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.
Subscription is due on January 1st and is valid through to December 31st.
Membership is open to Men and Women aged 40 or over or who become 40 in the current calendar year Your membership will start when we have received payment.
Your details will be held on a computer database and will be used by WVFA to send information to you about fencing matters.
Your details will not be passed to a third party.
Please see the Policy section.
Membership of the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association is subject to the current criteria:
Born in/ Parent(s) Grandparent(s) born in Wales.
Current Resident/past residency in Wales for a minimum of 2 years continuously. (Must be supported by electoral registry)
Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships: - please see the Veteran's Commonwealth page.
Have a minimum of recreational/ full compete British Fencing membership. Apply through British Fencing.
Current membership of the WVFA.
Veterans fencing is subdivided into the following age categories:
Cat 1: 40 - 49 Cat 2: 50-59 Cat 3: 60-69 Cat 4: 70-79 : Grand Veterans
Members are tactfully reminded that they should indicate Wales as their Region and Country on their BVF & BF membership applications and renewals.
If not indicated, this will mean that you will be unable to represent Wales for the Welsh Veterans (or even Seniors) at Regional (Vets Winton), National (Home Nations) or International level (Commonwealths).
Check current status with the appropriate membership body and alter accordingly.
Please put Welsh Veterans as one of your subsidiary clubs.
Renewals can be made at any time of the year.
Annual BVF membership 1st Jan - 31st Dec - Cost £15; Compete BF license is required to fence in BVF organised events, Age Groups, BVF Championships, Veterans Winton, European and World championships.
Annual WVFA membership 1st Jan - 31st Dec - Cost £15
BF membership- Compete membership is required to compete at Opens, BVF events, European, World & Commonwealth events.
FIE membership is also required to compete at cerrtain events, e,g, Commonwealths.
Please cancel any standing order/direct debit payments to the old WVFA account as we are in the process of having a new account and cannot access the old account.
Please complete and forward the WV membership form (not the SO attached) and forward to the membership secretary as when New standing order/direct debit mandates will be available online soon they can then be completed.
Cognac 2019 European Veteran Championship results:
A number of Welsh Veterans journeyed to Cognac, France, to compete in the European Veteran Individual Championships against fencers from around Europe from 22nd May to 2nd June during one of the hottest weeks of the year.
Special mention goes to Gillian Aghajan acting tirelessly as Team Manger and GBR Delegation official and unofficial photographer.
Results as follows:
WF Cat 2: Marion Thomas 20th WF: Cat 4: Margaret Myers 6th WF Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 17th
WE: Cat 2: Catherine Bowd 80th WE: Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 45th WE: Cat 4: Margaret Myers 9th
WE: Cat 4: Patricia Shepherd-Foster 12th
WS: Cat 3: Lyn Robinson 17th WS: Cat 4: Patricia Shepherd-Foster 6th
MS: Cat 2: Neil Bowd 50th MS: Cat 3: Carl Morris 20th
ME: Cat 3: Rob Brooks 93rd ME: Cat 4: Robin Davenport 17th ME: Cat 5: Rob Phelps 19th
Held over 3 days at the Manchester Fencing Centre, a small cadre of WVFA Members competed at the BVF Championships, with Catherine Bowd and Neil Bowd (Celtic Fencing Club) celebrating their double 12th places: Cath in the Women's epee and Neil in the Men's sabre. No arguments in their house.....
WF: Marion Thomas Bronze
MS: Ceri Thomas 6th and Highest placed Cat 2 Age group medallist.
MS: Carl Morris 30th
ME: Rob Brooks 21st
ME: David Victory 37th
ME: Paul Cooper 38th
ME: Rikki Howdle 42nd
WE: Margaret Myers 23rd
WS: Margaret Myers 19th
WF: Margaret Myers 17th
WS: Lyn Robinson 17th
BVF Age Groups: Leon Paul Center March 2019.
Congratulations to all the Welsh Vets attending the BVF age groups on their results.
Marion Thomas Gold Cat 2 WF
Ceri Thomas Silver Cat 2 MS,
Carl Morris Bronze Cat 3 MS,
Robin Davenport Bronze Cat 4 ME,
Margaret Myers Bronze Cat 4 WS also 4th WE & 5th WF.
Anna Hollingberry Gold Cat 1 (Our latest and youngest member) WS,
David Victory Silver Cat 1 MF (Also a new member), also 7th ME & 5th MS;
Just missing out on the medals as the age groups do not award joint Bronze
Neil Bowd 4th Cat 2 MS (3 indicators!),
Catherine Bowd 4th Cat 2 WE,
Lyn Robinson 4th Cat 3 WS,
Rob Phelps 4th Cat 4 ME,
ME Cat 3 Rob Brooks 8th
ME Cat 3: Richard Howdle (Rikki) 10th,
Patricia Shepherd-Foster5th WS, 7th WE,
David Thomas MF 13th...
not a bad day at the office everyone, and last but by no means least to Mike Robinson on manning DT with John Mason & John Crouch, well done.
A smaller number of experienced and newer fencers of veteran age competed at the Welsh Fencing Closed Individual Championships in March 2019 acquitting themselves well against the younger Welsh competitors.
New WVFA member David Victory, ME 6th and the "Best Vet"
Pam Fairweather, WE 8th and "Best Vet"
Nigel Betterton, MF 7th and "Best Vet"
Kel Brundle, MF 9th.
New WVFA member Simon Ashley, MS 6th and "Best Vet"
David Terrarr, MS 10th
New member Matt Russell, MS 12th
WVFA entered teams in all weapons for the Welsh Fencing Team event on Sunday 27th January 2019.
It was a day of fun, laughter, fencing and well deserved medals for the Welsh Veteran members who were part of most of the teams at the WF Team event and performed well against the youth and vigour of the younger generations, gaining a lot of respect from the younger generation.
Last minute work commitments and illness necessitated altering some teams, members of those teams were missed.
Results: Welsh Vets Teams
WE: WVFA 1: Clare King, Catherine Bowd, Pamela Fairweather.Bronze
WE: WVFA 2: Angela Jackson, Saskia Russell, Andrea Steele 4th.
WE: WVFA 3: Meg Shepherd-Foster, Isobel Martin, Amelie Russell Silver
WS: WVFA 1: Emma Waller, Lisa DeLuca, Pat Shepherd-Foster, the only WS sabre in the event they fought valiently against the other teams of MS.
MS: WVFA 1: Neil Bowd, Ceri Thomas, James Longton, Silver
MS: WVFA 2: James Selby, David Terrar, Steve Ellwood
ME: Mold/WVFA 1: Jeff Conover, Peter Davies, Richie Roberts, Ken Roberts Bronze
ME: WVFA 2: Neale Thomas, Rupert Nute, Rob Brooks. Gold
MF: WVFA 1: Kel Brundle, Nigel Betterton, Celyn Lewis Bronze
MF: WVFA 2 (The Grand Veterans): William David Thomas, Glyn Davies, Eddie Cooper.8th
Teams from other clubs with Welsh Vets members:
ME: Cardiff, Silver, ME: Aberystwyth 4th
MF:Gwent A, Silver, Gwent D, 6th, Gwent D,7th
WF: Gwent A, Silver Cardiff, Bronze
MS: Cardiff A & Cardiff B Bronze
Some images from the weekend..Thankyou to all who gave permission for these to be used.
Important Notice regarding First Aid and Welfare at Competitions.
Please note that First Aiders and designated Event Welfare Officers must be available and easily identifiable at all competitions.
All injuries should be reported to the British Fencing Medical Officer: Clare Halsted.
Incidences involving welfare issues should be reported in the first instance to the Welsh Fencing Regional Welfare Officer: Tania Craig and also to the British Fencing Welfare Officer: Liz Benkhe.