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 January to 31st December, 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, BVA Championships, BVA age groups, European and World Championships as well as the Veterans Commonwealth competitions .
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.
New standing order/direct debit mandates will be available online soon.
The 2019 Celtic Challenge is being hosted by Cornwall on the weekend of 27th - 28th July.
Details as to venue, schedule, cost, accomodation and gala dinner can be found by following the link below.
Please note you are responsible for your own travel, accomodation and entry arrangements, ensuring that kit is fully compliant with current BF rules, you must have a compete license for this event.
As per the agreement at the AGM 2018, entry fees will be subsidised for all Welsh members participating in the event. The subsidy will be applied at the event not prior to it.
The disposition of the "Team" names will be with consultation of the selectors based upon the WVFA members attending the event.
Held at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, hosted by the WVFA on Saturday 6th April 2019, followed ba a Gala dinner at "Y Dosbarth" in the evening with England retaining for the 13th year the "Justin Smith" Veteran Home Nations trophy the final results are as follow.
1st Place: England (22points)
2nd Place: Scotland (16 points)
3rd Place: Wales (12 points)
4th Place: Ireland (10 points)
Men´s Silver medal Sabre Team: Veterans Home Nations 2019.
Winning against Scotland and Ireland and losing only to England, the Welsh Veterans 2019 Men´s sabre team: Neil Bowd (Capt), Carl Morris, Ceri Thomas and Jim Crawfurd (former Gold Sabre Commonwealth individual medalist and Team Sabre Silver).
LadiesSilver Foil Team 2019
The silver place was a close run match against England with Maggie Myers taking priority and then taking the final point with seconds to spare, the team only losing to Scotland.
Team members: Marion Thomas (Capt), Margaret Myers, Catherine Fisher and a wwelcome new addition Allyson Hazell.
Ladies Bronze Sabre Team 2019
A huge thankyou to Marion Thomas and Clare King for stepping into the breech at (literally) the last moments to replace Lyn Robinson and Pat Shepherd-Foster (having to bow out due to illness). The ladies sabre almost acheiving Silver, losing to Sotland by 1 indicator thus taking the Bronze.
Ladies Sabre Team: Emma Waller (Capt) Lisa De Luca, Marion Thomas, Clare King.
Image coming soon.
Men´s Bronze Epee Team 2019.
Close calls for the matches against England and Ireland ment that the Epee team took Team bronze. In the Scottish match it fell to Rob Brooks to claw back point after point after 2 periods of passivity at 25-24(to Wales) to get to 40 - he brought the score to 40 -34 with seconds to spare, giving Jeff Conover a lead to go into the final leg.
Epee team: Jeff Conover (Capt) Peter Davies, Rupert Nute, Rob Brooks.
Men´s Foil Team 2019
If there had been an award for having the most fun throughtout the event this crew would have won gold.
The men´s foil team were highly supportive of each other throughout the event and fought with grit and determination.
Men´s Foil Team: Ceri Richards (Capt), Kel Brundle, Richard Thomas, Nigel Betterton.
WVFA have 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.
Welsh Veterans were represented at the Veterans Commonwealth fencing Championships in Canberra, Australia by a band of five WVFA members, all of whom fenced admirably in the face of stiff opposition from other Commonwealth countries.
Emma Waller with her very well deserved Bronze medal in the Ladies sabre.
Jim Crawfurd: Men´s sabre: 15th
Neale Thomas: Men´s epee: 20th
Emma Waller: Women´s sabre: Bronze
Patricia Shepherd-Foster: Women´s epee: 43, Women´s sabre:21
Lyn Robinson: Women´s foil:7, Women´s epee: 38, Women´s sabre: 18
Women´s sabre team: 4th
Immense thanks go to Jim Crawfurd, doubling up as the Wales Senior Team Manger and the Veterans Team Manager, a sterling performance.
Thanks to all those who supported the veterans who attended.
An expression of interest to host the next Veteran Commonwealthrest has been received by the CFFC for Canada (possibly Vancouver) to host the 2020 Veterean Commonwealth, this will be the age group format. New rules have been ratified by the CFFC committee and at the next event there will be joint team bronze medals, so, Welsh veterans get saving so we can send as many teams as possible to Vancouver.
An expression of interest has also been received from England fencing to host the combined Senior and Veteran Fencing Commonwealths in 2022.
The dates, schedule and venue for the 2019 Individual European Veteran Fencing Championships have been announced, please visit the European Championship Facebook page for more details.
Please note that Welsh fencers attending this event have to have GBR on kit and GBR patches not Welsh.
A bid to host the 2019 WVFA Championships was recieved at the AGM from Jeff Conover and Peter Davies, Mold Fencing Club.
Details on date, venue, schedule, dinner TBC.
The WVFA Committe 2018-2019 are:
Lyn Robinson : Chairman (Team Manager Level 3, Referee Assessor).
Eddie Cooper: Vice Chair
James Selby: Treasurer and Membership
Mike Robinson: Secretary
Saskia Russell (Co-opted): Medical
Matt Russell: Welfare & Safeguarding Team Manager Level 3
Patricia Shepherd-Foster: member
Gillian Agahajan: member: Team Manager Level 3 M3
Selectors: Jeff Conover, Mark Robertson, Kel Brundle.
To contact the Chairman please use: firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the WVFA members who represented GBR in the Team and Individuals for the Worlds in Livorno, Italy, Oct 2018, acheiving the following results. Well done to all and TM, Gillian Aghajan.
MS Ind: Rob Penton Cat a: 45 and Carl Morris Cat b 11th, Both in Team event: 6th
ME Ind: Robin Davenport Cat c: 5th and Howard West Cat C: 9th. Team: 5th
WS ind: Pat Shepherd-Foster Cat C: 19th
WE Cat C 22nd & WF Cat C: 7th Ind: Margaret Myers