Welsh Fencing

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

Unfortunately, due to very low interest, we have decided to postpone the Welsh National Championships.  With only EIGHTEEN entries across all events, it makes no sense to run the event.

All entry fees will be refunded.

Wales’ team for the 30th Cadet Winton was a young one, with fewer than half of the 22 fencers having had previous experience of the competition. Several were aged 13 or 14 – often fencing against experienced 17-year-old fencers.

The region finished fifth (equal) of the nine competing regions, which I think is an excellent result and a solid foundation for the future.

The 2018 Commonwealth Senior and Veterans Championships (CFC18) in Canberra are now confirmed to run from 23 to 28 November 2018.

For the latest information, see the dedicated website: http://www.cfc18.net


Over the last few days, we have been running a poll over the proposed design of a new patch.  It has generated a lot of comment, both through email and through social media in general. 

It's clear that we didn't get this right, so we have 'pulled' the poll and are proposing an alternative approach to ensure we get a broader input from the Membership, both in terms of design and in selection.

Our intention is to offer you all the opportunity to submit your thoughts over a proposed design, whether that is to retain the existing design, to use a traditional design, or to use a more modern style.  You are also invited to submit your own designs.  Please submit those designs and ideas to me by 21st December, 2017.

Clearly, there will be more designs than we can reasonably submit for public selection.  We therefore propose to establish an independent selection panel, who will be charged with reducing down all those ideas submitted to a more manageable number for public selection.  That selection panel needs to be representative of all members of Welsh Fencing. The Board will have the final decision over who is on that Selection Panel, but only to ensure it is fully representative.  The Selection Panel will have the final decision on the designs to be submitted to the Membership.  If you are interested in being involved in that selection panel, please let me know, again by 21st December.

Mark Ridsdale


Thanks to all who attended the Senior 5 Nations this year.

The individual weapon results can be found here: Senior 5 Nations Results.

The overall consolidated results can be found here:Senior 5 Nations Overall Results

As you may be aware Welsh Fencing are sending an U15 team to the Challenge Wratislavia event, in Poland, for the first time in March next year.

As you can imagine this requires a small workforce of willing and capable volunteers to ensure the safety of our athletes, as well as the right support during the competition to ensure a successful and enjoyable experience for all.

We are also hoping to use this as a development opportunity for anyone interested in becoming part of the WF workforce.

We are looking for a Team Manager, a Lead Coach and Support Coach for each weapon. If you are interested in any of these positions please email secretary@welshfencing.org with the position you would like to apply for, and any past experience (as a fencer or coach/support staff) or qualifications/courses attended. If you have no experience, but would still like to be involved please don't hesitate to apply anyway.

Deadline for applicants is 1st November 2017. Successful applicants will be announced by the end of November.

We are also looking for a Logistics Manager and volunteers to help with/oversee the booking of flights/transport. If you are able to help please email secretary@welshfencing.org (applying for this does not mean you can not apply for any of the positions above).

Please note that all applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Another fantastic weekend for the Welsh Team during this year's School Games at Loughborough University.

Rule changes meant a smaller contingent for this year's event, but each brought with them their determination to achieve and a bag load of team spirit.

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.