Welsh Fencing

The News section. This presents information articles about people, clubs and events associated with Welsh Fencing.

Over the weekend, we have been tightening up the security on the Welsh Fencing website, and now use SSL. Now when you go to the website, you will see a little padlock in the address bar, and you will automatically be directed to the secure site.  This confirms that any data you enter is secure.

SSL is the Secure Socket Layer protocol which is responsible for creating secure communication between client and server. This is done by both server and client authentication and the negotiation of an encryption algorithm and cryptographic keys.  What this means is that any data you enter on the website is automatically encrypted as it is transmitted over the internet. 

This has always been the case for any financial transactions, as we use PayPal for these.  We never hold any financial data about any transactions, such as entry fees.  We dont receive any debit or credit card data, or any PayPal data, which means that any payments you make are secure. 

With SSL, it means that your entry details are also now secure.  Its just a little thing, but is considered 'best practice' in the world of the Internet.

This year’s Winton Cup was once again an intensive weekend of fencing with 11 teams fencing a poule unique, meaning 30 fights each for some of our fencers. The top end of the table was more hotly contested than I can remember for a long time, with very little to choose between the top six teams.

Cadet Nationals

There was Welsh success at the Cadet National Championships, where Ian Ren (Men's Sabre), Phoebe Dawe (Women's Foil) and Dylan Ballard (Men's Epee) all won Bronze medals.  Great results, well done!

Congratulations also to Stephanie Phennah (5th in Women's Sabre) and Erin Corcoran (7tth in Women's Sabre)

BF Awards

Later in the evening, Daniel Schoen was the winner of the BF Young Volunteer of the Year at the BF awards.  Well done to Daniel, also.

Junior Nationals

No medals this year, but L8 finishes for Owen Edwards (7th in Men's Epee) and Abigail Watkins (5th in Women's Epee).

The annual equality survey went live a couple of weeks ago, but, as of today, very few responses have been received from Wales.

British Fencing have asked that we raise the profile and ask for more responses from Wales; otherwise any data will be unrepresentative and will have very limited value.

We would be grateful if you could spend just a few minutes to complete this survey.

To complete the survey, please click here.

When doing so, please note the following:
1. The survey is anonymous.
2. The questions are standard equality questions – and you have the option on each question to select ‘Prefer not to say’.
3. The individual responses are not stored on a BF system.
4. Results in summary form will be provided to the Board and Executive of BF, funding partners, and the Boards of Home Countries and will be available on request through Head Office.
5. It takes less than 3 minutes.

Welsh Fencing are pleased to announce the publication of the Youth Development Strategy.  For full details, please follow the link: Youth Development Strategy

Well done to Celyn Lewis, nominated for the British Fencing Awards as Young Referee of the Year, and to Daniel Schoen & Henry Talbot, both nominated in the Young Volunteer of the Year category.

For full nominations, follow the link: http://britishfencing.com/uploads/files/2017_british_fencing_awards_-_list_of_finalists.pdf


The Board recently asked Michael Clemitson to undertake an audit for us.  We would like to extend our thanks to Michael for completing this for us.

We would also like to thank all the clubs who replied willingly, and without quibble to this request. This was certainly  appreciated by Michael, and overall, we have had a very good response.

This puts us in a good position to respond to any subsequent ‘compliance’ questions which we may receive whether that be from within Sport Wales, British Fencing or the wider political  environment, and we will be in touch individually with any clubs needing assistance.

Welsh Fencing are very pleased to announce the addition of another selection competition to our events.

We intend to select a team of fencers in all 6 Weapons for the Challenge Wratislavia to be held in Poland in March 2018.

We will be selecting a maximum of 7 fencers in total per weapon to fence in the U13 or U15 categories. Selection will be done at the beginning of December this year.

The full selection criteria can be found here: Challenge Wratislavia Selection