:- Check in closes 12:30 for a 13:00 start
Sunday 8th October:
Mens & Womens Epee:- Check in closes 09:30 for a 10:00 start
WVFA Nationals Competition format rules:
The format for the competition is as agreed by members at the AGM 2013:
≤ 8 fencers single poule + DE
9-17 fencers poule unique (using the Team members format)
≤ 18 fencers 1 round of poules + DE
There will not be a fight off for 3rd/4th place. They will be treated as joint 3rd and will each receive medals.
Will current holders of the individual Trophies and the Master of Arms trophies, please ensure they are returned to the event.
The WVFA AGM will be held on Saturday 7th October at 6.30pm to be followed by Gala Dinner at:
Ramada Plaza Wrexham
Accommodation can be booked at the hotel and some rooms have been reserved at £85.00 for a Single room and £95.00 for a Twin/Double room, mention Fencing when booking.
The menu for the Gala Dinner (Cost is 20.00 per person)is a choice from:-
Potato, Leek and Onion Soup with Crispy Croutons and Snipped Olives
Smooth Brussels Pate, Red Onion Chutney, Breadcrisps
Creamed Garlic Mushrooms with Toasted Garlic Ciabatta
Roasted Chicken Fillet with Smoked Bacon and Baby Onion Veloutte
Roast Loin of Pork, Rustic Apple Compote and Mustard Infused Gravy
Steamed Salmon, Buttered New Potatoes, Steamed Green Beans and Hollandaise Sauce
Tortellin(V), Four Cheese and Tomato Sauce with Parmesan and Rocket
ALL SERVED WITH SEASONAL VEGETABLES OF THE DAY AND ROAST POTATOES
Cream Filled Profiteroles, Milk Chocolate Sauce, White Chocolate Shavings and Dark Chocolate Soil
Baked Vanilla Cheesecake, Mango and Lime Salsa, Minted Syrup and Chantilly Cream
Sticky Date Pudding, Vanilla Infused Ice Cream, Honeycombe and Sugared Dates
TEA and COFFEE
Entry and payment can be made via Paypal, BACS or cheque using the entry form.
For the Paypal option, select your weapon choice, then "Add to cart", then select "continue shopping" to add your meal. Please remember to add your menu choices to the "Instructions to Merchant" at checkout. If that option does not appear please email your choices to Mike.
This competition is open to all members of Welsh Fencing who are of veteran age, 40 years and older in the year the competition takes place. You do not need a full compete license as WVFA has its own insurance to cover this competition.
Novice trophy: Please indicate on your entry form, (in the note to seller if using Paypal) if you are a NOVICE fencer, with 2 years or less fencing experience, novice does not include those who have fenced previously and have returned to fencing after a hiatus.
Entry List will be updated regularly.
The Commonwealth Fencing Veteran Championships is for fencers aged 40 and above, and has been held every two years since 1959. After the 2009 event, the Championships will be changing from odd-numbered to even-numbered years (as agreed in the 2007 Meeting of the Association).
The next Commonwealth Fencing Championships (Senior and Veterans) in Canberra in November 2018.
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 to 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 upsets 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.
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.
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.