Members are 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 (e.g. Winton/Excalibur), National (e.g.Home Nations) or International level (e.g. Commonwealth) level..
Renewals can be made at any time of the year.
Annual BVF membership 1st Jan - 31st Dec - Cost £15
Annual WVFA membership 1st Oct - 30th Sept - Cost £10
BF membership- for WVFA/BVF/BF opens Full compete membership is required.
FIE membership(required for Europeans, Worlds, Veterans Commonwealths, Overseas Opens): Contact BF directly- Annually September to August.
N.B. You MUST be a member of BF/BVF/WVFA to represent the Welsh Veteran Team at the Veteran Winton Cup, Home Nations and Celtic Challenge.
BVF is adopting a new competition, ranking and selection scheme for next season.
Under the scheme fencers will be able to score ranking points at domestic and international events, including the European and World Championships. The total counting ranking points for the first season is the sum of the best two events, with no more than one being international competitions. Details of the scheme can be viewed via the links below.
The committee believes that the proposals will be beneficial to the development of veterans fencing in this country and will conduct a review of how well it worked at the end of the season.Documents
27th June 2016
Blockout Time Increased
The International Fencing Federation - the FIE - has announced the new timings for sabre. The new blockout time is 170 milli-seconds increased from 120 milli-seconds.
British Fencing domestic events should start using the new timings from 1st September 2016 in line with FIE rules. Clubs should contact the supplier of their equipment who will be able to help them update the timings in time for the new season.
On Guard Lines for Sabre
Update 27th June: In light of the recent information received by BF from the EFC in Information Letter No 28 on Friday 24th June, detailing that the trial rule around the on guard line for sabre will be extended to include EFC U17 events over the same trial period, BF are currently urgently reviewing whether it would be appropriate to trial the new format domestically, particularly for cadets. If you have any views or suggestions you like BF to take into account, please email email@example.com by 12noon on Friday 1st July. A decision will be taken the week of 4th July.
Full details can be found in this Document.
The WFVA would like to increase our membership and therefore our pool of available fencers for Team competitions.
If you know of any veteran age fencer at your club who would like to join us please dirct them to the membership page.
If you would like to be the Veterans representative at your club please contact us.
The WVFA ran two succussful LPJS events at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on the weekend of the Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June.
The events were open to U9, U11, U13 and U15 fencers, and were well supported by younger members of Welsh clubs as well as by fencers from all over the country.
The event support staff were highly impressed with the good sportsmanship, spirited performances, positive attitude, wacky socks, that the youngsters sported and they were a credit to themselves, their parents, clubs and coaches.
The event was supported by many veteran fencers, giving up their free time to help lay pistes, set out equipment, referee and run DT.
Our many thanks to all those involved.
A number of WVFA members joined forces with WF Cadets and Juniors to represent Glamorganshire at this years Excalibur, an excellent weekend competition in the same format as the Winton, ran by Tim Miles, Bath Sword, ably assisted by Gillian Aghajan.
At the end of the first day we were placed last, by the end of the second day we were placed 6th - The combination of youthful exuberance (and legs) and wiley tactical technique proved a winning combination for this our first foray into the event.
Many thanks to all those who gave up their weekend to support this event.
It is hoped that the WVFA will send a full team to the event in 2017: so long as it does not clash with the Home Nations, hosted by Irish Fencing, full details to follow.
We are proud to have given aid to the recent 2015 Cadet & Junior Commonwealth fencers, competing in Cape Town, South Africa, who repaid our generosity by bringing back a crop of medals.
Our members are very active promoting fencing around the principality, particularly in encouraging and helping to develop the next generation of youth fencers.
As well fencing for their own enjoyment in their own clubs around the principality, many of our members are qualified coaches; having coached the youth who have previously and are currently representing Wales at the annual UK School Games, annual Cadet Winton and at the Junior and Senior Fencing Commonwealths.
Some of our members have represented Wales on the Welsh Senior Squad in the past and in more recent years. Many have represented GB before becoming "veterans" themselves and continue to represent GB at veteran level.
More of our members are qualified referrees, up to FIE level, and are also experienced armourers.
Welsh veterans excelled at the 2012 London Olympic Games, many acting as volunteers at the Excel center during the Fencing competitions, some acting as Referrees for the wheelchair fencing events and for the Modern Pentathalon.
Notable amongst them were Gillian Aghajan, Mark Robertson, Gareth Law, Lynne Melia and Dr Harry Toland.