Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned athlete, the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association is delighted to welcome you to our growing ranks.
We are sure that you will have a very positive experience in 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 the Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships as an individual and gaining a place in the team event, which also take place
every two years.
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.
History of the Welsh Veterans
The WVFA originally started with a senior competition for those over 40 years of age. It was arranged by Professor Peter Stewart and held
at Bridgend Fencing Club in 1991, it was all weapons and all sectors and after a very excellent social weekend it was decided that we would hold another competition at the same time the following
In 1992 it was held again and at the luncheon after the Sundays fencing it was discussed whether or not to form our own Veterans
Association, the decision was unanimous and the Welsh Veterans Fencing Association was born.
So it is now officialy 25years old in October, although we have had 26 years of Veteran competitions; and in that time the membership
has grown from 17 to 80 we hold our Annual Championships and AGM in October. Additionally the Welsh Veterans have been responsible for organising the first Commonwealth Veterans Competition to be
held in Wales which attracted 119 fencers from eight Commonwealth Countries, it was extremely successful and was used as the template for further Commonwealth’s that are now held every two
We then instigated the Celtic Challenge which includes all the Celtic Nations, Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Isles, Whole of Ireland,
Brittany, Galacia, Asturias,Scotland and Cornwall. It is held on alternate years with the next Celtic Challenge taking place in Cardiffl in 2017 and this will hopefully continue for many
The WVFA also instigated the Veterans 4 Nations which was first held in Wrexham in 2007 and is now an annual event, the venue moving to
each of the 4 Nation countries in rotation.
Our aim, which was stated at our first meeting is to give every fencer over 40 years of age the opportunity to have an equal chance to
represent our Country in a friendly and convivial atmosphere.
The Welsh are recognised as being one of the most congenial and friendliest fencing Nations and are always at the forefront of innovation.
Welsh Veterans fencing has made the commitment to continue to be innovative and improve all aspects of fencing in Wales. Long may we continue and we look forward to our celebrations in
Mike Norfolk(Life President)
At the 2014 AGM of the WVFA it was with great sadness that Mike Norfolk (MBE) stepped down from his role as the Chairman of the WVFA.
In a very moving and heartfelt speech made on behalf of all the WVFA members, present and in absentia, by Gillian Aghajan,Mike was presented with a replica of the sword of the "Black Prince"
and a replica of the Celtic Challenge tophy "Arturo", to commemorate his dedication, commitment and unerring support of Veterans fencing in Wales.
At the Commonwealth championships, Mike was awarded with a life-time acheivement from the Commonwealth committee. (picture to follow)
Gillian also stepped down from her role as secretary to the WVFA. On behalf of the WVFA Pat Shepherd-Foster presented her with a commemorative glass vase in recognition of all the hard work and
dedication she has shown to the WVFA over her time as secretary. Gillian now takes up her role as the Chairman of the BVA, we offer our congratulations and wish her all the very best in her role.