Welsh Fencing

Summary of Team Selection

The following table outlines the summary details of selection for the Wales team for the various Cadet, Junior and Senior events for which a national team is selected.

Further detail can be found in each of the specific Selection Articles in the menu below.

Event Date/Venue Support Team Selection Criteria
Senior Winton

Event: 8-9 July, 2017
Selection: 30 April, 2017
Venue: Nottingham

Jim Crawfurd

Mixed senior & developmental team

Selection entirely discretionary

School Games Event: tbc
Selection: April, 2017
Venue: Loughborough
Fran Russell
John Rees
Peter Russell

An U18 event, with selection criteria mandated by School Games

Senior 5 Nations

Event: 25 Nov, 2016
Selection: 31 July, 2017
Venue: Cardiff

tbc

Automatic selection for those achieving a Top 50 placing in the Senior Rankings on selection date, up to the maximum team size of 4

The Board can apply discretionary selection up to the maximum team size

Cadet Winton Event: Dec, 2017
Selection: 30 Oct, 2017
Venue: Millfield

tbc

Selection is as per the event criteria
Challenge Wratislavia Event: March, 2018
Selection: December, 2017
Venue: Poland
tbc

Team of 7 fencers per weapon, across all 6 weapons, covering U13 & U15 age groups. Preferred mix of 4xU15, plus 3xU13.

Selection via ranking on the Welsh Youth League, for fencers attending a minimum of 5 events outside of the Welsh regional events.  See the Selection Criteria for full details.

Senior Commonwealth Championships Date: November, 2018
Venue: Australia
Selection: 16th April, 2018; fencers to be notified by 23th April; appeals to be received by 7th May; final selection by 14th May
tbc

Automatic selection for those achieving a Top 30 placing in the ranking lists on selection date, provided they are in the Top 25% of the Ranking List (excluding those with no points), up to the maximum team size

The Board can apply discretionary selection up to the maximum team size where there are insufficient automatic selections

Team selection is based on results at the event

Cadet & Junior Commonwealth Championships Date: 2018
Selection: T-6months
tbc

Automatic selection for those achieving a Top 20 placing in the ranking lists on selection date, provided they are in the Top 25% of the Ranking List (excluding those with no points), up to the maximum team size

The Board can apply discretionary selection up to the maximum team size where there are insufficient automatic selections

Team selection is based on results at the event

Please note that the Board reserves the right to decide not to select/send a team for any event, regardless of fencers meeting the selection criteria.  Selection of all teams is the responsibility of the Board; they may, however, request input from weapon-specific coaches.

When applying discretionary selection, it is important to note that rankings are taken into account but are not the sole criteria.  For example, when selecting for the Senior 5 Nations, senior rankings will be considered as a guide, as will junior and cadet rankings for the younger fencers.  Other factors may also be taken into account. In particular the selection panel may compare all potential candidates on the basis of the following:

- The number and quality of competitions entered

- Past performance for Wales

- Results of Welsh Closed Championships

- Future potential

Congratulations to the following who have been selected to represent Wales at the forthcoming Sainsbury's UK School Games.

This has been an annual event since London won the bid for the 2012 Olympics, and this year is to be held at the London 2012 Olympic Park. It is a multi-sport event hosted & run along the lines of a major sporting championship (such as the Olympic Games), and is intended to provide athletes an insight into competing at this level.

Further details can be found here: http://www.2012schoolgames.com/

The event to be held at the start of May, will be one of the last events to be hosted at the Olympic facilities prior to London 2012.

Congratulations to all the fencers (and their coaches) and good luck at the championships!

Please find below the Wales Team selected for the Junior Commonwealth Championships 2012: